Melbourne Cup 2018

Tuesday November 6, 2018

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 $6.2 million in prize money, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world and is second in prize money only to the $10 million The Everest held in Sydney in October when it comes to flat racing in Australia.

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 2018 edition of the Melbourne Cup ran as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) on Tuesday November 6, 2018.

2018 Melbourne Cup Results

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

Melbourne Cup Race Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 6, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $6.2 million
  • First Run: 1861

2018 Melbourne Cup Results

The official Melbourne Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order for Flemington Race 7 will be provided in full once the race is run and won on Tuesday November 6, 2018.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Results saw an all-Irish trifecta with three internationals from Ireland filling the placings in the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’. Trainer Joseph O’Brien became the youngest horseman to win the race, the 24-year-old preparing the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. Ridden by Corey Brown, who celebrated a second Melbourne Cup winning ride after his win on Shocking (2009), Rekindling became the first international winner since Vintage Crop (1993) to win without a previous lead-up run in Australia. Rekindling relished the 51.5kg lightweight and charged down the middle of the Flemington track to run down Johannes Vermeer, prepared by O’Brien’s master father Aidan O’Brien. The 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite returned this year and ran a brave third for William Mullins beaten three lengths.

The results for the 2018 edition of the race will be available here as soon as the race has been concluded

Melbourne Cup Betting & Odds

Early 2018 Melbourne Cup Betting markets on the potential stayers to contest the next edition of the two mile classic were released straight after the 2017 Melbourne Cup results with the two Irish-trained raiders Rekindling (1st) and Johannes Vermeer (2nd) tipped by the bookies as the ones to beat again next spring.

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.

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 – 2017 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 leadup 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).

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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2018 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.

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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Field

The official Melbourne Cup 2018 Final Field & Barrier Draw is announced the Saturday before on Victoria Derby Day, November 4, 2017 and will be published in full below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers will be out in Late October and will be detailed in the section below when it’s made available by Racing Victoria.

2018 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Takes Shape

Read more on the 2018 Melbourne Cup Horses.

The Melbourne Cup 2018 horses will be detailed both here and on the dedicated Melbourne Cup Horses page accessible above as we draw closer to the great race.

Melbourne Cup Horses 2018 Update: This is yet to be announced but specific updates on runners will be placed here.

Melbourne Cup 2018 Field Update: Updates on the field will be detailed here including size and depth.

Melbourne Cup 2018 Jockey Update: Any information changes on rides for the Melbourne Cup will be placed here once we get closer to Cup Week.

Melbourne Cup 2018 Update on Horses Out: Any runners that are being scratched whether early or later scratchings will be shown here.

2018 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2018 Second Acceptances will close in Late October and the highlights of who got in as well as other information will be discussed here.

2018 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The very early Melbourne Cup 2018 Nominations can be found below:

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x4184x81x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 1 58kg 1.5
2 x3195x111x BEST SOLUTION (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 2 57.5kg 2
3 62025x031x LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 3 57.5kg 2
4 5x22x0132x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 7 Andreas Wohler 4 57kg 2.5
5 78x512433x CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 5 56.5kg 3
6 x312561x1x COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller 6 56.5kg 3
7 45x814533x IDAHO (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien 7 56kg 3.5
8 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) G 7 Ian Williams 8 56kg 3.5
9 x0x92834x6 AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman 9 55.5kg 4
10 15x211250x CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) H 5 Yoshito Yahagi 10 55.5kg 4
11 7x28167x0x HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 55.5kg 4
12 1x68139x4x JON SNOW (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 12 55.5kg 4
13 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 6 John Gosden 13 55.5kg 4
14 2144x1132x SOUND CHECK (GER) H 6 Michael Moroney 14 55.5kg 4
15 8x72x3x56x TOSEN BASIL (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 15 55.5kg 4
16 4491x6731x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 10 Chris Waller 16 55.5kg 4
17 x55462x02x ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne 17 55kg 3
18 7x623x2x1x EMOTIONLESS (IRE) G 6 Charlie Appleby 18 55kg 4.5
19 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) H 6 Hughie Morrison 19 55kg 4.5
20 25041x8x7x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 20 55kg 4.5
21 x22x132x2x WEEKENDER (GB) H 5 John Gosden 21 55kg 4.5
22 111x1160x9 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 22 54.5kg 3.5
23 3x15x5331x DURETTO (GB) G 7 Andrew Balding 23 54.5kg 5
24 45221x111x MATERIAL MAN G 7 Justin Warwick 24 54.5kg 5
25 112x332x7x POUNAMU G 7 Alan Mathews 25 54.5kg 5
26 7x56164x5x AUVRAY (FR) G 8 Richard Freedman 26 54kg 5.5
27 021443x00x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 27 54kg 5.5
28 26x1353x2x COUNT OCTAVE (GB) H 5 Andrew Balding 28 54kg 5.5
29 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 29 54kg 4
30 219x32964x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 5 David Elsworth 30 54kg 5.5
31 313x655x1x FINCHE (GB) H 5 Chris Waller 31 54kg 5.5
32 3x1111x58x GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 32 54kg 4
33 36x004707x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 9 William Mullins 33 54kg 5.5
34 3x27314x0x MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings 34 54kg 5.5
35 x11x5x0x08 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 35 54kg 5.5
36 1x1422225x RED VERDON (USA) H 6 Ed Dunlop 36 54kg 5.5
37 8121x05x4x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 37 54kg 5.5
38 x437829x7x VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 38 54kg 5.5
39 x0x250272x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien 39 53.5kg 6
40 321x1111x HAMADA (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 40 53.5kg 6
41 741x780x00 MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price 41 53.5kg 4.5
42 3361x8899x SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees 42 53.5kg 6
43 x70x47x25x TIBERIAN (FR) H 7 Alain Couetil 43 53.5kg 6
44 35x463144x VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 44 53.5kg 4.5
45 1x3326x11x AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings 45 53kg 6.5
46 x400521x5x EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 46 53kg 5
47 12153x16x2 HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 47 53kg 6.5
48 41x329113x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 48 53kg 2.5
49 x11111x43x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 49 53kg 6.5
50 28x420x83x LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 50 53kg 6.5
51 x1x5x0057x NAKEETA (GB) G 8 Iain Jardine 51 53kg 6.5
52 3110328x2x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 52 53kg 6.5
53 5x2188632x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 6 Charlie Fellowes 53 53kg 6.5
54 0x22525x0x SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller 54 53kg 5
55 314513x01x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 55 53kg 6.5
56 732x03705x SOLE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Hirofumi Toda 56 53kg 6.5
57 1116×63211 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean 57 53kg 6.5
58 2121x31x1x WITHHOLD (GB) G 6 Roger Charlton 58 53kg 6.5
59 5158402x0x ZACADA (NZ) G 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 59 53kg 6.5
60 x6x10x246x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 60 52.5kg 7
61 50220x29x6 DOHA DREAM (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre 61 52.5kg 7
62 61431105×0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 6 Darren Weir 62 52.5kg 7
63 948x16313x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 63 52.5kg 7
64 4x13x4244x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 6 Ger Lyons 64 52.5kg 7
65 x203x60x8x ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 7 Chris Waller 65 52.5kg 7
