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Melbourne Cup

Held annually at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November, the Melbourne Cup is the world's richest two-mile handicap race, as well as one of the most prestigious races on the world racing calendar. In Australia, it is ubiquitously referred to as 'the race that stops a nation', and the zenith of punting in the land down under.

Melbourne Cup

It's not only racing fans that have a flutter on the Cup, but all walks of life. Mug punters come out of the woodwork, office sweepstakes are conducted in states not fortunate enough to receive a public holiday, and a whole new and diverse clientele will grace the local TAB claiming they have the best Melbourne Cup tips.

First held in 1861, the Cup has become an iconic event in Australian sport. With a prize pool upwards of six million dollars since 2010, it has also become a lucrative event for international raiders, who descend on Flemington Racecourse each year. The superior stayers of Europe in particular have targeted the 3,200-metre race in the past decade, often dominating local horses.

Indeed, the last time an Australian-bred horse won the race was in 2009 when Shocking was first past the post. And with the prize pool set to increase to more than seven million dollars from 2018, this overseas domination is set to continue.

In the most recent edition, British horse Rekindling just got the better of Irish horse Johannes Vermeer in a thrilling finish.

 

Melbourne Cup Stats

The Barrier

  • The most successful barrier in Cup history has been 5, with 8 horses triumphing from the fifth inside lane. 
  • No horse has ever won from barrier 18. 

The Weight

  • Carbine carried 66kg to victory in 1890, with no horse carrying more and winning since.
  • Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva won with 58kg on her back in 2005, with no horse carrying upwards of 56.5kg to victory since.

The Saddlecloth

  • Of all the numbers on the horse's saddlecloth, both 4 and 12 have been the most successful, with 11 Cup wins apiece.
  • Number 18 has only tasted Cup glory once, making it the least successful saddlecloth.

The Sex

  • Stallions have won the most Melbourne Cups, with fillies winning the fewest.
  • No mare has saluted in the Cup since Makybe Diva's third consecutive triumph in 2005.

The Favourites

  • 32 favourites have won the Melbourne Cup, or 1 every 5 Cups.
  • The last favourite to win was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente in 2013.
 

Melbourne Cup News

Bookie Promos

Melbourne Cup Betting Promotions 2018

The Melbourne Cup is without doubt the pinnacle of Australian racing. Despite the strong international flavour, just .....

Nov 04, 2018 03:39PM
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Melbourne Cup Tips 2018: What they're saying about your horse

Australia's most prestigous thoroughbred race has come around again and it looks likely to be a wet one.  With heavy .....

Nov 04, 2018 03:30PM
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Melbourne Cup Tips 2018 Race Preview

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Nov 04, 2018 02:40PM
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Melbourne Cup Tips 2018: A brutally honest assessment of your horse

You will read a lot of positive comments about every runner in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, but the reality is there are only.....

Nov 03, 2018 01:20PM
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Melbourne Cup 2017: big bets & market movers

A flood of cash has come into the Melbourne Cup market over the past 24 hours with some notable betting trends for the 1.....

Nov 07, 2017 11:38PM
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Melbourne Cup 2017 preview: a brutally honest assessment of your horse

You will read a lot of positive comments about every runner in the 2017 Melbourne Cup but the reality is only a handful .....

Nov 06, 2017 04:18AM
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Melbourne Cup 2017 - the buzz on your horse

The big dance has finally arrived. Twenty three horses will line up at the barriers for tomorrow's 157th running of .....

Nov 06, 2017 02:58AM
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Melbourne Cup day 2017 speed map specials

Flemington looks set to favour on-pace runners for Melbourne Cup day after Saturday's meeting produced the same.....

Nov 06, 2017 01:47AM
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Form guide gems on Melbourne Cup day 2017

We've uncovered some hidden value in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup day form guide to help you get some extra doll.....

Nov 06, 2017 11:13PM
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Punters' Post Mortem Derby Day 2017

Flemington favoured on-pace runners on Derby Day, with backmarkers finding it very hard to make ground coming home .....

Nov 05, 2017 09:34AM
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