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Melbourne Cup news, tips, form, betting strategies, giving you the info you need to help you win.

How To Pick the Winner of the Melbourne Cup

We reveal to you the secrets we have learned over the past 30 years of picking and backing horses and give you our secrets to picking Melbourne Cup Winners. 

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Conquering the Melbourne Cup

For the 24 horses that will contest the 2019 edition of the Melbourne Cup, the long road to Flemington has already begun. 

And similarly as punters, it is our job too to start our homework and preparation this far out from home. Indeed, getting a ‘feel’ for the Melbourne Cup’s annual story as early as possible is critically important in identifying the eventual winner.

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Fiorente, ridden by Damien Oliver, winner of the 2013 Melbourne Cup
Gai Waterhouse and Andrew Roberts, celebrate their Melbourne Cup winnning horse Fiorente, 2013.

FREE 2020 Melbourne Cup Tips

SURPRISE BABY (Paul Preusker):


Big locally trained hope and was heading the early betting from the day the markets opened. Ran 5th with 53.5 kgs last year and was probably a bit unlucky not to have finished closer. Has returned in good nick. He now has to carry 54.5kgs. Definitely one of the better local prospects.




Ran 2nd in last year’s scrappy Cup and got pushed back to 4th on protest. Very solid stayer but has to carry 56kgs although this may not be a problem as he carried 55.5kgs last year and went very close. At most recent start in Ireland won a Listed 2800m race at Down Royal, scoring by 3.5 lens. Appeals as a key contender

STRATUM ALBION (Willie Mullins):


Always need to be careful with runners from this stable. He’s a winner on flat and over hurdles up to 3600m so we know he can stay. He gets 55kgs which is a tester for him although below many of the weights he has carried. Ran 2nd/7 York UK 3300m on Aug 21, btn just under a length. Rates a lot of thought.


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Ten Key Factors to Melbourne Cup Success

Find out the 'Ten Key Form Factors' that you should consider when assessing the Melbounrne Cup field.

Identifying the Melbourne Cup winner should be a priority for all serious punters ... the amount of ‘mug’ money that floods the TAB pools on Cup day often creates false markets, with the presence of ‘boom’ horses gifting punters luxurious odds about other less ‘popular’ gallopers that on form, should be far shorter.

Discover the Key factors for Cup Success.

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2020 Melbourne Cup Odds

Looking for the best odds on your Melbourne Cup runner?

Whether you a bet just once a year or a seasoned punter, you should grab the best Melbourne Cup 2020 odds possible.

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2020 Melbourne Cup Betting

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How To Read A Melbourne Cup Form Guide

A Horse Racing Form Guide provides a wealth of information.  

Learn the meaning of form and how to find those winning selections.

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2018 Melbourne Cup Results

Cross Counter has ended two decades of Melbourne Cup frustration for the powerful global stable Godolphin by winning Australia’s greatest horse race.

On a rain-affected track and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for trainer Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter defeated Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran in an all-northern hemisphere finish.

One of the most influential racing operations in the world, the Sheikh Mohammed-backed Godolphin stable has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 1998. Full results and finishing order below.

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Melbourne Cup Prize Money

Past Melbourne Cup Results & Winners

The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by Almandin, trained Robert Hickmott and and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, narrowly beating Heartbreak City, with race favourite Hartnell running third.

Recent Cup Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2018  Cross Counter ($9.00) Marmelo   A Prince of Arran
2017  Rekindling ($17.00) Johannes Vermeer Max Dynamite
2016  Almandin ($11.00) Heartbreak City Hartnell
2015  Prince of Penzance ($125.00) Max Dynamite Criterion

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Melbourne Cup 2019 Fast Facts

Date:     Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Race Time: 3pm (EDST)
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Race Number: 7
Distance: 3200m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $8,00,000
2018 Winner: Cross Counter
Fastest time: 3.16.30 - Kingston Rule (1990)
Most wins by a horse: 3 - Makybe Diva
Most wins by a jockey: 4 - Bobby Lewis and Harry White
Most wins by a trainer: 12 - Bart Cummings
Most winning barrier: Barrier 5
Most winning weight: 54.5kg


When is Melbourne cup?

