2017 Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup during the Melbourne Cup parade.Raced on the first Tuesday each November, the Melbourne Cup is known as ‘the race that stops a nation.’ In 2017, it was won by Rekindling, with Johannes Vermeer in second, Max Dynamite third, Big Duke in fourth.

The Group 1 Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m and is the world’s richest turf race with a total prize pool of $6.2 million, attracting quality staying horses from around the globe every year.

More 2017 Melbourne Cup
» Race report: Rekindling wins
» Who came last
» Complete finishing order
» Watch video highlights replay
» Re-live the race with our live blog
» Regal Monarch’s horror fall
» Winning trifecta and quinella
» Winning exact and first four

Only the Dubai Cup ($10 million USD) and the Japan Cup ($6.8 million) offer more prizemoney than the Melbourne Cup.

The 2017 edition was the 157th running of Australia’s most famous and popular thoroughbred race, held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on the first Tuesday of November.

What, Where and When

Date: Tuesday, November 7
Time: 3pm local (AEDT)
Distance: 3200 metres
Venue: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Prizemoney: $6.2 million
Race Type: Handicap

Q: What time does the Melbourne Cup start?
A: The 2017 Melbourne Cup is run at 3.00pm AEDT (Melbourne time)**.

**The race will be run at 3pm AEDT, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event, which may occur with horses needing a farrier for horseshoe issues, delays in lead-up races, and other unforeseen events. However, most races will run at 3pm or within a few minutes. One thing is definite: it will not start before 3pm AEDT!

Whatever the issue, The Roar will have all the live race updates as they develop over on the live blog.

Other times: Queensland: 2pm AEST, South Australia: 2:30pm ACDT, Western Australia: 12pm AWST

Q: What channel is the Cup on?
A: Channel Seven have the rights to the live race, at 3pm**, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event.

Whilst 7TWO, 7Mate have been used previously, the main Channel Seven station will be broadcasting. Long time Melbourne horse racing caller Greg Miles will again call the race. Sky Racing will show an immediate replay in TABs and pubs and clubs.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup was won by Rekindling when it was run on Tuesday, November 7.

2017 Melbourne Cup complete finishing order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 22 REKINDLING (GB) Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg
2 7 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 0.4L 3 54.5kg
3 9 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Zac Purton 2.9L 2 54kg
4 13 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5.65L 5 53.5kg
5 18 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 6.4L 19 53kg
6 21 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) William Mullins Ben Allen (a) 8.65L 20 52kg
7 4 TIBERIAN (FR) Alain Couetil Olivier Peslier 9.15L 22 55.5kg
8 17 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 9.65L 7 53kg
9 5 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 9.75L 16 55kg
10 12 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Stephen Baster 10.5L 8 54kg
11 6 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 11.25L 23 55kg
12 2 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 11.45L 14 56.5kg
13 24 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 12.2L 17 50kg
14 23 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Dean Yendall 12.95L 10 51kg
15 15 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 13.95L 9 53kg
16 20 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15.45L 15 53kg
17 19 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 15.85L 11 53kg
18 14 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 16.15L 21 53.5kg
19 3 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Blake Shinn 16.65L 13 56kg
20 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Damian Lane 28.65L 12 57.5kg
21 10 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 30.15L 6 54kg
22 8 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 31.4L 1 54kg
23 16 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 99.9L 18 53kg
11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0

Last updated: 9 November, 2017

Melbourne Cup Articles

The public has got it wrong about racing

The public has got it wrong about racing

by , 23 Nov 2017

Every year around Melbourne Cup time there are seems to be a series of articles heavily critical of horse racing, most are easily dismissed as transparent virtue signalling rather than a serious discussion of animal welfare.

Cup week a story of the old and new

Cup week a story of the old and new

by , 13 Nov 2017 Video

The Flemington carnival is always about a mixture of old faces and new, it’s just a matter of the balance from year to year.

Cup runneth under: How to improve Aussie horses’ chances

Cup runneth under: How to improve Aussie horses’ chances

by , 12 Nov 2017

Another year, another running of the $6 million International Benefit, also known as the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup is still important

The Melbourne Cup is still important

by , 10 Nov 2017

On Tuesday night, Greg Baum wrote a piece for The Age which stopped just short of calling the Melbourne Cup dead, as both a race and an event.

Cheers to Pinot as Gai Waterhouse claims the Oaks

Cheers to Pinot as Gai Waterhouse claims the Oaks

by , 9 Nov 2017

Pinot has recorded a surprise victory in the VRC Oaks to give Gai Waterhouse her first win in the race.

Melbourne Cup 2017: Winners and losers

Melbourne Cup 2017: Winners and losers

by , 8 Nov 2017 Video

The 2017 Melbourne Cup was taken out by Rekindling in another two-horse duel down the straight, narrowly overcoming Johannes Vermeer.

Pulling apart the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Pulling apart the 2017 Melbourne Cup

by , 8 Nov 2017 Video

Another Melbourne Cup run and won. Another Lloyd Williams trophy in the cabinet at Macedon Lodge.

The day the voice of Matthew Hill, on Melbourne Cup debut, was more important than all the world leaders

The day the voice of Matthew Hill, on Melbourne Cup debut, was more important than all the world leaders

by , 8 Nov 2017 Video

The coincidence was too strong to ignore.

Melbourne Cup 2017 finishing order: Rekindling wins in thrilling finish

Melbourne Cup 2017 finishing order: Rekindling wins in thrilling finish

by , 7 Nov 2017 Video

Rekindling has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup, finishing ahead of Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite in second and third places respectively to claim the richest handicap race in the world.

Regal Monarch euthanised after horror fall on Melbourne Cup Day

Regal Monarch euthanised after horror fall on Melbourne Cup Day

by , 7 Nov 2017 Popular article! Video

Melbourne Cup day has again been scarred by tragedy. Regal Monarch has been euthanised after going down heavily in Race 4, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate.


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