Melbourne Cup Betting

The Melbourne Cup When Aussies speak of “The Cup” they are undoubtedly referring to the annual Melbourne Cup. Dubbed the “horse race that stops a nation”, it is the world’s richest and most prestigious horse race that is the focal point of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

Originally raced over 2 miles, it is now raced over 3,200 meters due to Australia adopting the metric system in 1972.

2016 Melbourne Cup Day

Each year, the Melbourne Cup Day is a feature of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival and is Australia’s most popular single day of horse racing. It is well known all over the world not only by fans of horse racing and sports betting in general, but also by trainers, punters and the general public all over the world. The thoroughbred horse race consistently attracts a crowd of over 100,000 people each year to the Flemington Racecourse in Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne.

It’s held at the regular time of 3:00pm AEST on the first Tuesday of November each year. The 3,200 metre race has a total prize money purse $6,200,000 AUD (six million, two hundred thousand Australian dollars) which is shared among the first 10 place getters. The winner recieves $3,600,000 AUD, plus the Melbourne Cup trophy itself. The horse that finishes 2nd receives $900,000, 3rd $450,000, 4th $250,000, 5th $175,000 and the 6th to 10th horses each receive $125,000.

2016 Melbourne Cup Winner & Final Odds

1st – 17 Almandin – $12.50 Win / $5.00 Place
2nd – 13 Heartbreak City – $6.50
3rd – 6 Hartnell – $3.50

Pos No Horse Name Jockey Margin Wt Bar SP
1st 17 Almandin K. McEvoy  n/a 52 17 $11
2nd 13 Heartbreak City J. Moreira  0.2L 54 23 $19
3rd 6 Hartnell J. McDonald 4.45L 56 12 $5.5F
4th 23 Qewy C. Williams 6.7L 51.5 15 $21
5th 7 Who Shot Thebarman H. Bowman 6.8L 56 20 $26
6th 9 Almoonqith M. Walker 6.9L 54.5 19 $31
7th 16 Beautiful Romance S. Baster 7.9L 52.5 1 $71
8th 5 Exospheric D. Oliver 8.65L 56 13 $21
9th 22 Pentathlon M. Du Plessis 9.4L 51.5 4 $81
10th 1 Big Orange J. Spencer 9.5L 57 7 $14
11th 11 Grand Marshal B. Melham 9.8L 54.5 9 $31
12th 20 Oceanographer C. Schofield 10L 52 11 $9
13th 4 Bondi Beach R. Moore 10.75L 56 5 $13
14th 19 Grey Lion G. Boss 13.75L 52 16 $41
15th 12 Jameka N. Hall 13.95L 54.5 3 $8.5
16th 15 Excess Knowledge V. Duric 15.7L 53.5 21 $61
17th 2 Our Ivanhowe D. Dunn 15.8L 57 6 $51
18th 14 Sir John Hawkwood B. Spriggs 20.8L 54 14 $81
19th 18 Assign K. Mallyon 20.9L 52 22 $51
20th 10 Gallante B. Shinn 22.15L 54.5 2 $51
21st 21 Secret Number S. Baster 22.35L 52 10 $31
22nd 8 Wicklow Brave F. Dettori 24.35L 56 24 $16
23rd 3 Curren Mirotic T. Berry 27.35L 56.5 18 $51
24th 24 Rose Of Virginia B. E Thompson 99.9L 51 8 $61

