Melbourne Cup Tips 2021

Tuesday November 2, 2021

2021 Melbourne Cup Results

Verry Elleegant (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Verry Elleegant made history as a mare carrying 57kg from barrier 18 to a four length win in the 2021 Melbourne Cup results. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #4 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #2 Incentivise
  • 3rd: #3 Spanish Mission
  • 4th: #22 Floating Artist

Reigning Australian Racehorse of the year Verry Elleegant made history in the 2021 Melbourne Cup results, the Chris Waller-trained daughter of Zed claiming her 10th Group 1 victory after hitting the front inside the final furlong to defeat the beaten favourite Incentivise by four lengths in a supreme staying performance. Andrew Balding’s English raider Spanish Mission ran well for third in the Melbourne Cup 2021 trifecta, the first three past the post all carrying 57kg. Floating Artist was the best of the light-weights with 50kg, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained import finishing off the Melbourne Cup First Four.

Melbourne Cup tips on which horses in the field for the world’s richest handicap to back in Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT) on the first Tuesday of November are highly sought after. Each year punters are keen to get the insider Melbourne Cup tips to sort the pretenders from the genuine contenders in the $7.43 million Group 1 showdown.

Melbourne Cup Tips 2021

Our insider Melbourne Cup betting tips including the horses to back for the Melbourne Cup Trifecta on the first Tuesday of November will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Early Melbourne Cup Tips are to watch the international stayers contending Royal Ascot races over the winter and the lead-up spring racing form of horses that performed well over the autumn carnival.

In 2021 however, the COVID-19 pandemic means local horses are more likely to dominate the Melbourne Cup 2021 field and tips.

Punters can lock in their Melbourne Cup race selections at juicy all-in prices online right now with Ladbrokes, with big Flemington odds on offer for horses tipped to run in the Melbourne Cup field.

The Favourite#2 Incentivise ($2.90 at time of publish) – BET NOW

2021 Melbourne Cup Horses: Incentivise |

Incentivise is the horse to beat in the 2021 Melbourne Cup tips. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

There’s now a touch of “value” for Incentivise out to nearly $3 and it is impossible not to stick with the deserving short-priced favourite in one of the weaker editions of the ‘race that stops a nation’. He’s been heroic coming from an unplaced maiden loss at Toowoomba in March to win nine straight including a 3.5 length romp home from barrier 18 of 18 in the Caulfield Cup. Cannot see any issues with Peter Moody’s Queensland expat getting the two-miles and is drawn similar in barrier 16. Brett Prebble is going as well as the horse and retains the ride. Only a freak storm forcing a mud track or bad luck will see this next great champion beaten.

The Danger#1 Twilight Payment ($13 at time of publish) – BET NOW

There are officially only two international horses in the Melbourne Cup field (not counting the Waterhouse/Bott import Sir Lucan) including Joe Pride’s defending champion. Makybe Diva (2003-05) was the last stayer to win more than one, but this guy could be potential value to break the hoodoo of returning champs. He lead all-the-way – yep from barrier to box over two miles at HQ! – last year at a price and it takes a special horse to do that. His lead-up form from back home is equally as strong and Joe O’Brien is in fine form himself off the Cox Plate win. O’Brien is after his third, Lloyd Williams his eighth and even with top-weight (58kg) there are a few things suggesting this horse could do it.

The Each Way Value: #21 Tralee Rose ($15 at time of publish) – BET NOW

This mare was oh so brave winning the Geelong Cup last time out and gets in here at a decent price with a decent chance to surprise a few. Fourth in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup her only other go at the two-miles and with 51kg after carry 55.5kg last time out, she’ll run the 3200m no worries. Good gate, building with each run this prep and lovely strike-rate at Flemington (4:2-2-0). Lots to like about this well-bred daughter of Tavistock.

The Best Roughie: #12 Persan ($26 at time of publish) – BET NOW

After getting out to 30/1 Persan is back into 25/1 for the Cup but still looks one of the forgotten chances in the field. Without Incentivise there, this is one of the most open editions of the classic in recent memory and this galloper profiles well. Pierro five-year-old right age to win and lead-up Caulfield Cup third was eye-catching. Good fifth in the race last year and history is against him as a returning runner, but he is going just as well and can likely finish in the money perhaps in a race where more than a few are suspect class and distance wise.


Melbourne Cup 2022 Odds

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