It's that time of year again when most of the population of Australia puts on silly hats and goes horse-mad for a day. Japanese contender Fame Game is this year's current favourite, but the race has a long and interesting history going all the way back to 1861, when a horse called Archer became the very first Melbourne Cup winner.
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Want to watch the Melbourne Cup live but don't have a TV in your workplace? Here's everything you need to know about watching the race that stops a nation live -- from the various TV options to Twitter's global live stream. We've also included all the important Melbourne Cup links and race times to make life easier, along with overseas viewing tips. Game on!