Final 2016 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

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# Horse Name Bar. Weight Trainer Jockey
1 BIG ORANGE (GB) 7 57kg M Bell J Spencer
2 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) 6 57kg L & A Freedman D Dunn
3 CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) 18 56.5kg O Hirata T Berry
4 BONDI BEACH (IRE) 5 56kg A O’Brien R Moore
5 EXOSPHERIC (GB) 13 56kg L & A Freedman D Oliver
6 HARTNELL (GB) 12 56kg J O’Shea J McDonald
7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) 20 56kg C Waller H Bowman
8 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) 24 56kg W Mullins F Dettori
9 ALMOONQITH (USA) 19 54.5kg D & B Hayes & T Dabernig M Walker
10 GALLANTE (IRE) 2 54.5kg R Hickmott B Shinn
11 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) 9 54.5kg C Waller B Melham
12 JAMEKA 3 54.5kg C Maher N Hall
13 HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) 23 54kg T Martin J Moreira
14 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) 14 54kg J P Thompson B Spriggs
15 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) 21 53.5kg G Waterhouse & A Bott V Duric
16 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) 1 52.5kg S Bin Suroor D Lane
17 ALMANDIN (GER) 17 52kg R Hickmott K McEvoy
18 ASSIGN (IRE) 22 52kg R Hickmott Ms. K Mallyon
19 GREY LION (IRE) 16 52kg M Cumani G Boss
20 OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) 11 52kg C Appleby C Schofield
21 SECRET NUMBER (GB) 10 52kg S Bin Suroor S Baster
22 PENTATHLON (NZ) 4 51.5kg J Wheeler M Du Plessis
23 QEWY (IRE) 15 51.5kg C Appleby C Williams
24 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) 8 51kg L & S Hope B Thompson (a)

Make sure you study the way horses finish off the preparation races such as the Caulfield Cup, Geelong Cup, the Sydney Cup earlier in the year and especially the recent form of horses who’ve raced over 2,500+ meters in overseas races. Good stayers are usually right up there at the end of the ‘Cup and at the very least, finishing strongly in long distance races is a reliable indicator of how well the horse will perform over the 3,200 meter Melb. Cup.

Tips for Betting on the Melbourne Cup

  • Bet on horses who have proven their ability to race over long distances. IMO, the most important tip.
  • Statistically, 4 and 5 year olds have the highest chance of winning. Too young or old have a hard time winning.
  • Look at the age of the horses, not many horses 7 years or older win, horses are in their prime from 3-7 years.
  • Watch the weather and note which horses like the forecast conditions, rain can make an enormous difference.
  • Don’t discount any horse without studying its form, the favourite only wins the Cup approximately 20% of the time.
  • Multiples pay extremely well, picking the Trifecta can be very rewarding both financially and for confidence.
  • Try and learn as much information as possible on foreign horses, taking particular interest in their ability to race over 3,000 meters.
  • Weight plays a big part in long races, often longshots with a light weight have a big advantage over the top weighted horses.
  • Watch the other distance races leading up to the Cup, especially the Caulfield Cup, Mackinnon Stakes, Cox Plate and Geelong Cup to see how the Cup horses finish off the race.

Big Odds for First Four’s, Trifecta’s, Quinella’s and Exacta’s

A great way to get huge odds is to put on multiples.
Flexi betting from the online bookmakers listed on OzePunting allow you to wager only the exact amount of money you want on every multiple.

First Four, Trifecta, Exacta & Quinella Betting Tips

To get the most value, instead of simply picking the horses with the shortest odds, it is always wise to put in one or two horses with big odds aka “longshots”, if the outsider manages to win and you have boxed them in your multiples, you’ll be rewarded enormously with the final payout. Even if your longshot(s) don’t win though, just coming in the placings will guarantee you receive a very healthy return.

Other good things about betting on multiples such as a trifecta in the Melbourne Cup specifically is the size of the betting pool is huge and the odds for the shorter priced horses are commonly still decent, with odds over $5 for example, whereas favourites in smaller races often pay around the $2 mark.


When is the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup is run on the first Tuesday in November. This year, that falls on Tuesday the 1st of November, 2016.
What time is the Melbourne Cup race?
The 2016 Melbourne Cup will race at 3PM AEST
Was the Melbourne Cup always held on a Tuesday?
No, prior to 1875, it was held on a Thursday.
What year was the first year of the Melbourne Cup?
Who won the very first Melbourne Cup?
What year did Phar Lap win the Cup?

