Australians, for better or worse, like to have a punt. And there’s no bigger day for that than our annual horse race – the Melbourne Cup. If you want to keep track of proceedings, here’s how you can watch it online and for free, as well as advice for ex-pats who need a hand tuning in.
What time is the Melbourne Cup on?
The Melbourne Cup kicks off at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017. The race will commence at 3PM AEDT. This translates to 2PM in Brisbane, 2:30PM in Adelaide and 12PM in Perth.
What channel is the Melbourne Cup on?
As in previous years, the race will be broadcast on the free-to-air network Channel Seven. Seven’s coverage will begin at around 10am AEDT with the race scheduled for 3pm.
How to watch Channel 7’s Melbourne Cup coverage online
You can live stream the 2017
Melbourne Cup on Channel 7’s website.
How to watch the Melbourne Cup on Foxtel
The Melbourne Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. You can follow along on Sky Racing 1 (channel 519) and Racing.com (channel 529.)
How to watch the Melbourne Cup on Twitter
For the second time ever, the Melbourne Cup will be streamed live on Twitter around the globe. Follow here from 3pm AEDT.
Other ways to watch the Melbourne Cup online
A lot of the bookmaking websites have live streaming options, although you’ll probably need to have an account or possibly even place a bet to gain access.
How to watch the Melbourne Cup overseas
The best way to watch the Melbourne Cup from overseas is the aforementioned Twitter feed. Note that Channel 7’s online coverage may not work outside Australia if you don’t have a suitable VPN setup.
How to watch the Melbourne Cup on your tablet or mobile phone
Again, the best choice for tablets and phones is via Twitter or the PLUS7 app for iOS and Android. If you’re a Foxtel customer you can also use the Foxtel Go app. (This requires access to the appropriate sports package.)