Melbourne Cup 2017

Tuesday November 7, 2017

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 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 2017 edition of the Melbourne Cup is scheduled as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) on Tuesday November 7, 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 First Acceptances

The official 2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances close on a Tuesday in early October narrowing down the list of potential runners heading towards a spot in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field.

The Melbourne Cup 2017 First Acceptances are now out and feature the likes of upset The Bart Cummings winning mare Amelie’s Star who is allocated a light 51kg weight, last year’s third placegetter Hartnell and the reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin who is one of eight still in the mix for five-time winning owner Lloyd Williams.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 4214×83941 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 1 51kg 7
2 3x2822x122 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2 57.5kg 2
3 665111×214 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 3 56.5kg 3
4 337311×681 JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 4 54.5kg 3.5
5 39x260x34x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 5 56kg 3.5
6 42212×6813 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 6 56kg 3.5
7 5P31111x11 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 7 52.5kg 4
8 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil 8 55.5kg 4
9 210×140124 REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 9 51.5kg 4
10 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler 10 55kg 4.5
11 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 11 55kg 4.5
12 3x5126x696 INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 53.5kg 4.5
13 312612×054 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 13 53kg 5
14 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 14 54.5kg 5
15 5x3642x944 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 15 54kg 5.5
16 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins 16 54kg 5.5
17 1121x5x762 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 54kg 5.5
18 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins 18 54kg 5.5
19 0x46x11x8x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 19 54kg 5.5
20 4407x5x865 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 20 54kg 5.5
21 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 21 54kg 5.5
22 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 22 53.5kg 6
23 21113×5502 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 23 53.5kg 6
24 x031x270x0 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 24 53kg 6.5
25 x8746Px616 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 25 53kg 6.5
26 22x141x40x QEWY (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 26 53kg 6.5
27 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine 27 53kg 6.5
28 x37301x373 CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 28 53kg 6.5
29 9210x71x04 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 29 53kg 6.5
30 6151021×76 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 30 51.5kg 6.5
31 11x6248x2x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer 31 53kg 6.5
32 1135104×08 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 7 Stuart Webb 32 52.5kg 7
33 9P01712x72 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins 33 52kg 7.5
34 7x39x12x13 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 34 51.5kg 8
35 84x386x515 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 35 51.5kg (inculdes 0.5kg penalty) 8.5
36 830x33x241 FOUNDRY (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 36 51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty) 8.5
37 1x073x0000 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 37= 50.5kg 9
38 x34340x468 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 37= 50kg 9
39 x97860x049 PENTATHLON (NZ) G 6 John Wheeler 39 50.5kg 9
40 184260×504 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 40 50kg 9.5
41 225223×541 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 41 50kg 9.5
42 65123×8135 BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 42 50kg 9.5
43 x500864121 AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 43 50kg 9.5
44 21x3811x76 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 44 50kg 9.5
45 82x542x998 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 45 50kg 9.5
46 x173511163 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 46 50kg 9.5
47 81x37x0143 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 47 55.5kg 4
48 80x621x020 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 48= 53kg 6.5
49 1x8400x725 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 48= 51.5kg 6.5
50 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 50= 52kg 7.5
51 516510×393 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 50= 52kg 7.5
52 533x0x0380 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 52= 50.5kg 9
53 624x42x32x KIDMENEVER (IRE) H 5 Charlie Appleby 52= 50.5kg 9
54 34×5411411 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 54= 50kg 9.5
55 22×2325210 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 54= 50kg 9.5

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The very early Melbourne Cup 2017 Nominations closed at midday on Tuesday August 29, 2017 and attracted 140 stayers including the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and a host of international raiders including early 58kg top weight Order Of St George.

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.

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.

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

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
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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.