TAB customers are preparing to go against the favourite a little over 24 hours out from the Emirates Melbourne Cup.


Betting on the great race has been furious today with Trip To Paris backed from $8.50 into $7 and a clear second pick behind the easing favourite, Fame Game.


One TAB customer took the $8.50 on offer this morning by splashing out $14,500 to win a little over $123,000.


Japan’s Fame Game is still at the top of the market but is out a point from $3.20 this morning to its current $4.20 quote.


Other runners to have attracted sizable bets today including Criterion and The United States, while Preferment remains one of the popular runners with TAB customers as well.


“This is a significant move for Trip To Paris who is easily the best backed runner in the last 12-24 hours,” TAB’s Glenn Munsie said.






$25,000 @ $16 on Criterion

$20,000 @ $21 on The United States

$14,500 @ $8.50 on Trip To Paris

$5,000 and $4,000 @ $7.50 on Trip To Paris

$4,500 @ $11 on Preferment

$5,000 @ $17 place on Sky Hunter

$500 x $61,00 @ $51/$13.50 eachway on Sky Hunter

$2,000 x $1,000 @ $31/$8.50 eachway on Red Cadeaux




Fame Game $3.20 out to $4.20

Trip To Paris $9 in to $7

Our Ivanhowe $35-$23 into $21

Max Dynamite $10-$13

Red Cadeaux $19-$26 out to $31

Almoonqith $17 into $15

Sky Hunter $71 into $35




Trip To Paris $8.50 into $7

Fame Game $3.20-$3.80 out to $4.20

Who Shot Thebarman $21 into $19

The United States $21-$19

Criterion $16-$14 out to $15




-          $10 million individual bets will be placed on Melbourne Cup day

-          Tabcorp will process over 3,000 transactions per second at its peak on Cup day

-          Tabcorp will take bets in more than 2,900 venues in NSW, Victoria and the ACT


-          There are 29 race meetings (17 gallops) on Cup day (252 races)

-          1st race is a gallops race at 10.20am at Wingatui (NZ) and the last race at 10.55pm at Cranbourne greys

-          Anyone who misses the winner of the Cup can still have a bet in another 181 races that day


-          Red Cadeaux will run in his 5th Melbourne Cup (finished 2nd in 3 of them) – one bet yesterday of $2500 e/w @ $26/$7.25 to collect $83,125

-      He has been the best backed runner to run a place 


-          TAB estimate after the running of the Cup they would have taken almost 1 million individual bets on Red Cadeaux in the Melbourne Cup (across 5 runnings of the Cup) – making him the most backed runner in history **includes exotics**




1 – Just one favourite has won in the past nine years (Fiorente at $7 in 2013) - Fame Game is $4 favourite 


$1.65 – The price an overseas trained runner will win the Cup – three of the last five have been trained overseas


3 – The number of runners paying $101 or more to win the Cup. This year there are: Prince of Penzance, Quest for More ($101) and Sertorius ($151)


5 – Apart from Bart Cummings with 12 wins, Lee Freedman is the next most successful with five (he has Our Ivanhowe at $21)


6 – Six-year-olds have a great strike rate in recent years having won four of the last five races. There are seven in this year with Fame Game ($4) the best chance.


$8.50 – Red Cadeaux’s price to run a place – the 10-year-old has finished 2nd three times in four attempts and is the best backed runner to finish in the placings


11 – Saddlecloth numbers 4 and 12 have been the most successful both winning 11 times. They are Our Ivanhowe (4) and Sky Hunter (12)


$41 – The longest priced winner in the modern time was Viewed at $41 in 2008. Previously longest was Hi Jinx ($51) in 1960


1993 – The last time a horse (Vintage Crop) won the Cup without having previously had a run in Australia. There are five this year with the best chance Max Dynamite ($13)


2005 – The last time a mare won the race (Makybe Diva). The only mare in the race is Gust of Wind ($31)


$25,000 – The biggest fixed odds bet (as of 1pm Monday) has been $25,000 @ $16 on Criterion to collect $400,000   


$61,867.90 – The biggest trifecta dividend was in 1993 with Vintage Crop-Te Akau Nick-Mercator


$118,652 – One punter turned $1 into $118,652 after successfully picking the First 4 – Fiorente-Red Cadeaux-Mount Athos-Simenon – in order in 2013


$403,918.77 – One punter successfully boxed 4 runners in a trifecta in the the 2012 Melbourne Cup for $50 (41.66%) and collected almost half-a-million dollars  


$1,467,099  – The biggest First 4 dividend was in 2012 (NSW TAB) with Green Moon-Fiorente-Jakkalberry-Kelinni – one Victorian punter had $5 at 20.83% and collected $201,959 (VIC TAB paid $969,406)