The countdown to the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup is on, so we’ve put together a handy guide with everything you’ll need to know about the race that stops a nation.

What date is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup is always on the first Tuesday of November, that means this year it will be run on Tuesday November 5.

What time do the gates open?

For the extra-keen, the gates will be open at 8:30am.

What time does it start?


The race is slated to start at 3pm (AEST), though if history has taught us anything it will almost certainly start a bit later than that.

How long does the race go for?

It naturally depends on a number of factors (weather, how fast the track is etc) but generally takes about 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The race record is 3 minutes and 16 seconds set by Kingston Rule in 1990.

Which race number is the Melbourne Cup?

Race 7 of 10.

What time are the first and last races?


The first race is at 11am, the last at 5:15pm.

Where is it and how do I get there?

The Melbourne Cup takes place at Flemington Racecourse at 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington. The train is the best way to get to the course, with trains departing Flinders St Station, Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne. You can also get the 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street to Flemington Drive.

What is the official flower?

The official flower is the yellow rose, you’ll be able to buy them from sellers near the entrance.

Do I need a ticket before I get there?


Yes, all ticketing must be pre-purchased through Ticketek prior to the day.  Whether you plan to spend your day cheering on the star horses from a prime position in the stands, picnic-ing on the famous Flemington Front Lawn or partying in The Park, there is a ticket option to suit all racegoers. Visit to plan your day