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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

Melbourne Cup Trophy

Melbourne Cup 2020: horse by horse preview

 1. ANTHONY VAN DYCK (3)  $8.50 Trainer: Aidan O'Brien Jockey: Hugh Bowman 58.5kg Age: 5YO Record: 18:6-4-3 Prizemo.....

Nov 02, 2020 02:58PM
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Form Lay

Melbourne Cup Lays of the Day 3/11/20

On Derby Day we potted Octane at the $2.80 short quote, when the horse was never sighted and saved the blushes of punter.....

Nov 02, 2020 02:57PM
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Free horse racing tips for Melbourne Cup Day 2019

Free racing tips from Michael Gannon Michael's tips have generated $4,400 from $100 win bets over the past 90 days.  .....

Nov 04, 2019 12:57PM
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Flemington Turn

Best bets for Flemington racing on Melbourne Cup Day 2019

Flemington is currently rated a Soft 6, with the rail out 3m the entire circuit. With 3-10mm of rain forecast for Mon.....

Nov 04, 2019 06:25PM
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Melbourne Cup best bets 2019

You will read a lot of positive comments about every runner in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. However, the reality is there are.....

Nov 04, 2019 12:10PM
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Melbourne Cup tips and best bets 2019

Distance 3200m Grade Group 1 Track Rating Soft 6  Prizemoney.....

Nov 03, 2019 08:54PM
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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 Trophy

Melbourne Cup Tips 2018 Race Preview

Distance 3.200m Grade Group 1 Track Rating Good 4 Prizemoney.....

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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