Melbourne Cup to run in front of empty stands for the first time ever

The 160th Melbourne Cup will be held in front of silent stands for the first time ever today.

The ‘race that stops the nation’ will run at 3.00pm AEST (2.00pm Queensland time), but crowds are banned from flocking to Flemington to watch it.

It’s expected to be a bit of a test for Melbourne, which is just emerging from months of harsh lockdown restrictions.


People are able to gather in small groups at parks and beaches, and will still enjoy the public holiday for the race.

Police will be out in force, ensuring restrictions and social distancing rules are adhered to.

Meantime around the rest of the country, restaurants, racing venues, pubs and clubs are planning elaborate Melbourne Cup Day celebrations.

In terms of horses, Tiger Moth is the favourite to take the cup, with seasoned jockey Kerrin McEvoy on board.

It’s among 16 foreign horses and eight locals lining up for the event.

For the race list and form guide, click here.