Press release. ONCE again, on the first Tuesday in November, the nation will stop while Channel 7 is in full gallop as we broadcast the 152nd running of the Melbourne Cup – along with all of the fanfare surrounding this iconic four-day carnival at Flemington.
It’s an event that goes from strength to strength both locally and internationally. In the last ten years, Australians have witnessed the overwhelming emotion of Damien Oliver’s win on Media Puzzle, the unrivalled three-peat by Makybe Diva, a Japanese quinella and, of course, the drama of 12 months ago when Dunaden and Red Cadeux hit the line at almost the exact same moment.
For Channel 7, the four-day telecast rivals the magnitude of the AFL Grand Final, Bathurst 1000 and the Australian Open Tennis. More than 300 personnel will be engaged across the 30 hour telecast utilising some 50 plus cameras. Those cameras are positioned to capture every single moment of the Cup Carnival – around the course, in tracking vehicles, in the jockeys’ and stewards’ rooms, in the parade and betting rings, in the barriers, on the ground and in helicopters above.
In between races, those cameras will focus on all the fun of the fair, around the Birdcage, at Fashions on the Field, in the Member’s pavilion, in the general public areas and the car parks.
And in line with the growing international flavour of the Carnival, Francesca Cumani, the acclaimed international rider and daughter of prominent English trainer Luca Cumani, joins our hosting panel led by the incomparable sports master caster Bruce McAvaney and co-hosts Simon Marshall and Richard Freedman. They are just four of the 16 public faces of Seven’s stable of stars backed up by the largest production crew assembled in the country this year.
From the first race on Derby Day to the last race on Stakes Day more than a week later, Seven will be all around the track as the whole nation stops to watch the drama unfold.
TV Guide (All on Channel 7 unless otherwise specified):
Saturday November 3 AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Sydney 11am – 6pm LIVE, 5.30pm -6pm LIVE on 7TWO
Melbourne 11am – 6pm LIVE
Brisbane 10am – 5pm LIVE
Adelaide 10.30am – 5.30pm LIVE
Perth 8am – 3pm LIVE
Sunday November 4 Melbourne Cup Preview
Sydney 12pm – 1pm
Melbourne 12pm – 1pm
Brisbane 12pm – 1pm
Adelaide 12pm – 1pm
Perth 12pm – 1pm
Monday November 5 Melbourne Cup Parade
Melbourne (only) 12pm – 1pm LIVE
Tuesday November 6 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
Sydney 10am – 5.30pm LIVE
Melbourne 10am – 5.30pm LIVE
Brisbane 9am – 4.30pm LIVE
Adelaide 9.30am – 5pm LIVE
Perth 7am – 2.30pm LIVE
Thursday November 8 Crown Oaks Day
Sydney 12pm – 5.30pm LIVE, 5.30pm -6pm LIVE on 7TWO
Melbourne 12pm – 5.30pm LIVE, 5.30pm -6pm LIVE on 7TWO
Brisbane 11am – 5pm LIVE
Adelaide 11.30am – 5.30pm LIVE
Perth 9am – 3pm LIVE
Saturday November 10 Emirates Stakes Day
Sydney 11am – 5.30pm LIVE
Melbourne 11am – 5.30pm LIVE
Brisbane 10am – 4.30pm LIVE
Adelaide 10.30am – 5pm LIVE
Perth 8am – 2.30pm LIVE