The 162nd running of the great race is set to throw up some incredible storylines as horses from all over the world try to launch another raid on the most iconic trophy in Australian racing.
There was some huge drama on the morning of the Melbourne Cup with another fancied runner scratched by Racing Victoria’s vets.
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Lunar Flare was ruled out on the morning of the race after presenting with lameness on Monday. It leaves the field for the $8 million, 3200m classic cut to just 22 runners.
For everyone around Australia who wishes they were at Flemington today for all the glitz and glamour of the Melbourne Cup, don’t be too jealous. The weather forecasts are for a top of 14C with up to 10mm of rain expected with chances of late thunderstorms and hail.
The great race starts at 3pm AEDT.
* All times AEDT
Race 1: Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000 metres)
First — Krakarib
Second — Little Brose
Third — Awestruck
Fourth — Zulfiqar
Race 2: The Macca’s Run (2800 metres)
First — White Marlin
Second — Protection Money
Third — Caboche
Fourth — Pappalino
Race 3: Resimax Group Subzero Handicap (1400 metres)
First — Love Tap
Second — Kooled
Third — Struck By
Fourth — Cormorant
Race 4: TAB Trophy (1800 metres)
First — High Approach
Second — Lindermann
Third — Dream Hour
Fourth — Dashing
Race 5: The Schweppervescence Plate (1000 metres)
First — Renosu
Second — Kin
Third — Boldinho
Fourth — Crosswinds
1:55pm — Furphy Plate (1800 metres)
3:00pm — Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m)
3:50pm — In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1400 metres)
4:35pm — The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400 metres)
5:15pm — MSS Security Sprint (1200 metres)
Story Credit: news.com.au