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|1||OTTAWA STAKES||TBC||1000 M||$150,000|
|3||HYBRID PLATE||TBC||1400 M||$150,000|
|4||SECURITY SPRINT||TBC||1200 M||$150,000|
|6||PREMIUM STAKES||TBC||1800 M||$150,000|
|7||EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP||14:00 AEST||3200 M||$6,000,000|
|8||PRINE OF PENZANCE HANDICAP||TBC||2800 M||$120,000|
|9||THE HK JOCKEY CLUB STAKES||TBC||1400 M||$200,000|
|10||TAB TROPHY||TBC||1700 M||$120,000|
Melbourne Cup Day is undoubtedly the most anticipated race day of the year, mainly because it hosts ‘the race that stops a nation’. The hats and frocks come out in numbers, and the champagne breakfasts and multitude of celebrity-filled functions are features of the big day. Held at the famous Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November, it is the second day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. However, up until 1875, the Melbourne Cup was held on a Thursday. Other than three of the five years of the Second World War (1942/43/44) when it was staged on a Saturday, the Cup has always been run on the second Tuesday in November.
With a fully grassed track featuring a circumference of over 2312m, Flemington is one of the premier racecourses in Australia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make their way to the iconic track in inner Melbourne. The course is covered in corporate marquees and roses in bloom. In 2013, more than 100,000 people flocked to Flemington. The ten races on ‘that day in November’ in 2014 boast total prize money of over $7.41m, with $6.2m allotted to the Cup alone. Coverage of the day, and the race itself, is extensive across Australia, and has gained traction internationally.
In 2013, 2.5 million people tuned in to see Fiorente cross the line first as the $6.90 favourite. Across its four jurisdictions (QLD, SA, Tas and NT), UBET punters invested a record $58m on all races on Cup Day 2013, including $44m on the big race itself.
About an hour before the horses leave the barriers, UBET’s computer processes around 40,000 bets per minute. With such large pools, customers often enjoy inflated dividends, like the Melbourne Cup First4 in 2012 which paid over $1m, or the trifecta which was worth $48,545.70.
Cup Day is all about the social aspect of racing like fashion, celebration, functions, rubbing shoulders with Aussie icons and international celebrities, and having fun. Of course there is the wagering side, including sweeps, once a year punters, studying the form, or even just following your favourite numbers, colours, jockeys or trainers. While not everyone can make it to their local race track, UBET outlet or Melbourne Cup function, most people take time out at work, or where ever they are, to keep an eye (or an ear) on the race.