The 2018 Melbourne Cup information, Betting Preview & Tips

Preview the running of the richest 3200m handicap race on in the world, The 2018 Melbourne Cup.

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The Melbourne Cup (VICTORIA)

 

 

DATE: November 6, 2018 (Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival)

 

LOCATION: Flemington

 

DISTANCE: 3200m

 

RACE TYPE: handicap

 

STATUS: Ballot situation with the best 24 horses accepted into the final field.

 

2017 WINNER: Rekindling

 

RACE RECORD:  1990 Kingston Rule 3mins 16.3secs

 

THE PRIZE MONEY: Total stakes: $6 million

 

1st: $3.6m

2nd: $900,000

3rd: $450,000

4th: $250,000

5th: $175,000

6th-10th: $125,000

 

 

MELBOURNE CUP HISTORY

 

The $6 million Melbourne Cup is set for Tuesday November 6 in line with the time honored tradition of being run on the first Tuesday in November. It was first run all the way back in 1861 and is known as “The race that stops a nation”.

 

It was a two-mile race until 1972 when the Australian government went metric and it was shortened by the Victorian Racing Club to 3200m.

 

It is run at Victoria’s principle racetrack, Flemington, at 3pm (Melbourne Time)

The Melbourne Cup day is the biggest racing day on the Australian calendar with hundreds of meetings (not just thoroughbred but harness racing and greyhounds) being held around the country to affiliate with the Cup.

 

 

MELBOURNE CUP FORMAT

 

The Melbourne Cup is a handicap race for three-year-olds and older horses.

 

The minimum handicap is 50kg. There is no maximum handicap but the top allocated weight must be no less than 57kg.

 

The first weight allocated to each horse is declared by the Victorian handicapper in early September.

 

Horses can be penalized after weights are released. The discretion of a re-handicapper is left to the Victorian handicapper.

 

The maximum final field for the Melbourne Cup is 24 runners. In the past there have been a lot more (39 runners in 1890) runners, but 24 is considered to be safe.

 

The race is under balloting condition, however the winner of the Lexus Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes,

Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, The Bart Cummings, the Doncaster Cup (United Kingdom), the Irish St Leger (Ireland), The Tenno Sho (Japan), Sankei Sho All Comers (Japan), Arlington Million (USA), San Juan Capistrano Handicap (USA) and Australian Stayers Challenge are exempt from the ballot.

 

International horses start arriving from late September and must be in quarantine for 14 days at an approved property in their own country before being flown to Australia.

 

The Werribee International Horse Centre is the Victorian quarantine for the international horses.

 

The facility has stabling for up to 24 horses in five separate stable complexes and has a racetrack to work on. It is situated 32km from Melbourne.

 

 

MELBOURNE CUP BETTING TIPS

 

It is by far the biggest punting day in the nation with millions of punters turning out to racetracks, TAB’s Melbourne Cup luncheons and all of them having their bet on a horse or horses in the Melbourne Cup

 

The result is the winner or place-getters will pay higher dividends because it is the biggest betting pool of the year. Novelty betting is a bonanza with first fours and other forms of novelty betting paying out big dividends.

 

Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Victoria, but in Australia’s other five States and two Territories it is an “unofficial” holiday with millions of workers taking the day off.

 

Irish trainer Dermott Weld has been the most successful International trainer winning the Melbourne Cup twice with Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002).

 

Makybe Diva has won the Cup more times than any other horse winning it three times. She first won it in 2003 for trainer David Hall, before he went to Hong Kong and she won her next two Cups for trainer Lee Freedman in 2004 and 2005.

 

An Australian training icon, the late Bart Cummings has won the most Melbourne Cups with 12 on his mantle from wins in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, and 2008.

 

Jockey's Bobby Lewis (1902, 1915, 1919 and 1927) and Harry White (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979) share as the most winning Melbourne Cup jockeys on four apiece.

