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Tuesday, 7 November 2023, 3 PM Flemington Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2023

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

Brian Blackwell's Melbourne Cup Coverage

Brian will look at how the Melbourne Cup scene will reveal itself by the first Tuesday in November. Brian has started his ealybird coverage in September - and will provide regular updates as we move towards to Melbourne Cup.

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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 2023 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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Melbourne Cup 2013, Fiorente, ridden by Damien Oliver
Fiorente, ridden by Damien Oliver, winner of the 2013 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup Gai Waterhouse & Andrew Roberts, celebrate their Melbourne Cup winning horse Fiorente, 2013.
Gai Waterhouse and Andrew Roberts, celebrate their Melbourne Cup winning horse Fiorente, 2013.

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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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2023 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 2023 odds possible.

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2023 Melbourne Cup Betting

Grab your great betting deals and special offers on this years Melbourne Cup

Don't line up at a packed betting outlet ... online bookies are both quickest and easiest way to have a bet. Our Melbourne Cup betting page lists the top betting deals available with our recommended bookmakers!

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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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2023 Melbourne Cup Results

2021 Melbourne Cup Results and Winners

Verry Elleegant wins Melbourne Cup 2021

The 2021 Melbourne Cup has been run and won with champion mare Verry Elleegant proving a class above under jockey James McDonald to score a dominant win over race favourite Incentivise.

Incentivise was game in running second but was simply no match for the Waller-trained mare who raced clear over the concluding stages to score her 10th Group One win and hand J-Mac his first ever Melbourne Cup win.

Spanish Mission was the first of the internationals over the line in third while well-backed import Floating Artist finished fourth for Maher & Eustace.

Last place went the way of Ocean Billy, who had been the subject of specking on raceday.

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Melbourne Cup Prize Money

Total prize money for the  Melbourne Cup is $8 million to be awarded amongst the placegetters as follows:
 First $4.4 million (plus $250,000 in trophies), 2nd $1.1 million, 3rd $550,000, 4th $350,000, 5th $230,000, and from 6th to 12th place each will receive $160,000.

Past Melbourne Cup Results & Winners


Recent Cup Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Verry Elleegant Incentivise  Spanish Mission
2020 Twilight Payment ($26) Tiger Moth A Prince of Arran
2019 Vow And Declare ($11) Prince Of Arran Il Paradiso
2018 Cross Counter ($9) Marmelo   A Prince of Arran
2017 Rekindling ($17) Johannes Vermeer Max Dynamite

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Melbourne Cup 2022 Fast Facts

Date:     Tuesday, 1 November 2021
Race Time: 3pm (EDST)
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Race Number: 7
Distance: 3200m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $8,00,000. 
2020 Winner: Verry Elleegant
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, 7 November 2021.  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, 7 November 2021 

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 2023 Melbounre Cup Final Field and Formguide will be available on Saturday before the Cup. 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.

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Melbourne Cup 2023 Dates

NOMINATIONS Tuesday 5 September, 2023
1ST ACCEPTANC Tuesday 3 October, 2023
2ND ACCEPTANCES Tuesday 14 October, 2023
3RD ACCEPTANCES Monday 30 October, 2023
FORM GUIDE Saturday 4 November, 2023
RACE DAY Tue, 7 November, 2023

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