The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as “the race that stops a nation”, it is a 10,000 ft (3,200 metre) race; one of the richest turf races.
Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) on the first Tuesday in November.
Melbourne is one of the world’s great cities for sporting events, and the Melbourne Cup is one of the highlights.
Emily Fitzgerald, Horse Racing at Flemington Race Course for Melbourne Cup Carnival: Tourism Victoria