 

West Australian jockey Damien Oliver has won the Cup three times with Doriemus (1994), Media Puzzle (2002) and Fiorente, who was trainer Gai Waterhouse’s first Cup winner.

 

Waterhouse is the daughter of legendary trainer Tommy Smith, who won the Cup twice in 1955 and 1981.

 

Michelle Payne is the first, and only, female jockey to win the Cup on rank outsider Prince Of Penzance in 2015.

 

The New Zealand born Sheila Laxon was officially the first woman to train the winner of the Cup with Ethereal in 2001. Ethereal won the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups double.

 

Businessman Lloyd Williams has won the Cup five times making him the most winning owner. Reigning Cup champion Almandin spearheads his assault on this year’s Melbourne Cup.

 

He won his first Cup in 1981 and then again in 1985, 2007, 2012 and 2016.

 

Think Big (1974-75) Rain Lover (1968-69), Peter Pan (1932-34) and Archer (1861-62) are the only other horses to win the Melbourne Cup twice.

 

The heaviest weight carried to win the Melbourne Cup was Carbine who lumped 66kg in 1890.

 

 

MELBOURNE CUP BARRIER DRAWS

 

 

The final field for the Melbourne Cup is not drawn until Saturday night on November 3.

The draw is held at Flemington Racecourse after the final race of the Victoria Derby Day.

 

 

MELBOURNE CUP ODDS

 

Some notables in the Melbourne Cup betting are:

 

$24 Rekindling

 

$26 Johannes Vermeer

 

$26 Order of St George

 

$26 Aloisia

 

$34 Almandin

 

$34 Stradivarius

 

$34 Big Duke

 

$34 Marmelo

 

$34 Ace High

 

$34 Bonneval

 

$51 Inference

 

 

PAST MELBOURNE CUPS RESULTS

 

Year

Winner

Weight (kg)

Jockey

Trainer

2017

Rekindling

51.5

Corey Brown

Joseph O’Brien

2016

Almandin

52

Kerrin McEvoy

Robert Hickmott

2015

Prince of Penzance

53

Michelle Payne

Darren Weir

2014

Protectionist

56.5

Ryan Moore

Andreas Wohler

2013

Fiorente

55

Damier Oliver

Gai Waterhouse

2012

Green Moon

53.5

Brett Prebble

Robert Hickmott

2011

Dunaden

54.5

Christophe Lemaire

Mikel Delzngles

2010

Americain

54.5

Gerald Mosse

Alain de Royer-Dupre

2009

Shocking

51

Corey Brown

Mark Kavanagh

2008

Viewed

53

Blake Shinn

Bart Cummings

2007

Efficient

54.5

Michael Rodd

Graeme Rogerson

2006

Delta Blues

56

Yasunari Iwata

Katsuhiko Sumii

2005

Makybe Diva

58

Glen Boss

Lee Freedman

2004

Makybe Diva

55.5

Glen Boss

Lee Freedman

2003

Makybe Diva

51

Glen Boss

Darrent

2002

Media Puzzle

52.5

Damien Oliver

Dermot K. Weld

2001

Ethereal

52

Scott Seamer

Sheila Laxon

2000

Brew

49

Kerrin McEvoy

Mike Moroney

1999

Rogan Josh

50

John Mashall

Bart Cummings

1998

Jezabeel

51

Chris Munce

Brian Jenkins

1997

Might and Power

56

Jim Cassidy

Jack Denham

1996

Saintly

55.5

Darren Beadman

Bart Cummings

1995

Doriemus

54.5

Damien Oliver

Lee Freedman

1994

Jeune

56.5

Wayne Harris

David Hayes

1993

Vintage Crop

55.5

Michael Kinane

Dermot K. Weld

1992

Subzero

54.5

Greg Hall

Lee Freedman

1991

Let's Elope

51

Steven King

Bart Cummings

1990

Kingston Rule

53

Darren Beadman

Bart Cummings

 

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