Viewers can watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup live online and see streaming video of “the race that stops the nation.”
The annual horse race is something much larger than a sporting event; it’s a chance for all of Australia to take a break, dust off their fanciest hats, and place a few dollars on the horse they think will take first place (or the horse with the prettiest name).
However, those unable to either make it to Flemington Racecourse or to a television will be able to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup live online (a link to the streaming video can be seen below). Post time for the race is at 3 p.m. AEDT (4 a.m. GMT/11 p.m. ET), but the action will last all day.
Below is a guide on how to catch all the Melbourne Cup action as well as some tips on where to place your bets.
Melbourne Cup 2016 betting guide
Before viewers can watch the Melbourne Cup live online, they will likely want to put a few dollars down on the outcome of the race. Because most people tuning into the race aren’t exactly experts, news.com.au has put together a full betting guide.
Racing expert Costa Rolfe predicted that Big Orange would come out on top in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, with a few potential upsets in the mix to place.
“Really think the tough on-pacer BIG ORANGE is well over the odds here and he’s going on top accordingly,” Rolfe wrote. “ALMANDIN hails from such a shrewd stable and I think he’s gotten under the radar a bit too. It’s very difficult to narrow it down to four but HARTNELL, JAMEKA and BONDI BEACH do look the class runners. GALLANTE is the pick of the roughies for mine.”
That is a popular pick for the race’s winner. Peter Moody, the four-time Melbourne-winning trainer, also picked Big Orange as the likely winner of the Melbourne Cup. However, he also told Fox Sports that this is a race where anything can happen — which was seen last year, when 100-to-1 Prince of Penzance ended up winning the race.
TheDaily Telegraph has a complete guide to betting all the horses in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, separating them into tiers based on their odds. The report noted that the first tier is Hartnell (6), Oceanographer (20), Big Orange (1); the second tier is Jameka (12), Almandin (17), Wicklow Brave (8); while the third tier is Almoonqith (9), Bondi Beach (4), Exospheric (5), Gallante (10), Qewy (23), Assign (18), Grey Lion (19), and Heartbreak City (13).
How to watch 2016 Melbourne Cup live online
There will be plenty of ways to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup. It will be broadcast on the Seven Network, which actually provides coverage of all nine races on the day. The coverage of the entire action will start at 10 am. AEDT and the racing action will start at 3 p.m., with Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani, Simon Marshall, and Simon O’Donnell covering all the events.
There are other ways to follow along with the race, including plenty of options to listen to the Melbourne Cup on the radio, the Roar noted.
The following stations all have their hands in the broadcasting cookie jar coming into the day:
– RSN Racing and Sport on 927 AM
– 3AW in Melbourne on 693 AM
– Triple M. Sydney 104.9 FM, Brisbane 104.5 FM, Adelaide 104.7 FM and Melbourne 105.1 FM
– ABC Grandstand – local radio – go here to find your frequency
– SEN on 1116 AM
Those who want to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup live online can find streaming video through the @FlemingtonVRC Twitter account, which will have video highlights throughout the day along with full live coverage of the race.
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