Melbourne Cup 2014
The Melbourne Cup is an annual horse racing event held in Victoria, Australia on the outskirts of Melbourne. Dubbed the "Race that Stops a Nation", the entire nation gets involved in this iconic day!
First held on 7 November 1861 in front of 4,000 of Victoria’s well-to-do and a few gold miners, The Melbourne Cup has developed into Australia’s premiere thoroughbred race with a prize purse of over $6 million AUD and is indeed considered one of the richest and prestigious horse races in the world.
Known as “the race that stops a nation”, race day has become a holiday, with a majority of Australians glued to their televisions for the race. The race also attracts a large amount of international spectators eager to see the horses up close while enjoying the sites of Melbourne.
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
When: First Tuesday of November at 3:00pm
Length: 3200 metres
Number of Competitors: Up to 24 thoroughbreds
Prize Purse: $6,000,000+ AUD
The Melbourne Cup is historically one of the most exciting races of the year. With the size of the field and the amount of quality horses participating, most of the 24 horses are rated some chance of finishing near the front. Over the years, the Melbourne Cup winner has been very difficult to predict, with only 23% of favourites saluting the judge first.
In 2012, it was an upset result as Green Moon, ridden by Australian jockey Brett Prebble, passed the post in first position at odds of 22-1. In 2013, Fiorente bucked the trend. Heavily backed into favouritism ($7) on the day, the Gai Waterhouse trained horse dashed clear with 100m left and was never headed. Will Fiorente aim to win the Cup again in 2014? Be there to find out!
Whatever your reason for choosing your horse, be it on name, colours, or form, be sure to cheer loudly as they turn the corner for home - the horse may just hear you!
The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington Racecourse in the small Melbourne suburb of Flemington. Melbourne Cup accommodation near the race track is limited but luckily, Flemington is serviced by a number of public transport options that allows for travellers to choose accommodation for the Melbourne Cup that is closer to the city’s centre.
Melbourne boasts a wide range of holiday rentals, from high rise apartments to townhouses and units. Whether you're searching for something small, or a larger holiday house for you and your mates, there is something for everyone at Melbourne Cup time in Melbourne.
Attending the Cup
The race is held on the first Tuesday of November at 3:00pm at beautiful Flemington Racecourse. It is important to plan your trip accordingly and arrange a suitable amount of time to get to the track from your Melbourne Cup accommodation. If you want to nab the best position on the lawn next to the racecourse, it is suggested to get to the track early. The lawn is the most popular area for people to watch the races from, so if you want some prime real estate, get in early! A number of trains and trams service the Melbourne Cup - click here for more information.
If you are one of the 80% of adults who will be placing a bet on the races on Melbourne Cup day, ensure you leave enough time between races to place a bet. The bookmakers are swamped with punters looking to cash in on their horseracing knowledge - be sure to keep an ear out for any tips!
As with other race days during the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the Melbourne Cup is also a major fashion event. For those of you that are fashion minded, you might like to check out the 'Fashions on the Field' event, where the best-dressed men and women strut their stuff on stage in an effort to win big prizes. Men and women alike pick out their very best outfits for the day, so guys, get your suits dry cleaned, and girls, get shopping! If you like to pack lightly, you may want to shop for your raceday outfit in one of the city’s many shopping outlets. If this is the case, be sure to book accommodation for the Melbourne Cup near one of Melbourne’s fabulous shopping districts.
With over 100,000 spectators making their way to the racetrack, the Melbourne Cup is a great event for the city of Melbourne which plays host to many outside visitors during the days preceding and following the race.
Most visitors choose their Melbourne Cup accommodation based on a balance of ease of access to Flemington and proximity to Melbourne’s famous attractions. Melbourne’s most popular attractions include the Melbourne Zoo, Royal Botanical Gardens, Royal Exhibition Building, the Arts Centre, Federation Square and St. Kilda beach. Public transport links many of these sites, so when booking accommodation for the Melbourne Cup, be sure to check your holiday rental's proximity to bus, train or tram stops to get the most out of your holiday.