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Melbourne Cup News
26/6/2017 Tavago in light training with spring aims
After initial fears Tavago would miss the spring carnival, the Group One winner is back in light work with connections hoping to target the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.. Read More

23/6/2017 Maybe another Melbourne Cup start for Big Orange after Gold Cup Royal Ascot win.

Big Orange has led all the way under James Doyle to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for trainer Michael Bell, holding off a late challenge from last year's winner, the Lloyd Williams-owned Order Of St George. Read more on Big Orange

Jun 14 2017
Red Cardinal to follow Protectionist path
Red Cardinal is likely to follow a similar program to Protectionist towards a start in the Melbourne Cup.Trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, Red Cardinal is the $15 equal favourite with Francis Of Assisi for the Melbourne Cup following his win in the Belmont Gold Cup in New York on the weekend. Read More
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Melbourne Cup
Race Details
Date:November 7, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Racecourse:Flemington racecourse
Race Distance:3200m
Prize Money:$6,200,000

Qualifying and race conditions:

The race is a quality handicap for horses 3 years old and over, run over a distance of 3,200 metres, on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse. The minimum handicap weight is 50 kg. There is no maximum weight, but the top allocated weight must not be less than 57 kg. The weight allocated to each horse is declared by the VRC Handicapper in early September.

Weight penalties
After the declaration of weights for the Melbourne Cup, the winner of any handicap flat race of the advertised value of A$55,000 or over to the winner, or an internationally recognised Listed, Group, or Graded handicap flat race, shall carry such additional weight (if any), for each win, as the VRC Handicapper shall determine.

The winner of the following races are exempt from any ballot:

  • Lexus Stakes (formerly Saab Quality and registered as The Hotham Handicap)
  • LKS Mackinnon Stakes
  • Cox Plate
  • Caulfield Cup
  • The Bart Cummings (from 2015)
  • Doncaster Cup (UK)
  • Irish St. Leger (IRE)
  • Tenno Sho (Spring) (JPN)
  • Sankei Sho All Comers (JPN)
  • Arlington Million (USA)
  • San Juan Capistrano Handicap (USA)
  • Australian Stayers Challenge