Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor record in the Melbourne Cup over the past 30 years or so
The 2017 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 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 2017 edition of the Melbourne Cup is scheduled as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) on Tuesday November 7, 2017 , 2017.
Melbourne Cup Race Info
- Date: Tuesday November 7, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 3200m
- Conditions: Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $6.2 million
- First Run: 1861
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.
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. 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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Odds
Below are the current all-in Melbourne Cup Odds for the 2017 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’.
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 2014 when German raider Protectionist beat home 21 rivals as an $8 chance.
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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Field
The official Melbourne Cup 2017 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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations
The very early Melbourne Cup 2017 Nominations close at midday on Tuesday August 29, 2017 along with those for the Caulfield Cup. This will be followed by 2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances on Tuesday October 10, 2017.
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 – 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 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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Tips
Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2017 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.
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 – 2016 three internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup
- Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared two Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2016
- 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 – 2016
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.
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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Results
The official Melbourne Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order for Flemington Race 7 will be provided in full once the race is run and won on Tuesday November 7, 2017 .
2016 Melbourne Cup Results
|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
|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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.