Melbourne Cup omen bets

Need a bet for the Melbourne Cup? Check out these Omen bets.

Fri, 28 Oct, 4:26 PM

Western Bulldogs:

The Western Bulldogs pulled off the biggest shock in recent AFL history by winning the Grand Final after finishing seventh on the ladder. The last time the Bulldogs lifted the famous trophy was way back in 1954, the same year Rising Fast won the Melbourne Cup. Rising Fast was a New Zealand-bred horse, which had also won the Caulfield Cup the same year.

Bulldogs’ fans looking for an omen will be backing Jameka - the second favourite is looking to become the tenth horse to complete the famous Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double. Will we see a repeat of 1954 when the Doggies won the Granny and a New Zealand horse won the Cup? If so, you need to be backing Who Shot Thebarman (NZ), Pentathlon (NZ) or Rose of Virginia (NZ)

Potential trend winners: Jameka (won Caulfield Cup), Who Shot Thebarman (NZ), Pentathlon (NZ), Rose of Virginia (NZ)

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Sydney Team Winning the NRL Grand Final:

The last four times a Sydney-based team has won the Grand Final, a foreign horse has gone on to win the Melbourne Cup:

2010: St George / American

2011: Manly / Dunaden

2013: Roosters / Fiorente

2014: Souths / Protectionist

Footy fans supporting New South Wales teams should be looking to back one of the many foreign horses running this year, including Hartnell, Exospheric, Almoonqith and Bondi Beach.

Potential winners: Hartnell, Exospheric, Almoonqith and Bondi Beach (among others)

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In the last sixteen years we’ve witnessed quite a few chilly Melbourne Cup days. In this period, every time the temperature has been below 20 degrees, a bay-coloured horse has won the big race. If you wake up feeling a bit nippy, it’s definitely worth backing one of the bays this year, discounting Oceanographer, Current Mirotic, Real Love, Excess Knowledge, Grand Marshal, Grey Lion, Tally, and Pentathlon.

Don’t back: Oceanographer, Current Mirotic, Real Love, Excess Knowledge, Grand Marshal, Grey Lion, Tally, Pentathlon

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If rain is forecast on the day, look for the bigger priced runners. Only one horse (Makybe Diva) in the last sixteen years has been priced in single figures and won when rainfall has been recorded on Melbourne Cup day.

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Back the Grey:

Only one grey horse has won the Melbourne Cup this century. Efficient won back in 2007, when the gelding was bred in New Zealand and wore blue on the special day. If greys are your thing then all fingers are pointing at Grey Lion. Just like Efficient, it’s an overseas gelding and has partially blue silks.

Potential winner: Grey Lion

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Historically, horses that are four or five-years-old have had most success, eight six-year-old horses have won the Cup in the last 15 years.

Potential six-year-old winners: Almandin / Heartbreak City / Almoonqith / Qewy / Real Love / Excess Knowledge / Grand Marshal / Our Ivanhowe / Secret Number / De Little Engine

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Horses with a Single Name:

Horses with seven-letter names have chalked up most victories in Cup history (32), well ahead of those with eight (the next most successful at 22). Look for horses beginning with T (16 wins) or P (14 wins), as horses beginning with these letters have proven the most successful. No horse beginning with I, Q, U, X or Y has ever won.

Potential winners: Hartnell (8 letters), Real Love (8 letters), Grey Lion (8 letters). Pentathlon (P), Tally (T), and Tom Melbourne (T).

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Triple J:

Flume is clear favourite to win the Triple J Hottest 100, which is a good omen for foreign horses. On the last three occasions an Australian act has won the countdown, an overseas runner has gone on to win the Cup.

Potential winners: Hartnell, Exospheric, Almoonqith and Bondi Beach (among others)

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Last year a gelding broke the run of seven straight stallions winning the Melbourne Cup. Since the turn of the decade, stallions have had more success, winning nine of the sixteen races.

Potential winners: Bondi Beach, Almoonqith, Exospheric, Excess Knowledge, Grey Lion, Our Ivanhowe

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Barrier: the Curse of #18

For the superstitious, the barrier draw can make or break the final punt. Since the draw was introduced in 1924, no horse starting from barrier 18 has won. That’s compared to barriers 9-11, which have produced five winners in just the last fifteen years. An Australian jockey won from barrier five on a foreign stallion in both 2012 and 2013, so if an Aussie rides a foreign stallion and gets barrier five, that’s where your money should be.

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Jockey’s Age:

A jockey under the age of thirty has not won the Melbourne Cup in the last seven years.

Rule out: Blake Shinn, James McDonald, Tommy Berry, Ben Melham

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie:

The combination of an Australian owner, trainer, and jockey, has been successful in the Melbourne Cup twelve of the last sixteen years. If you’re having a patriotic bet this time, then you’ve only got three options.

Potential winners: Jameka, Real Love, De Little Engine* (dependent on jockey)

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Colour of Silks:

Blue has been the magic colour for the Melbourne Cup, with silks containing blue having won on eleven of the last sixteen occasions. This is fantastic news for the Godolphin camp, who have come over with a team of horses to win the famous race.

Potential winners: Godolphin yard – Hartnell, Oceanographer, Secret Number, Tally

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The starting favourite has won the big race at Flemington three times in the past sixteen years, and on each occasion the horse has come from England or Ireland. This will be music to the ears of Hartnell backers.

Potential winners: Hartnell

Jockey Star Sign:

The last three times a $20+ winner has won the famous Group One, the jockey has been Australian with a Libra star sign! Mystical punters should be looking at a Blake Shinn, Michelle Payne, or Brett Pebble mount.

Potential winners: Blake Shinn, Michelle Payne, Brett Pebble

UK Female Prime Minister:

The last time the UK had a female Prime Minister was in 1990 when Margaret Thatcher ruled the Poms. In that same year the American horse Kingston Rule won the Melbourne Cup. Political enthusiasts should be backing another American horse, Almoonqith, to win the Cup now Theresa May is in charge.

Potential winners: Almoonqith (USA)


The famous race has been held on November 1st twice since 2000, and on both occasions a foreign bay-coloured horse has won the race at under $10. This is cracking news for Hartnell, who will definitely be going off at single figures.

Potential winner: Hartnell

Check the Pattern:

Don’t just go for a jockey wearing a pretty pattern. Recent history shows that jockeys wearing a checked design have a better chance of finishing first at the Melbourne Cup.

Olympic Year:

On the last four Olympic years an Australian owner, jockey and trainer partnership has won on a bay-coloured horse, and on neither occasion was the horse a gelding. Only three horses have the potential to continue this trend after Rio 2016; Exospheric, Jameka and Our Ivanowe.

Potential winners: Exospheric, Jameka, Our Ivanowe

All Roads Point to: Exospheric

If you are a rocket scientist and put all these trends together, then Exospheric is the winner! In the last sixteen years foreign horses have ruled, particularly ones from the UK and New Zealand. Stallions have also proven to be the most prolific during this period.

A horse with white on the silks has won ten of the last 16 Melbourne Cups, and Australian owners and trainers have dominated their international counterparts. Bay has been the most successful horse colour in the last sixteen years, with a whopping fourteen wins.

Exospheric fits all these trends. The bay stallion was foaled in the United Kingdom, will race in red, white and purple, and is owned and trained by Australians.

Potential winner: Exospheric

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