Melbourne Cup


Get that winning feeling and celebrate the race that stops the nation aboard Sydney's thoroughbred cruise ship MV Sydney 2000. The Melbourne Cup Lunch cruise will get you to the winners circle in style with premium 3 course dining and all the action of race day live plus race sweeps, best dressed and lucky door prizes to be won. Secure your seats now and join all the fun on the first Tuesday in November.

Melbourne Cup Lunch Cruise 2021
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Sample Program (subject to change):

  • Place your bets prior to boarding at the King St Wharf Mobile TAB
  • 12noon depart from Darling Harbour King St Wharf No.1
  • 12.30pm lunch and horse auctions
  • 2.00-2.30pm prize awards for Best Dressed & Lucky Door
  • 3.00pm race live broadcast

The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and won by "Archer", a horse from Nowra NSW who had walked 800km to get to the race. Archer's owner collected £170 and a gold watch. Today the winner takes home over 3 million dollars and approximately half of the horses are from overseas stables. 

Two race horses have cemented their places in the hearts of the nation. During the Great Depression, "Phar Lap" was so good that racing officials changed the rules to make the race more of a contest, with no effect. In 1930 he won the Melbourne Cup at the record low odds of 8-11 (1.73). In 2005, "Makybe Diva" became the only horse to win three Melbourne Cups, and in consecutive years. 


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