• Wednesday, 29 Nov, 2023,
  • by Andrew Copley

Why you should attend the Sportsbet Melbourne Cup

This Saturday is Sportsbet Melbourne Cup night at Sandown Park – the fourth of five massive Saturday nights of greyhound racing throughout November and December that make up the 2023 Sportsbet Dream Chasers Festival.

The Sportsbet Melbourne Cup is considered the pinnacle of greyhound racing worldwide, a moment when the absolute elite in the sport grace the track. They’re not just competing for a staggering $1 million in prize money; they’re chasing an unparalleled honour that sets hearts pounding and pulses racing.

Will the sport’s latest sensation BIG ENERGY land his first Group 1, or will another greyhound such as rising TIM ZOO land a knockout blow?

Across each night of the festival, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to chase their dream and share in over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

It’s free to enter and all you have to do is scan the QR code at the Sportsbet tent before Race 5.

WATCH: YACHI BALE (4) comes from nowhere to win the 2022 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup, etching his name in the history books.

If your name is drawn you’ll be allocated a greyhound in a selected race, and if your dog wins, you’ll select a box to reveal your prize.

Five prize boxes remain unopened – and with a brand-new Mitsubishi Outlander and 3 x 10,000 cash prizes up for grabs, the odds couldn’t be better!

You must be on course to collect your prize.


  • Free General Admission into Box 9 Public Bar
  • Gates open from 5:30pm
  • Taylor Swift Tribute Show – SHAKE IT OFF!
  • Roaming entertainers throughout the night
  • Burger and pizza food trucks
  • Giant screens so you don’t miss a minute of the action
  • Group 1 Sportsbet Bold Trease (715m) at 9.00pm
  • Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup (515m) at 9.49pm

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$120 First Place Marquee: Outstanding trackside viewing just past the finishing post. Includes 4-hour beverage package (beer, wine, soft drink), grazing finger food and live music entertainment. Enter discount code CYBERMONDAY when booking on-line to save 30 per cent!

$20 Club Shout Package: Includes event-branded stubby holder, 3 FREE drinks, $10 food truck voucher and access to all outdoor entertainment and on-course activations. Incredible value!

Book now at


  • Catch the extensive coverage on from 6.15pm on Saturday with Gareth Hall, George Farrugia, Mitch Ebeyer, James Van de Maat and Simon Marshall.
  • Channel 78 free-to-air, Channel 529 Foxtel, digital channels (app and website).


  • Sat 2 Dec: Sportsbet Melbourne Cup Final, Sandown Park
  • Sat 16 Dec: The Phoenix, The Meadows
Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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