The 2021 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 2nd November. Our guide to the Melbourne Cup previews the 2021 race and reviews past events. Jump to any section of our Melbourne Cup guide using the links below:
Twilight Payment passes the winning post to win the 2020 Melbourne Cup. Source: Getty Images
About the Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most popular horse race. The Cup, as it is affectionately known, is a handicap event run over 3200m at the Flemington racetrack. Typically, 24 horses make up the Cup field in any given year, and horses must qualify for the race. The total prizemoney on offer for the 2021 Melbourne Cup is $7,750,000.