Melbourne Cup 2020

Tuesday November 3, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor record in the Melbourne Cup over the past 30 years or so

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest race run in Australia each year and the two mile classic takes place on the first Tuesday of November as Flemington Race 7 each spring. The highlight of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Group 1 staying showdown attracts a field of genuine turf stars including a host of international raiders.

Offering an incredible $8 million in prize money, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world and is second in prize money only to the $15 million The Everest held in Sydney in October when it comes to flat racing in Australia.

Melbourne Cup Winners & History -

Cross Counter (2018) continued the recent dominance of internationals in the Melbourne Cup results. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Key lead-up races into the Melbourne Cup field each season include the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) and the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m). Makybe Diva (2005) was the last horse to take out the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double without a run between the two spring majors. She also saluted in the 2003 and 2004 Melbourne Cup results and is the sole triple champion of the ‘race that stops a nation’.

The Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double meanwhile was last completed by Dunaden (2011) who was the second French raider in as many years to take out the latter after Americain won the same two races the previous spring.

The Melbourne Cup race runs over 3200m and is one of the few events still contested over this traditional Cups’ distance in Australia. The Melbourne Cup prize money has increased dramatically over the years since the race was first sponsored in 1985 and stakes went up to $1 million.

International horses are making more and more of an impact in the Melbourne Cup results. The first Northern hemisphere-trained Melbourne Cup winners was the Dermot Weld-trained Vintage Crop (1993), while from 2014 – 2019 four of the six Melbourne Cup winners were from overseas.

Shocking (2009) meanwhile was the last Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner before Vow And Declare (2019) broke the drought saluting for Australia in the 2019 Melbourne Cup Results.

There have been many dual Melbourne Cup champions since the first, inaugural winner Archer going back-to-back in 1861-62, but Makybe Diva (2003-05) remains the only triple Melbourne Cup winner in history.

The Melbourne Cup training record is held by former champion horseman Bart Cummings dubbed the “Cup King”. Cummings celebrated his 12th Melbourne Cup victory in 2008 with Viewed.

The closest ever finish in Melbourne Cup history occurred in 2011 when the French-trained Dunaden narrowly held off Red Cadeuax. Dunaden was also the second French galloper in as many years to win top prize after Americain became the first in 2010 for the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup.

The latest edition of the Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday November 3, 2020 and is set to be dominated by the locals due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

2020 Melbourne Cup Results 

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD
  • 4th: TBD

The official Melbourne Cup 2020 results revealing the 2020 Melbourne Cup winner will be published right here once the race is run and won on Tuesday November 3, 2020. 

Melbourne Cup Race Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 3, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $8 million
  • First Run: 1861

Melbourne Cup Betting

Melbourne Cup betting markets are available months in advance of the race and these pre-field odds are also known as ante-post or futures markets.

The Melbourne Cup is not only the biggest race in Australian horse racing, but is arguably the most popular event in the country every single year. Even non-racing fans are looking frantically for the best Melbourne Cup odds come race day, with sweeps also occurring in workplaces across the country.

Pre-post betting markets for the Melbourne Cup are available all year round, but the real money is invested in the three days prior to the race. The Melbourne Cup is easily the most popular betting event in Australia and the staggering amount of money wagered on the race means that there is generally great value available for every single runner in the field.

Melbourne Cup favourites have a poor record in the race with the only one to salute for the punters since Makybe Diva (2005) being Fiorente ($7 in 2013). Roughie hopes in Melbourne Cup betting have had plenty of success including most famously in recent years Prince Of Penzance ($101) who scored the upset at triple figures for trainer Darren Weir in 2015.

2020 Melbourne Cup Odds

The latest Melbourne Cup 2020 odds will be updated below as the count down to the iconic two-mile handicap continues. 

Surprise Baby
Russian Camelot
Verry Elleegant
King Of Leogrance
Master Of Wine
Dashing Willoughby

*All-in Top 10 Melbourne Cup 2020 odds correct as of 09/09/2020 and subject to change.

Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field has a capacity of 24 horses with no emergencies allowed for the iconic Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November annually. The last time the Melbourne Cup field ran under the capacity was in 2017 when Rekindling beat 22 rivals after an early scratching from the field a few days before.

A host of lead-up races off a ballot exemption for the winners into the Melbourne Cup final field including the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup. Runners may also come into the Melbourne Cup field via a start in a race like the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup or Group 3 Geelong Cup.

Melbourne Cup final acceptances close on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday prior, which is the first meeting of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, while the early Melbourne Cup nominations are taken way bay in August.

2020 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Thursday August 27, 2020 attracting 174 stayers
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Weights: Announced on Tuesday September 8, 2020 led by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg)
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 29, 2020 
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Close on Tuesday October 13, 2020
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Close on Monday October 26, 2020 
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 31, 2020 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 31, 2020 

2020 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup 2020 Field & Barriers will be out the Saturday prior to the big $8 million classic and will be detailed in the section below when it’s made available by Racing Victoria following the VRC Derby Day races.

2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2020 Nominations featuring a huge list of potential runners in the two mile classic close in late August and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The official 2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 27, 2020. 

The 2020 Melbourne Cup nominations attracted 174 early entries including 30 international raiders and 25 Group 1 winners. 

Reigning champion Vow And Declare is in the mix, while other standouts include dual placegetter Prince Of Arran and Chris Waller’s first-up Winx Stakes winner Verry Elleegant

The 2020 Melbourne Cup weights were subsequently announced on Tuesday September 8 with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg) the sole topweight, while last year’s winner Vow And Declare was handicapped 57kg. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 120330x25x ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1 58.5kg   1
2 47x54533x4 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2 57kg   2.5
3 3x2301x32x SOVEREIGN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 3 57kg   2.5
4 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 4 57kg   2.5
5 3354x6221x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien 5 56kg   3.5
6 1107x3141x TELECASTER (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 6 56kg   3.5
7 61x421x90x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 7 55.5kg   4
8 x44x2x222x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 55.5kg   4
9 x70x7x211x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien 9 55.5kg   4
10 52112x216x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 10 55kg   4.5
11 0x03643x7x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 55kg   4.5
12 60x1225x0x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 12 55kg   4.5
13 2104xPx72x STRATUM (GB) G 8 William Mullins 13 55kg   4.5
14 0x42212x1x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 14 55kg   3
15 14579x114x DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding 15 54.5kg   5
16 34x51257x3 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 16 54.5kg   5
17 1x1211111x NANCHO (GER) G 6 Anthony Cummings 17 54.5kg   5
18 120x3x36x3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes 18 54.5kg   5
19 4132x415x2 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 19 54.5kg   5
20 6x19x17x7x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 20 54.5kg   5
21 100x80x00x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 21 54kg   5.5
22 002x902x2x MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 22 54kg   5.5
23 2x21x1113x PATRICK SARSFIELD (FR) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 23 54kg   5.5
24 108x4x114x RED VERDON (USA) G 8 Ed Dunlop 24 54kg   5.5
25 2240x90x0x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 25 53.5kg   6
26 41x0x0680x DANCETERIA (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 26 53.5kg   6
27 0211x8x58x LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 27 53.5kg   6
28 311x114x0x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 28 53.5kg   6
29 x11126x11x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 29 53.5kg   6
30 2553x4x11x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 30 53.5kg   6
31 0x6613x50x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 31 53.5kg   6
32 1638x9145x EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) H 5 David O’Meara 32 53.5kg   6
33 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien 33 53.5kg   6
34 56x423115x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 34 53.5kg   4.5
35 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 35 53.5kg   3
36 5138x5138x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Fabrice Chappet 36 53.5kg   6
37 221x113x SANTIAGO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 37 53.5kg   3
38 950x38572x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 38 53.5kg   6
39 x895756x25 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 39 53kg   6.5
40 111x105x5x ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 40 53kg   5
41 1853x5x22x ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 41 53kg   6.5
42 58321023×6 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 42 53kg   6.5
43 21x755633x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 43 53kg   5
44 15x3010x5x DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 44 52.5kg   7
45 746416341x ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 52.5kg   5.5
46 16x7000x3x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 46 52.5kg   7
47 x410x4431x LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Hughie Morrison 47 52.5kg   7
48 11x151x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) H 4 Jean-Claude Rouget 48 52.5kg   4
49 111x451x SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Fabrice Chappet 49 52.5kg   7
50 11x4679x0x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 50 52.5kg   7
51 5313770x7x AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51 52kg   7.5
52 902x7691x8 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 52 52kg   7.5
53 22x0352x67 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 53 52kg   7.5
54 8221111×0 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 54 52kg   4.5
55 386x051x9x HAKY (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 55 52kg   7.5
56 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 56 52kg   6
57 11x3103x09 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 57 52kg   7.5
58 005x532x52 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 58 52kg   7.5
59 217x6x460x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 William Mullins 59 52kg   6
60 x4013x7x2x WEEKENDER (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 60 52kg   7.5
61 26x1122x80 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 61 52kg   6
62 1135x5021x FURRION (GB) G 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 62 51.5kg   8
63 0932148116 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 63 51.5kg   8
64 70504150×0 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 64 51.5kg   6.5
65 1x07511x0x OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 65 51.5kg   6.5
66 104x356x8x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 66 51.5kg   6.5
67 42x1x1311x AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 67 51kg   8.5
68 702x90411x AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68 51kg   8.5
69 x750x9084x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 69 51kg   8.5
70 12x122x33x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott 70 51kg   8.5
71 74x9748x0x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 71 51kg   8.5
72 112x3314x3 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 72 51kg   8.5
73 x72122107x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73 51kg   8.5
74 3411x84x4x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 74 51kg   5.5
75 331121x3x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 75 51kg   7
76 2239x2140x PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien 76 51kg   8.5
77 533499x00x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 77 51kg   8.5
78 009x43314x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 78 51kg   8.5
79 x622221x5x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 79 51kg   5.5
80 5310x39x0x WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80 51kg   8.5
81 36x953125x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 81 50.5kg   9
82 0218×01611 CREEDENCE G 6 Matt Cumani 82 50.5kg   9
83 0880x0830x GREY LION (IRE) G 9 Matthew Smith 83 50.5kg   9
84 x141x7811x LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84 50.5kg   9
85 31x7836x0x NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 85 50.5kg   9
86 1123x0011x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86 50.5kg   9
87 1x111x7x3x SCHABAU (GER) H 6 Robert Hickmott 87 50.5kg   9
88 x47740715x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 88 50.5kg   9
89 0x0684x9x5 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 89 50.5kg   9
90 21x214x7x6 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 7 Paul Preusker 90 50kg   9.5
91 552x00x48x ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) G 7 Paul Preusker 91 50kg   9.5
92 442944x33x ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees 92 50kg   8.5
93 854563×344 ALMANIA (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 93 50kg   9.5
94 21x AMERICAN WHISKEY (USA) H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94 50kg   9.5
95 x507x1925x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 95 50kg   9.5
96 11x6804x2x ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 96 50kg   9.5
97 x83807x91x BARADE (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 97 50kg   9.5
98 40044x410x BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98 50kg   9.5
99 15x97437x9 BENITOITE M 5 Clinton McDonald 99 50kg   9.5
100 17x1x3x15x BOLLEVILLE (IRE) M 5 Joseph O’Brien 100 50kg   8.5
101 1x334x221x CADRE DU NOIR (USA) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101 50kg   9.5
102 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 102 50kg   9.5
103 4152x14x CORMORANT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 103 50kg   9
104 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary & John Moore 104 50kg   9.5
105 11x1x00x0x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105 50kg   9.5
106 4x2313x DAWN PATROL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 106 50kg   9
107 4311x44x DEGRAVES (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 107 50kg   9.5
108 7x1111x DELPHI (IRE) H 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 108 50kg   7.5
109 21112x08x0 DJUKON (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 109 50kg   9.5
110 1311x1x DON’T DOUBT DORY G 4 Julien Welsh 110 50kg   9.5
111 71x154x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 4 Ed Walker 111 50kg   9
112 36x3113x6x ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 112 50kg   9
113 30xP36113x EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 113 50kg   9.5
114 109110383x FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 114 50kg   9.5
115 13x11514x FLASH AAH G 5 Mitchell Fry 115 50kg   9.5
116 3x07x6180x FRANKELY AWESOME M 5 Kris Lees 116 50kg   8.5
117 6351625×02 FUN FACT G 5 Bjorn Baker 117 50kg   9.5
118 9211x1253x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 118 50kg   9.5
119 6x1111x33x GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 119 50kg   9
120 x5559x864x GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 8 Bill Thurlow 120 50kg   8.5
121 957712432x GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes 121 50kg   9.5
122 3311114×8 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 122 50kg   9.5
123 2x2321113x HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 123 50kg   9.5
124 41206008x IMPACTFUL G 4 Chris Waller 124 50kg   9.5
125 10x38x311x IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 125 50kg   8
126 38x16x211x INVOLVED (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 126 50kg   9.5
127 2601168x0x JACK REGAN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 127 50kg   9.5
128 3x11445x61 JUST THINKIN’ G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 128 50kg   9.5
129 2x2113x50 KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 129 50kg   8.5
130 260x88119x KORCHO (GB) H 5 Kris Lees 130 50kg   9.5
131 760x85754x LATIN BEAT (IRE) G 7 Saab Hasan 131 50kg   9.5
132 0x3212x91x LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 132 50kg   9.5
133 633x632x48 MASAFF (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 133 50kg   9.5
134 30x887256x MIDTERM (GB) G 8 Michael & Luke Cerchi 134 50kg   9.5
135 1346x7x48x MILESTONE (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 135 50kg   9.5
136 223102185x MIRIMAR (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 136 50kg   9.5
137 x512x01x3x MIYAKE H 4 Chris Waller 137 50kg   9.5
138 6143x503x MYTHICAL (FR) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 138 50kg   9.5
139 7542230×64 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 139 50kg   9.5
140 141211x2x NIMALEE M 4 Matthew Smith 140 50kg   9.5
141 921x51x NOBEL PRIZE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 141 50kg   9.5
142 584287x80x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 142 50kg   9.5
143 5x347x ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 143 50kg   9.5
144 5627x2x22x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 144 50kg   9.5
145 2151711x0x OUT OF THE PARK (NZ) M 6 Henry Dwyer 145 50kg   9.5
146 685759105x PELONOMENA M 6 Michael Kent 146 50kg   9.5
147 x31211121x PERSAN H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 147 50kg   9.5
148 21x13611x REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 148 50kg   9.5
149 211x247x2x RIDER IN THE SNOW (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 149 50kg   9.5
150 28x376x69x RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 150 50kg   8
151 5x131615x ROYAL CROWN G 4 Michael Kent 151 50kg   9
152 3315x16x7 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Danny O’Brien 152 50kg   9.5
153 7x506x412x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 153 50kg   9.5
154 211x99x36x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 154 50kg   9.5
155 23311x282x SELINO (GB) G 5 James Fanshawe 155 50kg   9.5
156 1x22111x5x SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker 156 50kg   9.5
157 11210x1x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 157 50kg   9.5
158 932343342x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 8 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 158 50kg   9.5
159 3203344×70 SKELM G 6 Terry Kelly 159 50kg   9.5
160 1254x4563x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) H 4 John O’Shea 160 50kg   9.5
161 F1216x936x SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 161 50kg   9.5
162 81x4143x1x SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius 162 50kg   9.5
163 3x0752134x TAVIRUN (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 163 50kg   9.5
164 x34923x4x7 THE KING (IRE) G 6 Lindsey Smith 164 50kg   9.5
165 x241448x23 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 165 50kg   9.5
166 3x12x TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 166 50kg   7.5
167 6x0x23554x TINANDALI (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 167 50kg   9.5
168 1x1110x89x TORRENS H 4 Ethan Ensby 168 50kg   9.5
169 1x1x VOYAGE DE LUNE G 4 Saab Hasan 169 50kg   9.5
170 4x847255x9 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 170 50kg   9.5
171 1312x8x WYCLIF (GB) H 4 Danny O’Brien 171 50kg   9.5
172 x114319x3x YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 172 50kg   9.5
173 76P8x8x60x ZACADA (NZ) G 8 Jim & Greg Lee 173 50kg   9.5
174 522×144451 ZAMOSA (NZ) M 5 Mitchell Fry 174 50kg   9.5
175 2021x ALCYONE C 3 James Cummings 175 49kg   9.5
 Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Takes Shape

Read more on the 2020 Melbourne Cup Horses.

The Melbourne Cup 2020 horses will be detailed on the dedicated Melbourne Cup Horses page accessible above as we draw closer to the great race.

Melbourne Cup Favourites

  • From 2006 – 2019 just one favourite in Melbourne Cup betting saluted for the punters with Fiorente ($7 in 2013)
  • Makybe Diva (2004-05) was the last back-to-back Melbourne Cup favourite to salute; she also won her first ‘Loving Trophy’ as an $8 chance in 2003
  • Before Makybe Diva the last time Melbourne Cup favourites won back-to-back was Might And Power (1997) and Jezabeel (1998)
  • Since 2006 the worst result from a beaten Melbourne Cup favourite was the ill-fated Admire Rakti (22nd of 22 horses) in 2014
  • Since 2006 only three Melbourne Cup favourites have finished in the money: So You Think (3rd in 2010), Fiorente (1st in 2013) and Hartnell (3rd in 2016)

Melbourne Cup Tips

General Melbourne Cup betting tips include looking for international performers, proven two mile horses and gallopers coming off a top four run last start.

From 2009 – 2019 all but one of the Melbourne Cup winners finished first four in their lead-up run including four coming off a victory.

Melbourne Cup tips can be found everywhere in the lead-up to the race, but the big field, handicap conditions and distance of the race make it very difficult to back the winner. The presence of a number of international horses and a variety of different form lines make it even more difficult to back the winner of the Melbourne Cup, which his why upsets Melbourne Cup results are not uncommon.

Other tips for Melbourne Cup punters is to look at several key lead up races that are considered good guides for Melbourne Cup performance. Pay attention to strong runs in races like the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup. Fiorente (2013) was the last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up off a Cox Plate run (3rd), while Vow And Declare (2nd) was the last Melbourne Cup winner out of the Caulfield Cup. 

Another tip for people who are looking to have some fun with different bets on the day need not fear the exotics. Picking the Melbourne Cup trifecta pays extremely well along with other exotic bets including the quinella and first four. For instance this year there is plenty of value in horses that have genuine chances at double figure odds.

2020 Melbourne Cup Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2020 Melbourne Cup betting tips below closer to Melbourne Cup Day so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack for the two mile classic this spring.

Once the final field has been accepted and finalised we will be placing our top tips and selections for the Melbourne Cup here.

What Time Does The Melbourne Cup Run?

All times are for the first Tuesday of November and are local.

  • Queensland: 2:00pm
  • New South Wales: 3:00pm
  • Victoria: 3:00pm
  • Tasmania: 3:00pm
  • Northern Territory: 1:30pm
  • ACT: 3:00pm
  • Western Australia: 12:00pm
  • UK & Ireland: 4:00am
  • New Zealand: 5:00pm
  • Japan: 1:00pm
  • Hong Kong: 12:00pm
  • Dubai: 8:00am

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The Melbourne Cup form guide is poured over by punters right around Australia and the world in the lead-up to the race. The Caulfield Cup is generally considered the major lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup, but no horse has completed the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double since Ethereal in 2001. The Cox Plate continues to grow as a Melbourne Cup form guide despite the notable difference in distances between the two spring features. Other races that have produced the Melbourne Cup winner in recent years include the Herbert Power Stakes, the Geelong Cup and the Lexus Stakes.

The Melbourne Cup each year attracts an incredible amount of betting activity and people are always looking out for the best tips to give them the winning edge. The Ladbrokes blog provides in depth racing tips and analysis on a daily basis.

Melbourne Cup Form Facts

  • From 2010 – 2019 five internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup most recently Cross Counter (2018) from Godolphin
  • Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared three Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2019
  • Fiorente ($7 in 2013) was the last favourite in Melbourne Cup betting to salute
  • Upset Melbourne Cup results are common with blow-out odds on offer for the likes of Viewed ($41 in 2008) and Prince Of Penzance ($101 in 2015)
  • Barrier 11 has been the most successful Melbourne Cup gate in the past 30 years
  • Triple champion Makybe Diva (2003-05) was the last mare to win the Melbourne Cup
  • Six-year-olds have an outstanding recent record in the Melbourne Cup results with five winning between 2010 – 2019

2020 Melbourne Cup Form Guide

A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2020 Form Guide will be provided below as soon as the final Melbourne Cup field is announced on the Saturday before the race.

Melbourne Cup Bet Types

Win – The most basic type of bet. Put your money straight up on the runner that you think will win the Melbourne Cup.

Place – Pick the horse that you think will finish in the top three positions but at lower odds.

Each-Way – Put equal amounts on a horse for the win and a place, the equivalent of two bets and you get paid out for both if it wins.

Quinella – Bet on the horses you think will finish first and second in either order. You can also pick for example one horse to finish 1st and then a combination The fewer horses you pick the greater the dividend.

Exacta – An exacta also involves choosing horses that you think will finish first and second but it differs from a quinella in that it has to be the exact order you specify in the bet.

Trifecta – Very similar to an Exacta, but for the first, second and third placings in the correct finishing order. You can also Box Trifecta to finish in any of the first 3 combinations.

First Four – A First Four bet works the same as an Exacta and Trifecta but for the first four runners in finishing order.

Prince of Penzance won the the 2015 Melbourne Cup at a staggering 100 to 1 odds.

Prince of Penzance winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos

Melbourne Cup Results

The Melbourne Cup results will be available at just after 3pm (AEDT) on the first Tuesday of November every year. The first three horses across the line draw the largest amount of interest from most punters, but due to the popularity of sweeps there is always interest in the final finishing position of all 24 runners.

Notable Past Melbourne Cup Results

1862: Archer became a back-to-back Melbourne Cup winner defending his title from the inaugural Melbourne Cup of 1861

1930: Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup – the shortest priced favourite to salute at 8/11 ($1.70)

1941: Skipton saluted in the Melbourne Cup as a three-year-old

1990: Kingston Town set the current Melbourne Cup record time of 3:16.3

1993: Vintage Crop prepared in Ireland by Dermot Weld became the first Northern hemisphere-trained Melbourne Cup winner

2005: Makybe Diva became the first three-time Melbourne Cup winner

2011: Dunaden won in the closest Melbourne Cup result in history defeating fellow international Red Cadeaux

2017: Rekindling became the first international Melbourne Cup winner to salute first-up without a lead-up run in Australia since Vintage Crop (1993)

2019: Vow And Declare (Danny O’Brien) became the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking in 2009

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
2019 Vow And Declare Craig Williams Danny O’Brien 3:24.76
2018 Cross Counter Kerrin McEvoy Charlie Appleby 3:21.17
2017 Rekindling Corey Brown Joseph O’Brien 3:21.19
2016 Almandin Kerrin McEvoy Robert Hickmott 3:20.58
2015 Prince of Penzance Michelle Payne Darren Weir 3.23.15
2014 Protectionist Ryan Moore Andreas Wohler 3.17.71
2013 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse 3.20.84
2012 Green Moon Brett Prebble Robert Hickmott 3.20.45
2011 Dunaden Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles 3.20.84
2010 Americain Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer Dupre 3.26.87
2009 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh 3.23.87
2008 Viewed Blake Shinn Bart Cummings 3.20.40
2007 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson 3.23.34
2006 Delta Blues Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii 3.21.47
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3.19.17
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3.28.55
2003 Makybe Diva Glen Boss David Hall 3.19.90
2002 Media Puzzle Damien Oliver Dermot K. Weld 3.16.97
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon 3.21.08
2000 Brew Kerrin McEvoy Mike Moroney 3.18.68

Melbourne Cup Quick Facts

Makybe Diva started one of the all-time shortest odds in Melbourne cup betting.

