When is the Melbourne Cup 2021? Date and UK & Ireland start time

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*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing/Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason, you will lose your stake under traditional antepost rules

One of the greatest races in the world, the 2021 renewal of the Melbourne Cup is fast approaching.

Branded the ‘race that stops the nation’ by Aussies, it’s a handicap slog over two miles at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Twilight Payment, trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien, secured more than £2m in prize money for winning the race in 2020 and is among a group of more than 100 horses holding entries to this year’s contest.

A maximum field of 24 will go to post and with the weights already released, the hype is already building. Below you’ll find the date, UK & Ireland start time and Paddy’s antepost odds for the Melbourne Cup 2021.

Melbourne Cup 2021 Date and UK & Ireland Start Time

The Melbourne Cup traditionally takes place on the first Tuesday of November. It’s no different in 2021 with the race scheduled to be held on Tuesday November 2.

Now here’s where things get a bit tricky for those wishing to watch in the UK & Ireland. As anyone with the most basic grasp of geography knows, Australia’s on the other side of the globe so the time difference is quite extreme. The Melbourne Cup 2021 is slated to start at 3pm local time which converts to 4am GMT. It’ll either be an early start or a late night…

Melbourne Cup 2021 Antepost Odds

The Andrew Balding-trained Spanish Mission is currently joint-favourite alongside Incentivise after losing to Stradivarius by a head in last month’s thrilling Lonsdale Cup.

6/1
Spanish Mission Melbourne Cup (Antepost)

Twilight Payment, who has been handed the joint-top weight with Ebor Handicap and Irish St Leger winner Sonnyboyliston, is priced at 25/1 to defend his crown.

14/1
Twilight Payment Melbourne Cup (Antepost)

Incentivise – 10/1
Spanish Mission – 10/1
Dawn Patrol – 16/1
Realm Of Flowers – 16/1
Nickajack Cave – 20/1
Explosive Jack – 20/1
Away He Goes – 20/1
Sir Lucan – 20/1
Verry Elleegant – 25/1
Twilight Payment – 25/1
Selino – 25/1
Baron Samedi – 25/1

The rest of Paddy’s antepost betting market for the Melbourne Cup 2021 is priced from 33/1 to 80/1.

You can check out Paddy’s antepost prices for a whole host of upcoming races at paddypower.com/horse-racing?tab=future.

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