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Melbourne Cup

The 2020 Melbourne Cup is scheduled for Tuesday 3rd November 2020 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. It will be the 160th running of our most famous race.

Prize money for this year's race is in excess of $7,750,000, making it the richest handicap race in the world over 3200 metres.

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) hosts Australia's most famous race and it's always held on the first Tuesday in November. Huge crowds descend on Flemington to enjoy the day's festivities.

Melbourne Cup nominations are taken in September and the final field & barrier draw is released on Victoria Derby Day, on the first day of the four-day Flemington carnival in November.

Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

The 2020 Melbourne Cup final field & barrier draw is scheduled for Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday 31st October 2020 following the completion of the meeting.

The final field is released shortly after the Derby Day meeting has finished. The barrier draw is typically held around 6.30pm in the evening, where the final field & barrier draw is completed.

Betting is available right now on the big race and we highly recommend a Unibet account for the best odds for your bet.

We will have the final field and barrier draw as soon as it is announced, so make sure you return after the Derby Day meeting to see how your cup fancy fared in the draw.

Nominations and Dates

Melbourne Cup nominations are released in early September, along with handicap declarations. First, Second & Final acceptances are announced in October and November.

Melbourne Cup Nominations: August 2021
Melbourne Cup Late Nominations: September 201
Melbourne Cup Handicaps Declared: September 2021
Melbourne Cup First Acceptances: October 2021
Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: October 2021
2020 Melbourne Cup Final Acceptances: Saturday 31st October 2021
2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Saturday 31st October 2021
2020 Melbourne Cup Date: Tuesday 3rd November 2021

Dates are subject to change at the discretion of the Victoria Racing Club.

2020 Melbourne Cup Field

Cup Day is held at Flemington racecourse and the 2020 Melbourne Cup will run as Race 7 on the card with a 3:00pm (AEST) start time.


Of $7,750,000.1st $4,400,000, 2nd $1,100,000, 3rd $550,000, 4th $350,000, 5th $230,000, 6th $160,000, 7th $160,000, 8th $160,000, 9th $160,000, 10th $160,000, 11th $160,000, 12th $160,000
Handicap Event
No Allowances for apprentices. Field Limit: 24

# Form Horse Bar Trainer Wgt Jockey
1 x12 Anthony Van Dyck 3 A O’Brien 58.5 H Bowman
2 626 Avilius 10 J Cummings 57.0 J Allen
3 900 Vow And Declare 4 D O’Brien 57.0 J Mott
4 21x Master Of Reality 11 J O’Brien 56.0 B Melham
5 2x1 Sir Dragonet 14 CMaher & DEustace 55.5 G Boss
6 113 Twilight Payment - 1st 12 J O’Brien 55.5 J McNeil
7 411 Verry Elleegant 15 C Waller 55.5 M Zahra
8 098 Mustajeer 2 K Lees 55.0 M Rodd
9 72x Stratum Albion 9 W Mullins 55.0 J Childs
10 140 Dashing Willoughby 19 A Balding 54.5 M Walker
11 335 Finche 6 C Waller 54.5 J McDonald
12 x34 Prince Of Arran - 3rd 1 C Fellowes 54.5 J Kah
13 x29 Surprise Baby 7 P Preusker 54.5 C Williams
14 x03 King Of Leogrance 18 D O’Brien 53.5 D Lane
15 123 Russian Camelot 16 D O’Brien 53.5 D Oliver
16 331 Steel Prince 21 A&S Freedman 53.5 W Pike
17 873 The Chosen One - 4th 5 Baker & Forsman 53.5 D Stackhouse
18 241 Ashrun 24 A Wohler 53.0 D Bates
19 760 Warning 8 A&S Freedman 53.0 L Currie
20 ×04 Etah James 22 Maher & Eustace 52.5 B Egan
21 2x1 Tiger Moth - 2nd 23 A O’Brien 52.5 K McEvoy
22 003 Oceanex 17 MPrice & MKent 51.5 D Yendall
23 661 Miami Bound 13 D O’Brien 51.0 D Moor
24 121 Persan 20 CMaher & DEustace 51.0 M Dee

>>> 2021 Melbourne Cup Odds <<<

2019 Melbourne Cup Dividends

1st: #23 Vow And Declare $11.00 $3.90
2nd: #12 Prince Of Arran $4.60
3rd: Il Paradiso $6.80
4th: Master Of Reality


Quinella: 23-12 $82.40
Exacta: 23-12 $175.00
Trifecta: $2,953,40
First Four: $79,381.40
Quadrella: 23-2-2-2 $13,756

Note: Melbourne Cup dividends are from Victorian tote.

Melbourne Cup Information

The $8,000,000 Group 1 Melbourne Cup is run over a distance of 3200 metres under handicap conditions and brings Australia to a standstill on the first Tuesday in November. It's a public holiday for the nation and the state of Victoria gets caught up in cup fever once the Victoria Derby Day meeting is done and dusted.

melbourne cup

Once-a-year punters come out in force on cup day to place a bet on Australia's greatest race. Whether you bet win only or each-way, bookmakers and the TAB have a smorgasbord of betting opportunities on the biggest race day of the year. Oaks Day and Stakes Day round out the four-day Flemington carnival.

Leading online bookmaker Unibet is your best bet during Cup week as they offer top odds for the great race, along with a wide range of betting markets on cup day.

See below how you can Join Unibet to bet on the great race!

Join a Bookmaker to Bet at Flemington

Fancy a Bet on Cup Day at Flemington?
We work very closely with leading online bookmaker Unibet and they have a number of fantastic betting markets for Cup Day at Flemington.

Open a new Unibet account (click here), then you can check markets for free or deposit funds to place a bet.

Check out all the Unibet betting products for Cup Day to enjoy added value for money.

The Unibet Promotions Vault is a great place to start!

Take advantage of fantastic Melbourne Cup soecial offers on the biggest race day of the year.

About Unibet

Unibet is the best value for money bookie in the country. They offer an easy sign-up and deposit process using the most popular payment methods. Unibet provides top odds on all thoroughbred racing, including the excellent 'Best Tote' bet type paying best of the three Australian totes..

The Unibet App is a quality product with access to quality promotions and live streaming of popular events. Unibet promotions are very competitive, especially during the spring racing carnival, where bookmakers offer the full gamut of exciting value for money offers during Cup week.