Melbourne Cup Carnival Guide

Seven has released all the information you need to enjoy the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

As the home of horse racing on free-to-air TV, Seven heads to Flemington for LIVE coverage of the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival featuring Australia’s premier thoroughbred racing, fashion and personalities from around the world.

Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani and Richard Freedman.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne will also be joining the coverage throughout the Carnival to provide her expert insight and opinion.

Jason Richardson will conduct live interviews post-race with winning connections and form analysis from the mounting yard, along with analyst James Jordan.

Seven News sports presenter Mel McLaughlin will be a roving reporter on Melbourne Cup Day, interviewing all of the stars from the wider sporting world.

Seven’s flagship lifestyle show BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS has created a new garden showpiece on the grounds of Flemington Racecourse at this year’s Carnival, bringing racegoers the most inspirational garden design of the year.

Built across more than 100m2 of lawn, Better Homes’ multi-award winning landscaper Jason Hodges, has designed the grand garden to take in the colours and festivities of the carnival.

The garden features a raised lawn with seating pads, a deck with bench seating, ramped walkway and double formal columns topped with feature plants. Eye catching flowers will be changed daily, corresponding to the flowers specific to each race day.

During the coverage, Hamish McLachlan and Ross Stevenson will be giving Melbourne Cup Carnival viewers their unique That’s Racing take on everything at Flemington, as they go beyond the odds to talk about the fun and offbeat side of racing.  Hamish will also be hosting from the race stalls and pre-parade ring interviewing all the connections and reporting on horse arrivals.

Edwina Bartholomew, Rachael Finch, Emily Angwin, Neil Kearney, and Emma Davenport will bring all the colour, news and personalities from around the track.

Seven News meteorologist Jane Bunn joins the coverage on Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day to keep race goers and punters across all the latest weather news.

Basil Zempilas will be Master of Ceremonies, while Chris Symons will be reporting with energy, fun and insight from the jockeys’ room.

Racing Victoria’s new voice of Melbourne racing, Matthew Hill will be heard throughout Seven’s Melbourne Cup Carnival coverage for the first time. Hill has an extensive resume as a race caller and sports broadcaster including five Golden Slipper’s and Australian Derbies.

Seven will build on last year’s Melbourne Cup online offering which achieved over 575,000 live race day streams, with this year’s coverage streamed on the free ‘7Live’ app and via Twitter.

Race fans will follow the action throughout the day via the social media accounts of @7HorseRacing @Channel7 and @7Sport.

Bespoke race day content for streaming live via Facebook and Twitter leading up to Seven’s coverage will also feature.

The Carnival jumps out of the barriers on Saturday with what many racing purists consider the best single day of thoroughbred racing in Australia. Victorian racing’s premier three-year-old classic, the Victoria Derby is the feature event for stayers over 2500m. The Myer Classic, Kennedy Mile, and Coolmore Stud Stakes round out an exceptional day of Group 1 racing, along with five other Group races.

Then it’s the first Tuesday in November, which means only one thing to Australians: the Melbourne Cup. The nation’s greatest race, a handicap run over ‘two miles’, attracts thoroughbred horses from around the globe as trainers and owners look to etch their name in racing history. Every year drama, intrigue and stories unfold around the Cup with winners coming from all walks of life.

Oaks Day and Stakes Day, on Thursday and Saturday respectively, round out arguably the best racing carnival in the world. The latest in fashion, colour and flair is celebrated on Oaks Day, with the feature race the Group 1 Oaks for three-year-old fillies. Families are again expected to flock to Stakes Day to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere for the $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes, where fingers will be crossed that wonder mare Winx will take to the track.

 

Seven broadcasts every major meeting on the Australian calendar including the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Sydney Racing Carnival including the Golden Slipper, and the Spring Racing Carnival including the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in Melbourne, along with the Stradbroke Handicap and the Magic Millions.

 

BROADCAST TIMES
Saturday November 4 Victoria Derby Day
Sydney             11am LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO
Melbourne   11am LIVE on Channel 7
Brisbane         10am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide         10.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth               8am LIVE on 7TWO, 10am LIVE on Channel 7
Tuesday November 7 Melbourne Cup Day
Sydney            10am LIVE on Channel 7
Melbourne  10am LIVE on Channel 7
Brisbane         9am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide         9.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth               7am LIVE on 7TWO, 9am LIVE on Channel 7
Thursday November 9 Oaks Day
Sydney            11.30am LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO
Melbourne  11.30am LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO
Brisbane         10.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide         11am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth               8.30am LIVE on 7TWO, 9am LIVE on Channel 7
Saturday November 11 Stakes Day
Sydney            11.30am LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO
Melbourne  11.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Brisbane         10.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide         11am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth               8.30am LIVE on 7TWO, 10am LIVE on Channel 7