Celebrating Melbourne Cup around central and western NSW

Then Prime Minister John Howard and some of his Canberra staff watch the Melbourne Cup race on television in 2003. Picture: Andrew Taylor
Then Prime Minister John Howard and some of his Canberra staff watch the Melbourne Cup race on television in 2003. Picture: Andrew Taylor

Where can I stream the Melbourne Cup?

Watch The Melbourne Cup Live On Twitter

Watch The Melbourne Cup Live On 7Live

Need a sweep printout?

If it’s fallen to you to organise today’s sweep we’ve got you covered. Just click below to find your printable sweep.

Your guide to all the horses in the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Wondering who to put your hard-earned on in the Melbourne Cup? Andrew Garvey tests the waters - and waves in some favourites. Find the guide here.

Boom Time spears through the fence to win the Caulfield Cup. Photo: AAP

Boom Time spears through the fence to win the Caulfield Cup. Photo: AAP

A guide to keeping your calm in the office on race day

As the clock ticks down to Tuesday’s 3pm race, we ask the crucial question – is there an office etiquette to watching the Melbourne Cup? Find the guide here.

Then Prime Minister John Howard and some of his Canberra staff watch the Melbourne Cup race on television in 2003. Picture: Andrew Taylor

Then Prime Minister John Howard and some of his Canberra staff watch the Melbourne Cup race on television in 2003. Picture: Andrew Taylor

2016 Melbourne Cup socials

Take a stroll through the best and brightest of 2016’s Melbourne Cup socials in the Central West.

Need a last minute fascinator?

Forgot to grab a hat or fascinator? Never mind! Mudgee Milliner Narelle Fowler showed us back in 2016 how to make a fascinator out of newspaper.

Tips for taking out fashions on the field

  • Be weather appropriate: If it's pouring rain, strappy sandals will not impress the judges. Similarly, pay attention to hemlines and necklines – balance creativity with tradition.
  • Start with your accessories: Jess and Stef Dadon suggest entrants start with their millinery and almost leave the dress until last. 
  • Research past winners: Google past winners and see what ties them together and what the judges are likely to look for.
  • Know the judges: They change each year so research their personal style and see what's likely to make them tick.
  • Don't hold back: According to Stef Dadon, "You want to be a little OTT with it. Once you are among the other contestants the last thing you want to be doing is blending in."

Fashions: The good, the bad and the ugly 

The Melbourne Cup never fails to deliver when it comes to fashion on the fields and the colourful celebrities it attracts. 

Take a walk down memory lane with this gallery showing some wonderful examples of how to stand out at the cup.

THE ORIGINAL: Geoffrey Edelsten's wife Leanne Edelsten at the 1985 Melbourne Cup in what appears to be a tinkerbell inspired outfit.

THE ORIGINAL: Geoffrey Edelsten's wife Leanne Edelsten at the 1985 Melbourne Cup in what appears to be a tinkerbell inspired outfit.

Need help picking a winner? 

Down in South Australia it’s not about form, or the jockey, or the colours or any of that. It’s all about the biscuit. 

Guard dog Amor has risked it for the biscuit, and chosen his Melbourne Cup placegetters.

Inspired by the octopus who chooses the World Cup victors, The Standard, along with help from the Warrnambool City Council and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, organised for the penguin guardian to select the winner of Tuesday’s race. 

Twenty-four numbered plates were set up in a horse shoe shape, with a biscuit on each.

Amor then made his selection by chowing down on the treats.