Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


RNZ Live Blog: 2018 Melbourne Cup

LIVE: 2018 Melbourne Cup

The 2018 Melbourne Cup is here, join us for all the latest action from Flemington Raceway. Follow live updates with Matt Chatterton.

Before the big race gets underway here's a few facts to get you started.

The race (Race 7) takes place at 5pm NZ time at Flemington Raceway. The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November and features 24 horses aged three years or older. The race typically lasts between three and three and a half minutes with the horses going around the 3200m (two mile) track once.

This year's winner will take home $A7.3 million ($NZ7.9m). The favourite for the race is number 11 Yucatan which is owned by Lloyd Williams - the most successful horse owner in the history of the Melbourne Cup. The favourite only wins the cup about one in five times but they do often place.

Today is a public holiday for all those that work in Melbourne's metropolitan area though more Australians take sick leave today than any other day. Analysts say it costs Australia more than a billion dollars in lost productivity.

Last year 90 thousand punters attended Flemington for the Melbourne Cup, the record for highest attendance was in 2003 when more than 122 thousand people watched Makybe Diva win the first of its three titles.

Each year the Department of Internal Affairs reminds New Zealanders of the rules running a company sweepstake for the Cup. Here they are:

• Prize money can't exceed $500. Otherwise, you'll need to apply for a licence.

• Any money raised must be returned as prizes.

• Firearms, liquor, tobacco and vouchers for sexual services are all prohibited prizes. So you'll need to rein it in if you planned to offer these as sweepstake prizes.

• The organiser can't pocket a fee or profit in any way from holding a sweepstake.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Binoy Kampmark: Biden’s Victory: A Eunuch Presidency Beckons

Whatever was set to happen on November 3, President Donald J. Trump would not lose. Falling in that establishment firebreak against democracy known as the Electoral College would not erase, let alone repudiate him. His now victorious opponent, far ... More>>

Reese Ehrlich: Foreign Correspondent: The Challenge For Joe Biden

If he’s smart, the likely President-elect will stop the unpopular endless wars and use the money to help our domestic economy. By Reese Erlich I’m pissed. I’m pissed at Donald Trump for trying to shut down the vote count early and at Republicans More>>

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

The Conversation: Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely ... More>>

The Conversation: The Numbers Suggest The Campaign For Cannabis Reform In NZ Will Outlive The Generations That Voted Against It

Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed. More>>

Gordon Campbell: 22 Short Takes On The US Election

Finally, the long night of Donald Trump’s presidency is over. To date, the courts have been given no cause to conclude that the exhaustively lengthy counts of those mountains of mail ballots was anything other than legal. Stacking the US Supreme ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog