Even people who don’t have much to do with horse racing have heard of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, also known as “the race that stops the nation”. If you live in Australia, it’s pretty much impossible to ignore, given that the event is celebrated all over the country. It’s definitely the high point of the Australian racing calendar. What’s more, the event is big news overseas, too.
The major drawcard is the massive size of the prize. Every year, jockeys, trainers and punters have their eyes on the big 6.2 million dollar win. So far, this has made the Melbourne Cup the richest race in the country. But there’s now a new kid on the block. In October 2017, the Royal Randwick Racecourse will hold the first edition of a race offering a whopping $10 million in prize money. It was announced in February by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club.
There are 3,200 metres (3.2 kilometres) of length in the Melbourne Cup. According to most members of the racing community, the race is the finest staying handicap on Earth.
Would you like to head to Melbourne for Cup day? Get ready to gear up for more than just Melbourne Cup form guides and Melbourne Cup odds. The day is an epic one, packed with electrifying energy, festivities and, of course, fashion. Whether you’re trackside or watching through a television screen somewhere far away, you can’t help but hope that you might be part of history. After all, many Melbourne Cup champions become legends in their own right. Just to name a couple, there’s Phar Lap, who dominated in 1930, and Kingston Rule, who was raised in America and became the champion in 1990, setting a record in the process.
As for the fashion part of proceedings, it’s hard to miss. The most glamorous of it is to be seen at the track. However, even if you’re in another city or town in Australia, you won’t be able to miss all the dresses, fascinators and suits. In Victoria, Cup Day is a public holiday, so pubs and bars fill with crowds, gathering to relax and watch the race.
Every year, the race takes places at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November. The starting gun goes off at 3pm. The only horses that can enter are those of three years of age or older. Plus, the event is a handicap, which means all entrants must bear a particular amount of weight. This amount is worked out according to a horse’s career and its age - usually, older horses carry more weight than younger ones. The weight of the jockey and the riding gear are modified by a ballast.
The Cup is just one of ten races held on the day. There are nine others, which vary as far as distance and prize money go.
Is this your year for picking the Melbourne Cup champion? You don’t have to go anywhere for help. On our site, you’ll find hot Melbourne Cup tips and get access to Melbourne Cup results as soon as the race is run.
Melbourne Cup Field and Odds
Waiting for the Melbourne Cup field can be excruciating. It isn’t revealed until the Saturday before the race, which gives you just three days to study Melbourne Cup form guides and get Melbourne Cup tips before deciding on your bets.
That said, it is possible to bet much earlier. Loads of betting markets become available months and months before Cup day. Known as “future markets” or “ante-post markets” to those in the know, these markets can offer big odds. However, you have to be careful rushing into them. Betting before the field has been decided upon has its risks. After all, an awful lot can happen between the first release of a future market and Melbourne Cup day. It’s important to be cognisant of the influence of an array of factors, including how the horses measure up against one another and track conditions. Melbourne’s springtime weather can be unpredictable. And, as any punter knows, can have a big influence on a horse’s performance. A horse that flourishes on a wet track might not do so well on a dry one - and vice versa.
To bet as effectively as possible, you should try to get hold of the Melbourne Cup field as early as you can. We do our bit to help you by publishing the field here immediately after the announcement - always scheduled for 7:30pm on the Saturday prior to the race. That’s right, you have exactly three days to study as many Melbourne Cup form guides as you can find and make your choices.
It is two months before that that the first Melbourne Cup nominations get released. Keep an eye out for them on 2 September every year. We use them as a basis for our Melbourne Cup form guides, which we update every week, covering new data, in addition to any new nominations that come up. You would go a long way to find a Melbourne Cup form guide that’s as comprehensive as ours. Take a quick look around and you’ll soon see what we mean. Just below this article, find current all-in Melbourne Cup odds for 2017.
Another aspect of our site that we’re really excited about is our odds comparison tool. If you’ve never used it before, be prepared to take your punting experience to a whole new level, while saving stacks of time and effort. It gives you the power to compare and contrast odds across all horses in the Melbourne Cup. You can see the odds put up by the TAB and find out how they fare when measured against those offered by every leading book maker.
Even though the Melbourne Cup isn’t happening for a few months yet, it’s a good idea to get thinking about it now, if you’re serious about having a crack at choosing the winner. With our excellent tools and info-packed website, you have a better chance than ever before.