Melbourne Cup 2017

Tuesday 7th November

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

The 2017 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. This season the Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 7th November, 2017. 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. Only six favourites have won the Melbourne Cup in the last thirty years, while there have been 14 winners at double figure odds.

2016 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: Almandin
  • 2nd: Heartbreak City
  • 3rd: Hartnell
  • 4th: Qewy

Melbourne Cup Betting & Odds

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.

Below are the current all-in Melbourne Cup Odds for the 2017 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Melbourne Cup Odds

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.

Melbourne Cup Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2017 Melbourne Cup tips below closer to race day. General betting tips on the race include looking for international performers, proven two mile horses and gallopers coming off a top four run last start.

From 2009 – 2016 all but one of the Melbourne Cup winners finished first four in their lead-up run including four coming off a victory.

Melbourne Cup Date

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

Other tips for Melbourne Cup punters is to look at several key leadup races that are considered good guides for Melbourne Cup performance. Pay attention to strong runs in the Lexus Stakes, the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup. Fiorente (2013) was the last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up off a Cox Plate run (3rd).

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.

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, but the Mackinnon Stakes is no longer considered as important a form reference. 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 Field

The Melbourne Cup field is released on the Saturday afternoon (Victoria Derby Day) before the race and features a capacity field of 24 runners.

The ballot order for the Melbourne Cup is released several months in advance and the winners of the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Lexus Stakes and Emirates Stakes all earn a ballot exempt entry into the race. The TAB is unable to accommodate over 24 horses in a race and for this reason there are no emergencies in the Melbourne Cup.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Field will be released on Saturday November 4, 2017.

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.

2016 Melbourne Cup Results

The 2016 Melbourne Cup Results are now published below.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 17 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 17 52kg (1.0kg) $11
2 13 HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) Tony Martin Joao Moreira 0.2L 23 54kg $19
3 6 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 4.45L 12 56kg $5.50F
4 23 QEWY (IRE) Charlie Appleby Craig Williams 6.7L 15 51.5kg (0.5kg) $21
5 7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6.8L 20 56kg $26
6 9 ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 6.9L 19 54.5kg $31
7 16 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Damian Lane 7.9L 1 52.5kg $71
8 5 EXOSPHERIC (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 8.65L 13 56kg $21
9 22 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Mark Du Plessis 9.4L 4 51.5kg $81
10 1 BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell James Spencer 9.5L 7 57kg $14
11 11 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 9.8L 9 54.5kg $31
12 20 OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) Charlie Appleby Chad Schofield 10L 11 52kg (1.0kg) $9
13 4 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 10.75L 5 56kg $13
14 19 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Glen Boss 13.75L 16 52kg $41
15 12 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 13.95L 3 54.5kg (2.0kg) $8.50
16 15 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Vlad Duric 15.7L 21 53.5kg $61
17 2 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 15.8L 6 57kg $51
18 14 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 20.8L 14 54kg (1.5kg) $81
19 18 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 20.9L 22 52kg (1.0kg) $51
20 10 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Blake Shinn 22.15L 2 54.5kg $51
21 21 SECRET NUMBER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Stephen Baster 22.35L 10 52kg $31
22 8 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Frankie Dettori 24.35L 24 56kg $16
23 3 CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) Osamu Hirata Tommy Berry 27.35L 18 56.5kg $51
24 24 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope Ben E Thompson (a) 99.9L 8 51kg $61

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
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.
  • Barriers 4 and 12 have heralded the most number of Melbourne Cup winners; eleven each.
  • 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 $3 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.

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.