66 x9066x9x3x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 66 52.5kg 7
67 1x0121x61x UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller 67 52.5kg 4
68 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68 52.5kg 7
69 114x39770x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander 69 52.5kg 7
70 2x111x28 GAME STARTER (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 70 52kg 7.5
71 2x22117x LATROBE (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 71 52kg 3.5
72 2x726x6x5x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 9 William Mullins 72 52kg 7.5
73 32x436013x YUCATAN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 73 52kg 7.5
74 343x312x60 HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price 74 51.5kg 5
75 x3620x402x INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith 75 51.5kg 8
76 501211x78x LADIES FIRST (NZ) M 6 Allan Sharrock 76 51.5kg 6.5
77 0x93116x5x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 77 51.5kg 8
78 1182×51346 PACODALI (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 78 51.5kg 8
79 x311113x6x YOUNGSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 79 51.5kg 5
80 21x21x214x ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir 80 51kg 8.5
81 361x16246x CASTERTON (IRE) H 5 Andre Fabre 81 51kg 8.5
82 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 4 Charlie Appleby 82 51kg 4.5
83 14x1331x14 DIVINE UNICORN (GB) G 5 Matthew Dunn 83 51kg 8.5
84 54x217549x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 84 51kg 8.5
85 151x35011x FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 85 51kg 4.5
86 7x81611x6x HIGHLAD G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 86 51kg 8.5
87 1x1327287x MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 87 51kg 7
88 412141×213 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 88 51kg 8.5
89 8x6427x345 ODEON (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 89 51kg 8.5
90 x049632x0x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 7 John Wheeler 90 51kg 8.5
91 3173x5x60x POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 91 51kg 8.5
92 12x04331x2 RISING RED (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 92 51kg 8.5
93 13x419225x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 93 51kg 4.5
94 x38x947x0x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller 94 51kg 8.5
95 x251711x80 SOPRESSA M 4 Darren Weir 95 51kg 5.5
96 x11432x80x SULLY (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 96 51kg 7
97 x3203860x7 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 97 51kg 8.5
98 1131119×45 NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 98 50.5kg 9
99 x2x115627x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 99 50.5kg 9
100 x051121x3x OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) M 6 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 100 50.5kg 7.5
101 842512226x REZEALIENT G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101 50.5kg 7.5
102 x90231130x RUNAWAY R 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102 50.5kg 7.5
103 750x55211x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 103 50.5kg 9
104 14x621x33x WALTON STREET (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 104 50.5kg 9
105 x0022x4x2x ABDON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105 50kg 9.5
106 843320x68x AL HARAM (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106 50kg 9.5
107 2131222x4x ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 107 50kg 8
108 4112x0873x AZURO (FR) G 5 Darren Weir 108 50kg 9.5
109 x31311440x BEDFORD (NZ) G 5 Anthony Freedman 109 50kg 9.5
110 7x314461x4 BELGRAVIA (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 110 50kg 9.5
111 x03438x71x BEST OF DAYS (GB) H 5 James Cummings 111 50kg 9.5
112 021x22x33x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 112 50kg 9.5
113 222x1x334x CALIBRATION (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 113 50kg 9.5
114 11x631x40x CHELKAR (FR) G 6 William Mullins 114 50kg 9.5
115 222x35113x CHEQUERED FLAG (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 115 50kg 9.5
116 651111×090 CORDERO G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 116 50kg 9.5
117 71x735900x CULLINGWORTH (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 117 50kg 9.5
118 497418×000 DANDY GENT G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 118 50kg 9.5
119 1x7x4x46x DANON ROMAN (JPN) H 5 Anthony Freedman 119 50kg 9.5
120 332120x96x DOMED M 5 John P Thompson 120 50kg 9.5
121 4111251×70 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 6 Matt Cumani 121 50kg 9.5
122 213x86x2x EXEMPLAR (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 122 50kg 9.5
123 x33113233x GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 123 50kg 8.5
124 128x11x0x GOLDEN AUTHORITY (NZ) G 5 Matt Cumani 124 50kg 9.5
125 21x020030x GUARDINI (FR) G 8 Darren Weir 125 50kg 9.5
126 131x590x9x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 126 50kg 9.5
127 x900x6x60x HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) H 9 Anthony Freedman 127 50kg 9.5
128 510x71491x HARIPOUR (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 128 50kg 9.5