Makybe Diva has recorded a record 3 consecutive Melbourne Cup wins.

  • The Melbourne Cup was first contested in 1861 and was won by the Etienne de Mestre-trained Archer, who successfully defended his crown the following year.
  • Alongside Archer, only four other horses have won the Melbourne Cup more than once; Peter Pan (1932,34), Rain Lover (1968,69), Think Big (1974,75) and Makybe Diva (2003,04,05).
  • The Melbourne Cup was originally contested over a distance of two miles (3219m) but was shortened to 3200m in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system.
  • Kingston Rule holds the record for the fastest time in Melbourne Cup; taking out the race’s 1990 edition in 3:16.30.
  • The 2015 edition of the Melbourne Cup was won by the Darren Weir-trained Prince Of Penzance; a rank outsider having left at odds of $101 for success. The race also figured as the first time a female jockey was triumphant, in the form of Michelle Payne.

Melbourne Cup Trainer Profiles

Several trainers from around the world have enjoyed success in the Melbourne Cup throughout its rich history and their names have been etched into Australian race history and folklore as a result.

Bart Cummings has trained multiple past winners of the melbourne cup in melbourne cup betting markets.

Bart Cummings is the most successful Melbourne Cup trainer.

Bart Cummings

Undoubtedly the name most synonymous with the Melbourne Cup is that of the late, great Bart Cummings, who secured a record and incredible 12 wins in the race over a long and illustrious career. Cummings saddled his first Cup winner through Light Fingers in 1964 and it fast became clear the trainer was on his way to stardom when defending his crown with Galilee and Red Handed in 1965 and 1966 respectively. Cummings’ record will likely never been eclipsed and he will always be the toast of the Race That Stops a Nation.

Lee Freedman

Prominent Australian trainer Lee Freedman has won the second-most amount of Melbourne Cups having so-far saddled five winners. The trainer’s first triumph came when Tawriffic won in 1989, but his biggest impact on the race undoubtedly came in preparing equine superstar Makybe Diva to two of her three-consecutive successes in 2004 and 2005. Freedman currently trains in partnership with brother Anthony and the pair prepared Our Ivanhowe in the 2015 edition of the race, who was unlucky to be hampered for a run in the final straight.

Dermot Weld

A number of international trainers have made their mark in Australia on the first Tuesday of November, but perhaps none more than two-time winner Dermot Weld. Weld claimed his first Melbourne Cup success via popular stayer Vintage Crop in 1993 but is most famous for preparing Media Puzzle in 2002; partnered by champion hoop Damien Oliver in the wake of his brother Jason’s sudden passing from a fall in track work.

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Undoubtedly considered Australia’s major series, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as the name suggests runs through the season of spring each year; officially beginning in early August and concluding in the late stages of November.

The Melbourne Spring Carnival boasts black type racing each weekend and often through the week and is headlined by the Group 1 races that take place over four days during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

There are also what are known as the ‘Big 3’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival races or majors.

The Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is the first of these contested over a mile-and-a-half (2400m) in mid-October. Won by some of the country’s best staying horses, the Caulfield Cup often figures as the final turning point for horses both local and international ahead of the Melbourne Cup.

The Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) is the country’s premiere weight-for-age race and boasts an impressive $5 million purse. Contested just over a week prior to the Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate has been won by everything from locals to internationals and even three-year-olds since the turn of the century. Winx is the most famous Cox Plate champion winning a record four straight editions of the WFA feature from 2015-18.

The ‘Big 3’ spring majors finish with the Melbourne Cup over the two miles run as Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November annually.