watch the Melbourne Cup 2021 live online for free

The 2021 Melbourne Cup is set to start at 3 PM AEDT (1:30 PM ACDT / 12PM AWDT) on November 2. This is one event you’ll want to tune in early for, though, since the Melbourne Cup race itself only lasts for a few minutes. Luckily, with nine other races on the card, there’ll be plenty to keep you occupied. Below, we’ll explain how you can watch the Melbourne Cup (and every other Flemington race) live from anywhere.

You should note that we’ll only be recommending official Melbourne Cup broadcasters. Major sporting events almost always have unofficial streams, but they’re often laggy and only available in low-resolution; not exactly what you want when watching a high-speed race with the possibility of a photo finish. You can watch this year’s Melbourne Cup for free anyway, so there’s no need to use unreliable and unlicensed streams. 

This event will only be shown on region-locked platforms so you’ll need a VPN to watch on your usual home services while traveling abroad.

How to watch the Melbourne Cup 2021 from anywhere

New to VPNs and not sure how to use one? It’s actually fairly easy to bypass regional restrictions and access geo-locked content abroad.

Here’s how to watch the Melbourne cup 2021 live online (outside Australia):

  1. Start by signing up for a suitable VPN. We recommend NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are both strong alternatives.
  2. Install the VPN software. Most services offer apps for Windows, Android, MacOS, and iOS, so be sure to get the right version.
  3. Next, connect to one of your VPN’s Australian servers. This will trick geo-blocked sites into thinking you’re in Australia so that you’re able to use them abroad. 
  4. Try visiting one of the official sites below. You should find that they load almost instantly, but if not, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then refresh the page.

Some of the world’s fastest thoroughbreds compete in the Melbourne Cup and as the track is under two miles long, you can expect it to all be over in just a few minutes. For this reason, we recommend performing the steps above before the race actually begins. This way, if your VPN doesn’t work as intended, you’ll still have time to contact customer support for help.


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Where can I watch the 2021 Melbourne Cup online?

The Melbourne Cup is known as “the race that stops a nation,” so naturally, it’s heavily publicized. The good news is that this makes it easy to watch online; below, we’ll explain how:


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Australian fans have a couple of ways to watch, both of which are free. For most, the simplest way to stream the 2021 Melbourne Cup will be to visit 10play. Coverage begins at 9 AM AEDT, and all ten races will be shown.  Better still, users don’t even have to create an account to watch. Alternatively, you can stream the day’s events live on after creating a free account.

10play and are both geo-blocked, so if you’re trying to watch the Melbourne Cup from abroad, be sure to connect to one of your VPN’s Australian servers first. Don’t have a VPN yet? NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it risk-free.


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Sky Sports is the UK’s exclusive broadcaster of the Melbourne Cup. If you already subscribe to this service, you can simply log into the Sky Go app to start streaming at no added cost. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for a Sky Sports pass on Now TV (prices start at £9.98 for a daily pass).

Both of these services are region-locked, which means you’ll need a VPN to access them from abroad.

Which horses are competing?

As ever, 34 of the world’s finest, tried-and-tested thoroughbreds are set to race in the 2021 Melbourne Cup. With $8,000,000 in prize money shared between the top twelve winners, there’s everything to play for. Below, you’ll find a list of every competing horse at the time of writing:

  1. Incentivize
  2. Grand Promenade
  3. Verry Elegant
  4. Twilight Payment
  5. Spanish Mission
  6. Explosive Jack
  7. Johnny Get Angry
  8. The Chosen One
  9. Selino
  10. Miami Bound
  11. She’s Ideel
  12. Ocean Billy
  13. Delphi
  14. Persan
  15. Knights Order
  16. Tralee Rose
  17. Carif
  18. Pondus
  19. Master of Wine
  20. Port Guillaume
  21. Future Score
  22. Fun Fact
  23. Sir Lucan
  24. Great House
  25. Floating Artist
  26. Hasta La War
  27. Constantinople
  28. Emissary
  29. King’s Charisma
  30. Mankayan
  31. Tooradin