129 140x621x45 HARRISON (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 129 50kg 9.5
130 x114209x7x HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 5 Shawn Mathrick 130 50kg 9.5
131 4230x8314x HERE AND NOW (GB) G 5 Ralph Beckett 131 50kg 9.5
132 19x31x0x1x HIGH BRIDGE (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 132 50kg 9.5
133 2x1336138x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 133 50kg 7
134 213×9 HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 134 50kg 9.5
135 331x03x ILWENDO (GER) H 5 Matthew Smith 135 50kg 9.5
136 333x1x618x JAAMEH (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 136 50kg 9.5
137 134x74x97x JAKE’S HILL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 137 50kg 9.5
138 369x00640x KELLSTORM (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir 138 50kg 9.5
139 64x362x53x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley 139 50kg 9.5
140 2x3503170x LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE) M 7 William Mullins 140 50kg 9.5
141 7x750x008x LANGLEY (JPN) H 8 Darren Weir 141 50kg 9.5
142 14x6110x4x LUVALUVA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 142 50kg 8
143 81172x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 143 50kg 9.5
144 321x99574x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 144 50kg 9.5
145 6164x0x02x MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 145 50kg 9.5
146 13323x08x MILSEAIN (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 146 50kg 9.5
147 16116x MING (IRE) G 4 Joseph O’Brien 147 50kg 9.5
148 419337x35x MISS ADMIRATION M 4 Mick Price 148 50kg 7.5
149 11589x720x MR CLARIFY (NZ) G 6 Wayne Walters 149 50kg 9.5
150 x57x15x82x MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 150 50kg 9.5
151 8914228x6x NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 151 50kg 9.5
152 112x16356x NELSON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 152 50kg 9
153 7424x02x67 OPPOSITION (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 153 50kg 9.5
154 572333240x ORMITO (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 154 50kg 9.5
155 40x11x OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) M 5 Grahame Begg 155 50kg 9.5
156 3114656x6x PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 156 50kg 9.5
157 151330x00x PERIBSEN (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea 157 50kg 9.5
158 11x824116x PIONEERTOWN (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 158 50kg 9.5
159 111x31x31x PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 159 50kg 9.5
160 332230×025 ROMANESQUE (IRE) H 6 Jarrod McLean 160 50kg 9.5
161 611212112x SELF SENSE G 8 David Brideoake 161 50kg 9.5
162 0x0x050x0x SHIMRANO (GER) G 7 Michael Hickmott 162 50kg 9.5
163 x4300x412x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 163 50kg 9.5
164 43462L1x3x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 164 50kg 9.5
165 804230716x SIR CHAUVELIN (GB) G 7 Jim Goldie 165 50kg 9.5
166 31x691420x SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 166 50kg 9.5
167 3219155x9x STEPS (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 167 50kg 9.5
168 2x12x4310x STRATUM (GB) G 6 William Mullins 168 50kg 9.5
169 53x112x SUPERNOVA (GB) H 4 David Simcock 169 50kg 9.5
170 126x SURREY G 6 Graeme Rogerson 170 50kg 9.5
171 000x00763x TALL SHIP (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir 171 50kg 9.5
172 20116x00x TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 4 Anthony Freedman 172 50kg 9.5
173 416400x01x THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 173 50kg 9.5
174 1x3x33855x THE PENTAGON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 174 50kg 9.5
175 111x62415x THE STATESMAN (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 175 50kg 9.5
176 464521221x TIFFANY’S LASS M 5 Danny Laws 176 50kg 9.5
177 74x612825x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 177 50kg 9.5
178 110x81112x VALAC (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 178 50kg 9.5
179 53x6830x4x WHEAL LEISURE M 5 Archie Alexander 179 50kg 9.5
180 x94273214x WOLFE TONE (NZ) H 4 Francis Finnegan 180 50kg 9.5
181 46x4421x22 YOGI (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 181 50kg 9.5
182 510 SYDNEY BLUE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 182 49kg 9.5
183 131x THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 183 49kg 9.5

Melbourne Cup Favourites

  • From 2006 – 2017 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 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

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 – 2017 four internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup most recently Rekindling (2017) from Ireland
  • Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared three Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2017
  • 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 – 2017

2018 Melbourne Cup Form Guide

A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2018 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)

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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 $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.