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2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch

  • We are just five days away from the start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • The Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday, 2nd November
  • The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off on Saturday, where Flemington will hosts four Group One races
Melbourne Cup Launch
Michelle Payne poses with the 2021 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)
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Justin Darcy 25 Oct 2021
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Monday, October 25th saw the launch of the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival where ambassadors Michelle Payne & Gai Waterhouse held the Melbourne Cup alongside VRC Chairman Neil Wilson.

Michelle Payne is renowned for her ride aboard Prince Of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup where she held off the world's best jockey in Frankie Dettori on the $101 shot, becoming the first ever female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Michelle had the opportunity to have a photoshoot with the Melbourne Cup winner on course today, feeding him his fair share of carrots after what was a memorable moment in Australian history six years ago.

Gai Waterhouse trained Fiorente to win the 2013 Melbourne Cup and will likely have Irish import Sir Lucan as her representative this year alongside co-trainer Adrian Bott.

The $8M Melbourne Cup is set to be run on Tuesday, November 2nd where Incentivise is the dominant favourite after taking out the $5M Caulfield Cup in dominant fashion.

Spanish Mission sits on the second line of betting after a last start narrow second placing behind Stradivarius, simply irresistible form lines for this year's Melbourne Cup.
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Victoria Racing Club Chairman Neil Wilson poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Victoria Racing Club Chairman Neil Wilson poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse, Victoria Racing Club Chairman Neil Wilson and Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne pose with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse, Victoria Racing Club Chairman Neil Wilson and Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne pose with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse gives the thumbs up during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse gives the thumbs up during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne feeds 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne feeds 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn ambassadors Tayla Damir poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn ambassadors Tayla Damir poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn ambassadors Tayla Damir poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn ambassadors Tayla Damir poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse poses during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse poses during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn ambassadors Tayla Damir poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn ambassadors Tayla Damir poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Victoria Racing Club Chairman Neil Wilson poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Victoria Racing Club Chairman Neil Wilson poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse and Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne pose with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse and Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne pose with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse and Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne pose with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Trainer and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador Gai Waterhouse and Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne pose with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Michelle Payne poses with the Melbourne Cup during the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch at Flemington Racecourse on October 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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