In 2018, the Melbourne Cup, a handicap event run over the rarely raced distance of 3200 metres, will be run on 3.00pm 6 November at Flemington racetrack (and to be run at the same time on Tuesday, 5 November in 2019) and it is without a doubt Australia’s greatest sporting event. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous for Horse Racing betting, with a maximum of 24 horses in the field and takes place on the second day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington racecourse on the first Tuesday of each November.
Held ten days after the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and 17 days after the Caulfield Cup at Caulfield, the Melbourne Cup is the feature event of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in Victoria.
Odds are, that almost every person in the country have their own predictions, tips and betting advice for the ‘race that stops a nation’. In fact, the Melbourne Cup is no longer just the race that famously stops a nation. It’s now a race that stops for many around the world.
A crowd of about 100,000 people will turn out at Flemington to watch the running of the Melbourne Cup each year, however, the TV audience is estimated at an enormous 780 million, from 163 nations and territories and growing rapidly year-on-year
Since Vintage Crop won the 1993 Melbourne Cup for wily Irish trainer Dermot Weld, the foreign invaders have grown in numbers. Weld won it again with Media Puzzle in 2002 and the Cup trophy has also gone to France, Japan and Germany.
Don’t forget the New Zealand stayers. The Kiwis boast a swag of Cup winners. Kiwi’s second last to first win in 1983 was one of the most memorable.
Recently, the winners of the Melbourne Cup have come from Europe. What is so good about them? They are trained to stay and they are weighted extremely fairly (some might even say they are underweighted as the local handicappers are not fully aware of their form). When looking for tips and predictions, look for horses that have placed over the distance or further in the last six months when checking the form.
The Godolphin Stables from the United Arab Emirates keep bringing their very best horses year-after-year and it is only a matter of time until they win the big one.
Japanese horses adapt well to Australian conditions and generally acclimatise much better than European horses to Australian conditions given the shorter travel time. All runners from Japan should always be given very careful consideration.
Most Australians love the Melbourne Cup. Aussies love to be involved in the fun and games of the big day. They love to share their tips with you over a drink and possibly more than half of the population attends a social event around the race, participates in Melbourne Cup betting, and/or at least watches the race on TV or listens to the race on the radio.
There is hardly a pub, club or restaurant in Australia that does not have a social gathering for the great day. For many of these premises, it is the biggest earning day of the year. Women love the Melbourne Cup as the ladies enjoy dressing glamorously, as every luncheon or function has its own ‘Fashions in the Field’ event.
Even if you don’t have the chance to participate in the Melbourne Cup Betting and have to work on the big day, there is always the office sweep. With the office sweep, every working Aussie has the opportunity to take a vested interest and participate in the fun and games of the Melbourne Cup without the need to study the odds or visit the best betting sites.
Out of the twenty-four runners in the 2018 Melbourne Cup Field there is prize money for the first ten horses to cross the finish line in a race with a total prize pool of $7.3 million dollars.
Of course, where there is big money on offer, horse racing bettors will follow in droves.
Where can you make your money this year. With the final field of 24 not finalised until two days before the race on 4 November 2018, bookmakers have released some superb long-range odds for the big race. If you’re certain your horse is qualified and with line up on race day, NOW is the best time to secure the best available odds before the bookies tighten things up closer to race day. See our Best Bet Tip and Best Value Bet Tip in the table below.
In Fixed Odds betting, the odds displayed at the time you make your bet are locked in for your bet. Although the odds may alter in the future, if you place a bet at $10, you are guaranteed a $10 payout for every dollar you bet, even if the odds have shortened to $5 after you may have placed the bet.
In Tote betting, the odds displayed at the time you make your bet are only an estimation of what your payout may be if you happen to win. This approximation usually improves as the race draws closer.
If you place a bet on a particular horse to win, and it does, you will split a pool of winnings amongst all other punters who made the same bet.
As the Melbourne Cup is the biggest day of the year for making a bet, the odds can be wildly skewed. Therefore, we usually prefer the certainty of securing a win in Fixed Odds Betting with our best bookie on Melbourne Cup Day. Not only can we calculate our projected winnings exactly, but we can beat the queues at the bookmakers on the busiest day of the year by making our fixed odds bets online.
Qualifying for the Melbourne Cup is no small feat. With such a large prize money pool on offer, many champion trainers and thoroughbreds wish to compete in the Great Race. Between 300 to 400 horses nominate for the event each season, with the final field limited to just 24 horses. Initial nominations close in the last week of August each year.
With so many horses initially entered for Australia’s most famous race each year, how does a horse ensure qualification for the Melbourne Cup?
Although the process may appear confusing, having a basic understanding of the qualifying process can help determine whether your fancy has a realistic chance of making the cut.
Without going into 5-page detailed study of the Racing Victoria’s rules, put simply, a horse’s chance of gaining a start in the final Melbourne Cup field is based on handicapping (weight allocation), ballot order and/or success in a number of ballot exempt races.
For a horse to have passed the ballot clause for the Melbourne Cup, it must have achieved at least one of the following criteria: