Melbourne Cup 2019: how to live stream the race for free on any device
It’s the race that stops a nation, with the host state of Victoria celebrating a public holiday on race day each year. In the lead up, though, women would have found the best fascinators and dresses, while the men would have dusted off their best suit. Everyone else would be getting ready to party the afternoon and evening away.
All this effort goes into enjoying three-and-a-half minutes of speed, drama and the heated relationship between horse and jockey.
While many would have tried to physically get to Melbourne’s famous Flemington Racecourse on race day, not everyone can do so. Those who can’t need not fret as, like previous years, you can keep up with the horses on TV. In fact, if your office isn’t equipped with a telly, you can stream Melbourne Cup 2019 on your computer or your mobile.
What is the Melbourne Cup?
For the uninitiated, the Cup is Australia’s most prestigious – and richest – ‘two mile’ handicap race for thoroughbreds aged three-year-old and over. The event is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival that was first held way back in 1861.
While it’s still referred to as a ‘two-mile’ handicap race, that’s not the actual distance the horses gallop. It was originally run over a distance of two miles (3.219km) but was shortened to 3.2km in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system.
Winners of the Melbourne Cup have always pocketed a hefty bag of prize money and trophies that cost a pretty penny too, and that purse just keeps growing each…