Ten reveals 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival broadcast program and new reality program

Ten’s coverage of the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins in just over a month, kicking off with Penfolds Victoria Derby Day on Saturday, 30 October.

It will be the third time Ten has aired the Melbourne Cup, after signing five-year, $100 million deal with the Victorian Racing club in 2018.

On board for the coverage are host Michael Felgate, and he’ll be joined by racing presenter Caty Price, mounting yard expert Brittany Taylor, Group 1 winning jockey James Winks and form expert David Gately.

L-R: Caty Price, Michael Felgate, Brittany Taylor

Francesca Cumani will join the coverage from the UK as the international racing expert, while Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne has signed on to lend her insight.

Rob Mills and 10 News First’s Kate Freebairn will cover all things fashion and entertainment, including the Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn competition. They’ll be joined by Natalie Hunter.

After the season stars with Derby Day, the Lexus Melbourne Cup will be broadcast on Tuesday, 2 November. Following that, there’s Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday, 4 November and Mackinnon Stakes Day on Saturday, 6 November.

All race days will be broadcast live and free on Network Ten and 10 Play.

Ten’s Melbourne Cup coverage had 1.140 million metro viewers in 2020, a slight drop from 2019’s 1.441 million and a significant fall from 2018’s 1.836 million and 2017’s 1.79 million.

Meanwhile, Network Ten has confirmed another new entertainment program on its slate, The Dog House Australia.

Narrated by network personality Dr Chris Brown, the program goes behind the Animal Welfare League NSW, where dogs can be adopted.

No date or time for the premiere has been announced.


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