Australians love of the Melbourne Cup
Look for ongoing updates, key dates for acceptances, race odds comparison and more. The atmosphere, even sitting at home, is unlike anything else and Australians embrace the day like no other.
For adults in Australia its as hotly looked forward to as Christmas Day. Firstly, the size of the pools are massive — bigger than any other pool for any other race in Australia and around the world.
What does this mean for you? If the pool was small, there would be less money to divided between the winning bets, but the Melbourne Cup pools exceed into the millions and this is where Melbourne Cup punters take full advantage.
Secondly, because the pools are so high, the possible payouts for players of Quaddies, Trifectas, Quinellas, Trebles and Doubles are very rewarding. The Quaddie involving the Melbourne Cup gets into the millions and even if all four favourites win, the payouts are still profitable.
Just 34 of favourites have won. Lastly, our recommended bookmakers have a wide range of Melbourne Cup specials and promotions. Many of them offer sign up bonuses which give new punters a free bet on the Melbourne Cup.
The prize money has steadily grown over the past 10 years due to its increase in popularity with punters. The race is run at Flemington Read: For Australians, the Melbourne Cup is a public holiday which saves them from making an excuse at work. It is also a popular race in New Zealand, Europe and Asia as those three contingents usually have runners in the Melbourne Cup itself.
Click here to see the list of nominations for the Melbourne Cup. Almandin salutes for former AFL player Almandin offered punters plenty of value despite getting plenty of attention in the days leading up to the Cup. Trained by Robert Hickmott, a former Melbourne footballer, and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, the six year old gelding sat midfield for most of the race before joining a wall of challengers.
Pre-race favourite Hartnell hit the front on the straight, but Almandin powered home to beat Irish stayer Heartbreak City. Read a full report here. Payne becomes first female hoop to win the Cup Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, when she guided Prince of Penzance to a historic victory. The race was also notable as the last for grand old stayer Red Cadeux, who pulled up distressed, and was eventually euthanised.
German raider salutes in the Cup Jockey Ryan Moore put on a masterclass, settling the horse nicely before avoiding traffic and eventually timing a run to perfection.
The race was marred by the death of two horses with pre-race favourite Admire Rakti perishing in his stalls after the race, while Araldo was euthanised after breaking a leg. Remarkably Red Cadeaux finished second for a third time after hitting the lead in the straight. Who Shot Thebarman ran third while Signoff came in fourth. Gai becomes first female trainer to win cup Fiorente gave the Queen Of The Turf Gai Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup victory, in the process becoming the first female to train a Cup winner.
Red Cadeaux finished second, a second time, after a runner up in Mount Athos ran third. But it was all about Waterhouse, jockey Damien Oliver and the marvellous Fiorente. All three of the placings were imported horses. Pre-race favourite Dunaden found trouble early and never got into the race. After a pulsating finish, German horse Lucas Cranach rounded out the placings, consigning Australian horses to the scrap heap. French Americain just too good It would have been more fitting if an Australian-horse won the th Cup, but it was not to be, with USA-bred and French trained Americain saluting.
One of the top elects, powered home with a nice turn of speed to win ahead of light weight Maluckyday and favourite So You think. The six-year-old was ridden by Gerald Mosse and trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre had solid lead up form, winning the Geelong Cup several weeks before.
The Melbourne Cup was first run in when it was won by Archer. Rekindling relished the The Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite returned this year and ran a brave third for William Mullins beaten three lengths.
The results for the edition of the race will be available here as soon as the race has been concluded. Early Melbourne Cup Betting markets on the potential stayers to contest the next edition of the two mile classic were released straight after the Melbourne Cup results with the two Irish-trained raiders Rekindling 1st and Johannes Vermeer 2nd tipped by the bookies as the ones to beat again next spring.
Melbourne Cup betting markets are available months in advance of the race and these pre-field odds are also known as ante-post or futures markets. The Melbourne Cup is not only the biggest race in Australian horse racing, but is arguably the most popular event in the country every single year.
Even non-racing fans are looking frantically for the best Melbourne Cup odds come race day, with sweeps also occurring in workplaces across the country. Pre-post betting markets for the Melbourne Cup are available all year round, but the real money is invested in the three days prior to the race. The Melbourne Cup is easily the most popular betting event in Australia and the staggering amount of money wagered on the race means that there is generally great value available for every single runner in the field.
General Melbourne Cup betting tips include looking for international performers, proven two mile horses and gallopers coming off a top four run last start. From — all but one of the Melbourne Cup winners finished first four in their lead-up run including four coming off a victory. Melbourne Cup tips can be found everywhere in the lead-up to the race, but the big field, handicap conditions and distance of the race make it very difficult to back the winner. The presence of a number of international horses and a variety of different form lines make it even more difficult to back the winner of the Melbourne Cup , which his why upsets Melbourne Cup results are not uncommon.
Other tips for Melbourne Cup punters is to look at several key leadup races that are considered good guides for Melbourne Cup performance.
Pay attention to strong runs in races like the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup. Fiorente was the last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up off a Cox Plate run 3rd. Another tip for people who are looking to have some fun with different bets on the day need not fear the exotics. Picking the Melbourne Cup trifecta pays extremely well along with other exotic bets including the quinella and first four.
For instance this year there is plenty of value in horses that have genuine chances at double figure odds. Our expert team of tipsters will provide the Melbourne Cup betting tips below closer to Melbourne Cup Day so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack for the two mile classic this spring.
Once the final field has been accepted and finalised we will be placing our top tips and selections for the Melbourne Cup here. The Melbourne Cup field has a capacity of 24 horses with no emergencies allowed for the iconic Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November annually. The last time the Melbourne Cup field ran under the capacity was in when Rekindling beat 22 rivals after an early scratching from the field a few days before.
A host of lead-up races off a ballot exemption for the winners into the Melbourne Cup final field including the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup. Melbourne Cup final acceptances close on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday prior, which is the first meeting of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, while the early Melbourne Cup nominations are taken way bay in August. Read more on the Melbourne Cup Horses. The Melbourne Cup horses will be detailed both here and on the dedicated Melbourne Cup Horses page accessible above as we draw closer to the great race.
Melbourne Cup Horses Update: This is yet to be announced but specific updates on runners will be placed here. Melbourne Cup Field Update: Updates on the field will be detailed here including size and depth. Melbourne Cup Jockey Update: Any information changes on rides for the Melbourne Cup will be placed here once we get closer to Cup Week. Melbourne Cup Update on Horses Out: Any runners that are being scratched whether early or later scratchings will be shown here.
The official Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances will close in Late October and the highlights of who got in as well as other information will be discussed here. The Melbourne Cup form guide is poured over by punters right around Australia and the world in the lead-up to the race. The Cox Plate continues to grow as a Melbourne Cup form guide despite the notable difference in distances between the two spring features.
The Melbourne Cup each year attracts an incredible amount of betting activity and people are always looking out for the best tips to give them the winning edge.
The Ladbrokes blog provides in depth racing tips and analysis on a daily basis. Win — The most basic type of bet. Put your money straight up on the runner that you think will win the Melbourne Cup.
Place — Pick the horse that you think will finish in the top three positions but at lower odds. Each-Way — Put equal amounts on a horse for the win and a place, the equivalent of two bets and you get paid out for both if it wins.