Melbourne Cup 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 3 PM Flemington Group 1

Conquering the Melbourne Cup

For the 24 horses that will contest the 2017 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.

Key Factors for Melbourne Cup Success


Discover the ten factors that you should consider when assessing the Melbounrne Cup field.

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Taming the Trifecta

The big dividends in trifectas invariably come from races in which there are a lot of runners. The Melbourne Cup is an example. Let’s say you had a real “banker” for the Cup, a horse you felt was a mighty chance (like Makybe Diva) and you want to bet $50 (give or take a dollar) and make sure that most of the field is covered for 3rd place?

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Cup Day challenge: How Much To Bet

The Melbourne Cup is just around the corner. How much are you going to bet this year? Did you win last year? 

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Probe That Distance Win Factor

One of the many reasons the average punter loses money at the racetrack is an inability to rigorously assess the distance ability of the horses they are going to back. 

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SENSIBLE STEPS TO SUCCESS

If you are going to have a prepost bet on the Melbourne Cup, the time to have it is debatable. You can be a lucky Brian Blackwell and pick something at astronomical odds, and who is to say that BB won’t do it again? So maybe when the serious odds are posted, around early August, you should step in and have a small investment on...

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Everything you need to know to maximise your profits in a Cup Calcutta 

Is there a better way to back a horse in a race than in a calcutta? The value to be found in a calcutta can be the difference between a winning or losing year. There are downfalls but a smart operator who identifies the vagaries of a calcutta can certainly get an edge, and make a difference to their annual results.

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How to discover future champions

What makes a champion? It’s one of the most arguedabout topics in racing. When does a horse graduate from being the best, or even just one of the best, to champion? 

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Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup 2018 Dates

NOMINATIONS Tue, 7 August
WEIGHTS 12 September
1ST ACCEPTANCES Tue, 9 October
2ND ACCEPTANCES Mon, 29 October
FORM GUIDE Sat, 4 November
RACE DAY Tue, 6 November

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2017 Melbourne Cup Winner

Find out about the three key players - the horse, jockey and trainer that combined to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup

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