Once again the excitement builds for the Melbourne Cup –" the Race That Stops a Nation". Not only is it Australia's most famous horse race, but one of the world's as well, being televised to a live audience of around 650 million people globally. This year, 2022, will be the 162nd running of the race since it began in 1861 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.
As has been the tradition since 1875, the race will be run on the first Tuesday in November. This year the Melbourne Cup is set to start at 3pm on Tuesday, 1st November. After 3200 metres the winner is expected to cross the finish line just over three exciting minutes later.
Once again, TCL are the official partners of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. As part of their sponsorship, TCL continue to supply and install over 1500 TVs at the racecourse and headquarters. Additionally, they are involved in Race Carnival activities including Fashions on the Field and the Pin & Win charity program.
This year, TCL have further extended their sponsorship to a year-round partnership with the Victorian Racing Club (VRC). Involvement includes race name sponsorship on Kennedy Oaks Day and Flemington Racecourse permanent signage.
Attendance over the last couple of years has been much lower than the standard due to Covid restrictions. This year we are hoping to see a return to the 100,000 plus crowds visiting Flemington Racecourse for Melbourne Cup Day.
Whether you are lucky enough to get to Flemington, or watch the race from work or home, we thought we'd share some fun facts and statistics.
Last but not least, we wanted to leave you with a little trivia about the Melbourne Cup trophy (the actual Melbourne Cup). The trophy has a unique design with three handles. These are meant to represent the special relationship between the winning jockey, trainer, and owner. During the winner celebrations the handles allow all three parties to hold onto the cup simultaneously.
The final field for the Melbourne Cup is typically announced on the Saturday prior to the race. This year the final field will be announced on Saturday 29th October.
The favourite in most horse races typically comes in around 35% of the time. For the Melbourne Cup, however, the favourite has won just over 21% of the time. Choosing a winner can be tricky. Some people take note of which horses perform well at lead-up races such as the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup.
With the Australian horse, Verry Elleegant winning last year's Cup, the European contenders will be looking for a win. Top odds are on the Irish horses Deauville Legend and Camorra, as well as the German Loft. They'll likely be up against the well performing Australian horses including Duais and Alegron this year.
Whichever horse you take a fancy to, we hope you'll be watching and enjoying the race on a TCL TV. Good luck, and we hope your horse comes home a winner.