The Emirates Melbourne Cup is not only well known in Australia, it is famous all over the world. Of all the races in the country, it is definitely the pinnacle. There are 6.2 million dollars up for grabs in prize money, which, until now, has made the Melbourne Cup the richest race in Australia. Its status might be under threat, however: in February 2017, Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club announced a brand new race, offering $10 million and to be held for the first time in October, at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney.
The length of the Melbourne Cup is 3,200 metres (or 3.2 kilometres). In the opinion of many (both members of the racing community and the general public), the race is the best staying handicap in the world.
If you are in a position to attend the Melbourne Cup live, you are in for a treat. One of the biggest contributors to the upbeat atmosphere is the possibility that history could be made. After all, many previous Melbourne Cup winners have become legends. One example is Phar Lap, who was the champion in 1930 and, over the course of his four-year career, won 37 races out of the 51 he ran. Another example is Kingston Rule, an American-bred horse who won in 1990 and, to this day, holds the Cup record.
In Australia and abroad, the Melbourne Cup is often referred to as “the race that stops a nation”. For the crowd, there is much more to the big day than checking out the Melbourne Cup field and scoping out the best Melbourne Cup odds. Another important aspect of the race is fashion. Expect to see racegoers decked out in their finest suits, dresses and fascinators - not only trackside but also in towns and cities all around the country. It’s a common tradition to gather at your local pub with friends and families to watch the race on the big screen. In Victoria, the event is a public holiday, so most people get the day off work.
Every year, the Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November at 3pm at Flemington Racecourse. It is open to horses aged three years or more and is a quality handicap. This means that each entrant must carry a particular amount of weight. Generally, older horses must bear more weight than younger ones. Another factor influencing weight level is a horse’s prior performance. Also, the weight of the riding gear and the jockey are taken into account and are modified with ballast.
The Melbourne Cup is just one of many races that take place on the day. In fact, there are nine others. They vary widely, in terms of their distances and the value of prize money up for grabs. To find the hottest Melbourne Cup tips in the lead-up to the race and to see the Melbourne Cup results as soon as they’re out, visit our site.
Melbourne Cup Field and Odds
Even though the final Melbourne Cup field is not released until shortly before the race, betting can start much earlier. Actually, betting markets become available months and months in advance. In betting jargon, such markets, which offer pre-field odds, are referred to as “ante-post markets” or “future markets”.
It isn’t difficult to find Melbourne Cup odds prior to the race. In fact, they are pretty much everywhere. However, that doesn’t mean punters should rush into taking them up. A lot can happen between the first release of future markets and the announcement of the Melbourne Cup field. As any seasoned punter knows, a range of factors can influence Melbourne Cup results, including the line-up of horses, the conditions of handicaps and, of course, the conditions of the track. Race date falls in spring in Australia, which means weather can be incredibly unpredictable - switching from sunshine to pouring rain within a few hours. A horse that might perform brilliantly on a dry track is unlikely to do as well on a wet, muddy one. Picking the winner of the Melbourne Cup is a notoriously tough task.
If you’d like to access the Melbourne Cup field as soon as it is announced, then you are in the right place. You can get it here straight after it is released. The announcement takes places on the Saturday before the race at 7:30pm. The race is always held on the first Tuesday in November, so you get three days to study the field before laying your bets. This doesn’t sound long, but if you use your time wisely then you can make worthwhile ground pretty quickly.
Nominations for the Melbourne Cup are released on September 2 every year. Once we get them, we start publishing Melbourne Cup form guides, which we update weekly, taking into account new rounds of nominations and new information. You would struggle to find a more in-depth form guide anywhere. We pride ourselves on providing you with stacks and stacks of information, including loads of data covering each horse’s history and, most importantly, performance in lead-up races. If you look below right now, you will see the current all-in Melbourne Cup odds for 2017.
On top of all this wealth of information, we offer you our fantastic odds comparison tool. This can save you hours of time because it allows you to compare the price of each and every Melbourne Cup runner easily and quickly. To cut a long story short, we have put the TAB against every leading book maker, to ensure that you can find the best possible prices for your favourite horses. No longer do you have to wade manually through one site after another. We have taken care of all the painstaking work and hassle for you.
With just a few months before the first Melbourne Cup nominations are made, it is time to start think about your betting strategy for this year. Luckily, our site can give you a major head start.