The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s best known annual horse race, that’s said to stop the nation and takes place on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.
We’ll show you how to watch the Melbourne cup for free.
Thoroughbred horses aged three years and older take part in the 3,200 metre race, including a mixture of domestic and internationally trained horses. It is the world’s richest two-mile handicap and is among the richest turf races.
The event is organised by the Victorian Racing Club as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is known in Australia as “the race that stops a nation”. The race commences at 3pm local time (5pm NZ time) and the full day is an official public holiday in the state of Victoria.
The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and organised by Victorian Racing Club member Frederick Standish. The inaugural race was won by Archer, who was also the winner the following year. The length of the race was initially two miles, which is equivalent to 3,219 metres. In 1972, it was reduced to 3,200 metres as part of Australia’s adoption of the metric system.
Twenty four horses are selected to take part in each Melbourne Cup. The race is a handicap contest, where the combined weight of the jockey and riding equipment is adjusted with artificial weights to reach a specific amount. The total weight is also adjusted depending on the horse’s earlier racing results and the age of the horse.
Younger horses generally carry less weight than older ones. In the past, the handicap was designed to theoretically provide each horse with an equal chance of winning. More recently, the rules were updated to use a “quality handicap” in which the formula allows superior horses to be assigned less severe weight penalties.
The Victorian Racing Club determines the weight assigned to each participating horse, with the minimum handicap weight being 50 kilograms. While there is no maximum weight, the highest allocated weight must be at least 57 kilograms.
The total prize money currently on offer is $8 million, as well as $250,000 in trophies. This amount is apportioned amongst the first 12 horses to pass the finishing line, with the first place winner receiving $4 million, while the twelfth place winner receiving $150,000.
In each case, the owner of the horse receives an 85 per cent share of the place winnings, the trainer receives 10 percent and the remaining 5 percent is awarded to the jockey.
Phar Lap was a well-known racehorse during the Great Depression who won the Melbourne Cup in 1930 as part of his numerous accolades. Kingston Rule presently holds the record for the fastest race time of 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds after winning the 1990 Melbourne Cup. In 2005, Makybe Diva became the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup three times.
Fashion is also a significant part of the day, with major prizes also on offer for the best dressed male and female at the event. Quality and unusual hats sometimes draw much attention on race day. A smaller headpiece known as a fascinator has become an increasingly popular fashion accessory amongst female racegoers.
How To Watch Melbourne Cup Live In NZ
There are many TV channels showing the Melbourne cup, but in NZ you’ll need Sky Sports or TAB.
- New Zealand: Sky Sports or TAB Sports
- Australia: Tab.com.au, Channel 10, Fox Sports, Kayo Sports.
You can’t watch the Melbourne cup for free in NZ without a premium subscription.
How To Watch Melbourne Cup Free With VPN
To watch the Melbourne Cup live for free or on demand in New Zealand you can use Channel 10 in Australia which is a free to air station that offers live streaming via their website and their app. You don’t even need an account, just an Australian IP.
We’ll show you how to get that within 2 minutes below for under $1!
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To fool the website into thinking you’re in Australia then you can buy a VPN and choose an Australian server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
It costs $1 for 7 days, enough time to use it for the Melbourne Cup.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing Channel 10. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a AU based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Melbourne.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
You’ll now be able to go to your chosen channel and watch the live stream instantly.
It’s 100% free to create an account. When asked for a postcode enter a random 4 digit one.
Step 4: Start Watching Melbourne Cup Live
Search for the race in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your PureVPN account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.