Australia’s premier thoroughbred racing series is right around the corner. The Melbourne Cup Carnival in early November boasts multiple days of high-profile races, including the A$8,000,000 prize purse Lexus Melbourne Cup.
A tradition of the Victoria Racing Club since 1861, the Melbourne Cup and adjacent races regularly draw more than 100,000 spectators for a week-long gala of thoroughbreds, entertainment, fashion, and food.
Here’s your guide to TV, online, radio, and betting coverage of the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington so you won’t miss a second of racing action.
When is the Melbourne Cup Carnival?
The Historic Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria is the host venue for all Melbourne Cup Carnival races and many events throughout the week between Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 9, 2019.
Four separate days of thoroughbred racing are scheduled during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Each unique race day is named for the marquee race event occurring on that day.
The full schedule of 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival race days:
- Day 1 / Saturday, November 2 – AAMI Victoria Derby Day
- Day 2 / Tuesday, November 5 – Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
- Day 3 / Thursday, November 7 – Crown Oaks Day
- Day 4 / Saturday, November 9 – Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.
Three TV networks are slated to broadcast the proceedings from Flemington in 2019.
Network Ten extends its coverage to new heights this year with free-to-air broadcasts. The national channel will feature in-depth coverage on all four Melbourne Cup Carnival race days.
Racing.com, Australia’s dedicated thoroughbred racing media platform, brings you broadcasts all week long on Channel 78 (metro) and Channel 68 (regional)
Subscription service network Foxtel (Channel 522) will also broadcast live on all race days throughout Melbourne Cup week.
Several online services will stream Melbourne Cup Carnival races.
Check out Racing.com for all the action on AAMI Victoria Derby Day.
Twitter will broadcast the marquee event Melbourne Cup race on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, with a live stream between 13:30 and 15:30 AEST. You can find the race on Twitter handle @FlemingtonVRC.
Racing.com returns with streaming coverage on for the Melbourne Cup Carnival finals on Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.
Racing.com also offers 24/7 coverage, including live races and replays dating back three seasons via the Racing+ exclusive content service. Racing+ streams are accessible from your computer or mobile device.
Registration is free but mobile or internet data charges may apply.
Radio broadcasts for all Melbourne Cup Carnival race days will be available on the following stations:
- RSN Racing and Sport 927 AM
- 3AW 693 News Talk
ABC Grandstand will additionally broadcast on AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Lexus Melbourne Cup Day.
Several international outlets will bring Melbourne Cup Carnival race coverage to those situated outside Australia. Broadcasts are expected to reach over 700 worldwide viewers in over 160 countries.
Here’s a list of broadcasters by region. Please check your local listings for more details.
- Asia-Pacific: Australia Plus, Reuters
- Middle East: Dubai Sports, Reuters
- Europe: Eurosport, BBC Radio, Reuters
- Americas: Sky Racing World, Reuters, Fox Sports 1
Melbourne Cup Carnival Betting
Betting on the Melbourne Cup Carnival races is a pastime of die-hard race watchers and casual fans alike in Australia.
Fortunately, punters don’t have to be present at the Flemington counter to file a bet slip. There are a number of Australian online bookmakers offering odds and bonuses on Melbourne Cup Carnival races.
Locally available brick and mortar and online sportsbooks will offer the action to international thoroughbred punters.
If You Go
Race day tickets and hospitality packages are available for those who plan to attend at Flemington. Visit https://www.flemington.com.au/melbourne-cup-carnival/tickets-and-packages for purchase or more information.
Racegoers are encouraged to download the Flemington Raceday Guide app to access digital concierge services while at the racecourse. The app is available in the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android).