Melbourne Cup 2018: The gates are open

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to clear by the time the Melbourne Cup is run.

The track is rated in the good range but could become soft by Cup time at 3pm on Tuesday.

There have been no morning scratchings from the Cup with all 24 horses scheduled to line up at Flemington.

Yucatan remains the favourite to give champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien a first win in Australia's most famous race and owner Lloyd Williams his seventh.

Australian Associated Press