The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most prestigious annual horse race, and one of the world’s biggest spectacles.
Run over just shy of two miles, it is open for three-year-olds and over, taking place on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest 'two-mile' handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races in the season.
The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known around the world - in particular at home in Australia, as 'the race that stops a nation'.
The Melbourne Cup has a long tradition, with the first race held back in 1861. It was originally over two miles but was shortened by a matter of metres - 18 to be exact, when in 1972, Australia adopted the metric system.
As of 2017, the total prize money for the race is A$6,200,000. The first ten past the post receive prize money, with the winner being paid $3.6 million, second - $900,000 and third - $450,000.
Last year, Rekindling became the first three-year-old to win the Melbourne Cup since Skipton in 1941, and a first big race success for young Irish trainer, Joseph O'Brien.
This time around, 24 horses go to post, and here are some trends from the recent winners..