Seven’s big week at Flemington for Melbourne Cup Carnival

Watch via the screens of Seven: Channel 7, 7TWO and 7Live app

Bruce McAvaney

• Watch via the screens of Seven: Channel 7, 7TWO and 7Live app

Seven heads to Flemington for live coverage beginning Saturday of the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival featuring Australia’s premier thoroughbred racing, fashion and personalities from around the world.

Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani and Richard Freedman.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne will be joining the coverage throughout the Carnival to provide her expert insight and opinion.

Jason Richardson will conduct live interviews post-race with winning connections and form analysis from the mounting yard, along with analyst James Jordan.

Seven News sports presenter Mel McLaughlin will be a roving reporter on Melbourne Cup Day, interviewing all of the stars from the wider sporting world.

Seven’s Better Homes & Gardens has created a new garden on the grounds of Flemington Racecourse at this year’s Carnival.

Built across more than 100 square metres of lawn, Better Homes’ multi-award winning landscaper Jason Hodges has designed the grand garden to take in the colours and festivities of the carnival.

During the coverage, Hamish McLachlan and Ross Stevenson will be giving Melbourne Cup Carnival viewers their unique That’s Racing take on everything at Flemington, as they go beyond the odds to talk about the fun and offbeat side of racing. McLachlan will also be hosting from the race stalls and pre-parade ring interviewing all the connections and reporting on horse arrivals.

Edwina Bartholomew, Rachael Finch, Emily Angwin, Neil Kearney and Emma Davenport will bring all the colour, news and personalities from around the track.

Seven News meteorologist Jane Bunn joins the coverage on Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day to keep racegoers and punters across all the latest weather news.

Basil Zempilas will be Master of Ceremonies, while Chris Symons will be reporting with energy, fun and insight from the jockeys’ room.

Racing Victoria’s new voice of Melbourne racing Matthew Hill will be heard throughout Seven’s Melbourne Cup Carnival coverage for the first time. Hill has an extensive resume as a race caller and sports broadcaster including five Golden Slippers and Australian Derbies.

Seven will build on last year’s Melbourne Cup online offering, which achieved over 575,000 live race day streams, with this year’s coverage streamed on the free 7Live app and via Twitter.

Race fans will follow the action throughout the day via the social media accounts of @7HorseRacing @Channel7 and @7Sport.

Bespoke race day content for streaming live via Facebook and Twitter leading up to Seven’s coverage will also feature.

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