The Melbourne Cup is almost back, with 24 local and international horses competing over 3200m for a whopping $8 million in prize money.
Here are the key things you need to know ahead of the 162nd running of the great race.
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ORDER OF ENTRY: WHO IN 2022?
Anamoe wins Cox Plate | 00:27
START TIME: WHEN WILL IT BE?
As always, the first Tuesday of November is the 1st this year. This year’s race will start at 3pm AEDT.
So it’s 3pm for Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Hobart. The race starts at 1:30pm if you’re in Darwin, 2:00pm in Brisbane and 2:30pm in Adelaide.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE MELBOURNE CUP?
Channel 10 broadcasts the Melbourne Cup Carnival, including the race itself.
You can also stream live via Racing.com on Kayo or watch via the racing channels on Foxtel.
WHO’S IN THE FIELD?
The final field of 24 will be confirmed on Saturday night, with places still open on Flemington Derby Day – with the winner of Saturday’s Group 3 Lexus Archer Stakes getting a start in the big race.
There are now 34 horses in the mix to make the final field. Check it out the latest order of entry here.
WHAT TERMS ARE OFFERED?
A total of 8 million dollars, the same as last year. It is broken down as follows:
1st $4.4M 2nd: $1.1M 3rd: $550,000 4th: $350,000 5th: $230,000 6th-12th : $160,000
Emissary takes the Geelong Cup | 01:00
WHO WON LAST YEAR?
February favorite Incentivize has been dethroned as the reigning Australian Horse of the Year Verry Elleegant pulled off a thrilling upset win under the brilliant ride of James MacDonald.
Incentivize, the lowest-priced favorite since Phar Lap, finished second, with Spanish import Mission third.
Verry Elleegant will not be defending her crown this year – the 11-time Group One winner was retired.
WHO ARE THIS YEAR’S FAVORITES?
English import Daville legend ($6) and German Hope Loft ($6.50) dominate early as the only two runners currently rated at single-digit odds.
Another British raider, Without a fight ($15), and winner of the Caulfield Cup Durstan are next on the market at $13, but as is often the case, it looks like an open case.
Here are the leaders in today’s betting market, via Bet on points