Videos of Recent Melbourne Cup Winners

2016 Winner – Almandin

1st – Almandin Paying $12.50 Win, $5.00 Place
2nd – 13 Heartbreak City (Odds of $6.50)
3rd – 6 Hartnell – (Odds of $3.50)

Last – Rose Of Virginia

Approximage Exotic Bets & Multiples Payout
Quinella: $120
Exacta: $200
Trifecta: $1,550
First Four: $25,000

A dream run, followed by a dream sprint in the final straight handed Almandin a well deserved Melbourne Cup victory. If anything else happened, or if K. McEvoy was a lesser jockey, Heartbreak City may well have run over the top of the eventual winner. Both two horses had every chance to win, and both ran almost flawless races. Clearly the best two horses on the day got the quinella.

Hartnell finished a respectable third, in front of three others who raced admirably and if things had have gone their way at the end, could have earned themselves a place. These horses were Almoonqith, Who Shot Thebarman & Qewy. The bottom weight, Rose of Virginia didn’t do much at all and finished last.

2015 Winner – Prince of Penzance

1st – Prince of Penzance (Paying $86 Win, $21 Place)
2nd – Max Dynamite (Odds of $4.30)
3rd – Criterion (Odds of $5.50)
4th – Trip To Paris

Last – Snow Sky

Approximate Exotic Bets & Multiple Payouts
Quinella: $910
Exacta: $2050
Trifecta: $26,045
First Four $185,975

Michelle Payne made history by becoming the first female jockey to ever win the Melbourne Cup. She was almost denied the ride on Prince of Penzance by some of the horse racing industry who didn’t want her to ride. She famously took the ride and ended up being the first female jockey to ever win a Melbourne Cup.

2014 Winner – Protectionist

1st – Protectionist
2nd – Red Cadeaux
3rd – Who Shot Thebarman
4th – Signoff

Last – Admire Rakti

Protectionist was a worthy winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup, finishing strongly and easily beating Red Cadeaux who finished 2nd for the 3rd straight year. Pub favourite Who Shot Thebarman proved he was worthy in the race while Signoff showed that the bottom weight was in with a chance after winning the Lexus Stakes to qualify for the ‘Cup.

Unfortunately, the 2014 Melbourne Cup may be remembered for the tragic loss of two champion horses after the race. The starting favourite, Admire Rakti was in the perfect position to make a run going into the final turn, however instead of speeding into the final straight, he unfortunately slowed drastically and we could all see that he was in trouble. Shortly after the race he collapsed in his stall and passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Another tragedy befell Araldo, trained by Mike Moroney who was spooked by an Australian flag being waved on the trip to the scales after the race. Araldo suffered a broken cannon bone after getting his leg stuck in the fence, forcing a decision to euthanize the horse.

2013 Winner – Fiorente

1st – Fiorente
2nd – Red Cadeaux
3rd – Mount Athos
4th – Simenon
Verema – Did Not Finish
Last – Ruscello

After finishing second in 2012, Fiorente went all the way in 2013 giving Gai Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup winner. Dandino was coming home strongly but Craig Newitt left his run a little late. Red Cadeux battled on bravely but Damien Oliver was able to claim his third Melbourne Cup win as Fiorente powered home, winning by 0.75 lengths in a perfect ride from start to finish.

2012 Winner – Green Moon

1st – Green Moon
2nd – Fiorente
3rd – Jakkalberry
4th – Kelinni

Last – Ethiopia

Dashing to the lead in the final straight, Green Moon easily accounted for second place getter, Fiorente by a little over a length. There was no doubt once Green Moon was in the lead that the thoroughbred was going to keep its place and mark its name in history.

2011 Winner – Dunaden

1st – Dunaden
2nd – Red Cadeaux
3rd – Lucas Cranach
4th – Americain

Last – Modun

We haven’t seen a finish this close since Viewed and Bauer crossed the line neck and neck in 2008. Dunaden and Red Cadeaux hit the line together but Dunaden won by a nose in a heart stopping finish to the 151st Melbourne Cup that won’t be forgotten for some time.

Dunaden won the Geelong Cup in preparation for the Cup just like last years winner, Americain who started the race as $4.50 favourite and finished respectively in 4th position.

2010 Winner – Americain

1st – Americain
2nd – Maluckyday
3rd – So You Think
4th – Zipping

Last – Zavite

DNF – Descarado

European trained Americain settled at the back of the field, out from the rail but this put him in a good position to make his run for the finish.

