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Cross Counter defeats Marmelo in the Melbourne Cup

2020 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips

We will have Melbourne Cup tips when the field starts to take shape. 

Melbourne Cup Odds

All-in odds for the Melbourne Cup are released straight after the prior running. The popularity of betting on the Melbourne Cup is so high that markets are released almost instantaneously.
The Melbourne Cup winner is typically installed as the new favourite.

Melbourne Cup Bookmaker Offers

Bookmakers go above and beyond when it comes to offering Melbourne Cup deals. There are many different bookie offers supplied by bookmakers in the days leading up to the Melbourne Cup. 

All the major bookmakers will have Melbourne Cup offers available for the big race this November.

Melbourne Cup History

The Melbourne Cup has a long history and since its first running in 1861, the past champions include the likes of Phar Lap, Makybe Diva and many other national heroes. 

Frederick Standish was credited with the idea of the Melbourne Cup. 17 horses contested the first Melbourne Cup and it was a winner take all system. Archer was the first Melbourne Cup winner and it was marred with controversy as three horses fell during the race. 

It was since become a much more professional race and horses are set for the Melbourne Cup years in advance. One horse that captured the hearts of Australian punters was Makybe Diva, who scored an incredible three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins from 2003-2005. 

The Champion stayer, with Glen Boss in the saddle, was the horse that banded punters from around the country. Despite the Melbourne Cup being a tough betting race, punters swarmed to back Maykbe Diva and rightfully so. 

Times have changed with the Melbourne Cup field. It is mostly filled with international runners that many punters don’t know the form around. This is seen as a positive for the Melbourne Cup but a negative for Australian and New Zealand staying ranks. 

Now, because of the Melbourne Cup’s changing dynamic, trainers are buying horses from overseas in the hopes of training a Melbourne Cup winner. 

Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field is confirmed on the Saturday night prior to the race. This is due to some qualifying races behind held on that Saturday. 

The barrier draw and field reveal is one of the highlights of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. 

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

Form from Australia and New Zealand used to be a good guide for the Melbourne Cup but it has shifted in the Europeans favour. 

Punters should look to the European runners which are either unraced in Australia or have had only one start. Gone are the days where form throughout the year in Australia will be good enough to win the Melbourne Cup. 

It’s targeted by the second-tier staying thoroughbreds in Europe and they have had great success in doing so. Many punters bet too early in the Melbourne Cup markets and form out of Sydney in the autumn just doesn’t stack up well enough. 

Wait until the field starts to take shape and ignore most of the local form. Look for the younger European types which get into the race with no weight and you’ll be a happy punter. 

Melbourne Cup Previous Winners

2019Vow And Declare
2018Cross Counter
2015Prince of Penzance
2012Green Moon
2006Delta Blues
2005Makybe Diva
2004Makybe Diva
2003Makybe Diva
2002Media Puzzle

Melbourne Cup Live Streaming

Punters can watch the Melbourne Cup at Beteasy, which has two channels to live stream every race in Australia and the feature races in New Zealand. 

The race replay of the 2018 Melbourne Cup shows Cross Counter coming with a strong run on the outside of the field. 

Melbourne Cup Race Schedule

The Melbourne Cup day card doesn’t have many great races and all eyes are on the Melbourne Cup itself. 

It’s a 10-race card with the Melbourne Cup running at Race 7. 

  • Race 1: Bumble Stakes 
  • Race 2: 4YO+ Trophy 
  • Race 3: R90 Handicap 
  • Race 4: R96 Plate 
  • Race 5: Flemington Fling 
  • Race 6: Jim Beam Black Stakes 
  • Race 7: Melbourne Cup 
  • Race 8: Furphy Plate 
  • Race 9: MSS Security Sprint 
  • Race 10: Jockey Club Stakes