The Melbourne Cup is on Tuesday, 5 November 2018.  It is race number 7 in the Melbourne Cup day carnival held at Flemington Racecourse, VIC.

Melbourne Cup Race time?

The Melbourne Cup Race time is 3:00 pm (Melbourne time) on Tuesday, 05 November 2018 

How many horses in Melbourne Cup?

There are 24 horses in the Melbourne Cup with no emergencies.  The race is open to horses three years and older.  Each year hundreds of horses are nominated with the owners required to pay increasing fees as the race day approaches.  The final field is determined by a balloting system that takes into account factors such as previous race form, prize money in the last two years and allocated handicap weight.


Melbourne Cup Field

Each year hundreds of horses are nominated by their connections for the Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup draws the largest on the Australian racing calendar with up to 24 runners. 

The 2019 Melbounre Cup Final Field and Formguide will be available on November 2. Once the final field is set on the Saturday prior to the race, the barrier draw is then held.

Final Field

Melbourne Cup The Race That Stops The Nation

The Melbourne Cup is known as the ‘race that stops the nation’ in Australia.  At 3200m and with a prize pool of $8 million, it’s the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world and one of the riches turf races.  
Always held on the first Tuesday in November at 3:00pm, the Melbourne Cup is open to three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria and is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The race that stops the nation

For many people, the Melbourne Cup is often the only time they’ll take a punt on the horses.  Since 1861 the combination of a long race (3200m) and large field (24 horses), means upset wins from outside chances are common.  That said there have been star horses as well; with Makybe Diva winning 3, followed by Think Big with 2.  Legendary trainer Bart Cummings, won a total of 12 Melbourne Cups before his death in August 2015.  So eveyone’s in with a chance; even if it’s via the office-sweep stake where those unfortunate enough to get the horse that runs last, often get their money back.

Best of local and international horses

The Melbourne Cup is contested by horses from all over the world.  Open to horses three years old and over, entries close during the first week of August, with around 300-400 horses nominated each year, that is whittled down to 24 starters.  This is done through a combination of progressive fee payments and criteria applied by the race directors including:
  • prize money earned in the previous two years,
  • wins or placings in certain lead-up races (e.g. Cox Plate and international races such as the Doncaster Cup (UK), Irish St. Leger (IRE) and Tenno Sho (JPN))
  • allocated handicap weight


Melbourne Cup day is a public holiday in Melbourne with crowds of around 100,000 attending the Flemington Racetrack, located a short distance from the city centre.  Melbourne Cup day has captured the public’s imagination with some attending in formal raceday wear and others letting their imaginations run wild with all manner of costumes.

“Fashions on the Field” is a major aspect of the day with substantial prizes given to the best-dressed man and  woman.  Even for those not going to the race course, the Melbourne Cup is a good excuse for getting dressed up.  Melbourne Cup Day is known for its fashion and there are luncheons held across the country and overseas by ex-pats.

For those planning a trip to the Melbourne Cup, you might like to take in the three other race days within the Melbourne Cup Carnival.  Held over 4-11 November this year, the Melbourne Cup Carnival includes:
  • 2 Nov - Victoria Derby Day,
  • 5 Nov - Melbourne Cup Day,
  • 7 Nov - Crown Oaks Day and
  • 9 Nov - Emirates Stakes Day (recommended for families)

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Melbourne Cup 2020 Dates

NOMINATIONS Thu, 27 August
1ST ACCEPTANCES Tue, 29 September
2ND ACCEPTANCES Tue, 13 October
Barrier Draw Sat, 31 October
FORM GUIDE Sat, 31 October
RACE DAY Tue, 3 November

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