Gerald Mosse’s timing was perfect, coming out wide on the final turn, the light weight (54.5 kg’s) helped him bolt away in the final straight to win the race easily in the end by 2-3/4 lengths.

Bottom weight (51 kg’s) Maluckyday came 2nd with a strong finish Favourite So You Think came in 3rd positoin, while Zipping finished 4th for the third time.

Statistics of past ‘Cup winners since 1990

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Time Odds
2013 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse 3.20.30 $7*
2012 Green Moon Brett Prebble Robert Hickmott 3:20.45 $22.50
2011 Dunaden Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles 3.20.84 $8
2010 Americain Gerald Mosse Alain de Royer Dupre 3:26.87 $10
2009 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh 3:23.87 $10
2008 Viewed Blake Shinn Bart Cummings 3:20.58 $46.50
2007 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson 3:23.34 $24.00
2006 Delta Blues Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii 3:21.47 $20.00
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3:19.17 $3.50*
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3:28.55 $4.00*
2003 Makybe Diva Glen Boss David Hall 3:19.90 $9.10
2002 Media Puzzle Damien Oliver Dermot K. Weld 3:16.97 $6.50
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon 3:21.08 $10.00
2000 Brew Kerrin McEvoy Mike Moroney 3:18.68 $15.00
1999 Rogan Josh John Marshall Bart Cummings 3:19.64 N/A
1998 Jezabeel Chris Munce Brian Jenkins 3:18.59 N/A
1997 Might and Power Jim Cassidy Jack Denham 3:18.33 N/A*
1996 Saintly Darren Beadman Bart Cummings 3:18.80 N/A
1995 Doriemus Damien Oliver Lee Freedman 3:27.60 N/A
1994 Jeune Wayne Harris David Hayes 3:19.80 N/A
1993 Vintage Crop Michael Kinane Dermot K. Weld 3:23.40 N/A
1992 Subzero Greg Hall Lee Freedman 3:24.70 N/A
1991 Let’s Elope Steven King Bart Cummings 3:18.90 N/A
1990 Kingston Rule Darren Beadman Bart Cummings 3:16.30 N/A

* Denotes the winner had the shortest odds, known as the "favourite" at the Cup’s official starting time.

Melbourne Cup Trivia

  • The largest field had 39 starters in 1890.
  • The smallest field had just 7 starters in 1863.
  • Not a single horse has won the race from barrier number 18.
  • The prize money for the first Cup in 1861 was 1,420 Pounds.
  • The shortest priced favourite to win was Phar Lap, paying 8/11.
  • Makybe Diva is the only horse to win the Melbourne Cup 3 times.
  • Legendary trainer Bart Cummings has the record of training the most winners, which is currently 12.
  • Bobbie Lewis and Harry White are the only two jockeys who have ridden the winner of the Cup 4 times.
  • Clare Lindop was the first Australian female to ride in the Cup in 2003, she rode Debben who did not place.
  • Sheila Laxon was the first woman trainer to officially win the Melbourne Cup with Ethereal in 2001.
  • The prize money reached $1,000,000 AUD for the very first time in 1985.
  • The highest paying trifecta on the Melbourne Cup was $61,867.90 in 1993.

History and More Information

All around the country, people stop what they’re doing to tune in to “The Cup”, which now attracts the very best stayers from Australia and around the world, racing to win their share of more than $6 million Australian dollars, as well as the physical cup itself. People don’t just go for the racing, celebrities from all around the world come to see one of Australia’s most famous events first-hand, it truly is a spectacle. If this race doesn’t get your heart pumping and adrenaline flowing when these champion thoroughbreds make the turn for the final stretch, horse racing simply isn’t for you!

It is estimated that over 80% of adults in Australia have a bet in some form or another (via the TOTE, a bookmaker, an online betting site or an office “sweep”, also known as sweepstakes, between themselves or other means) on the Cup. Due to the enormous crowds and other difficulties associated with placing a bet on Cup Day, online betting is growing larger each year.

Latest Melbourne Cup News

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