Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious horse race, known as “The race that stops a nation”, and is held at Flemington racecourse on the first Tuesday in November. The two-mile race is a Group 1 handicap for three-year-olds and older, and is the richest two-mile handicap in the world. As such, it attracts entrants from all over the world, including Japan, Britain, Ireland and France.

The most successful horse in the race – which was first run in 1861 - is Makybe Diva, who won it a remarkable three times in a row from 2003 to 2005. We’re yet to see a British winner of the race, though it has been won by Irish trainers in the past, including by Joseph O’Brien, who won the 2017 renewal with Rekindling.

 

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Melbourne Cup Top Trainer in recent times

Bart Cummings – 12 wins

Light Fingers (1965), Galilee (1966), Red Handed (1967), Think Big (1974 & 1975), Gold and Black (1977), Hyperno (1979), Kingston Rule (1990), Let’s Elope (1991), Saintly (1996), Rogan Josh (1999), Viewed (2008)

 

Melbourne Cup Top Jockey in recent times

Harry White - 4 wins

Think Big (1974 & 1975), Arwon (1978), Hyperno (1979)

 

Rekindling (pink cap) winning the Melbourne Cup for trainer Joseph O’Brien in 2017

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Melbourne Cup Racecard

The Melbourne Cup literally stops a nation, and there are ten races on the card at Flemington, including:

380 Stakes – a Group 3 race for two-year-old fillies held over five furlongs

Flemington Fling – a race for three-year-olds over five furlongs

Lexus Hybrid Plate – a listed race for three-year-old fillies held over seven furlongs

Melbourne Cup – the feature race on the card.

Premium Stakes – a listed handicap race held over nine furlongs

Sprint – a listed handicap held over six furlongs

Jockey Club Stakes – a Group 3 race for four-year-old mares held over seven furlongs

 

Flemington Racecourse

 

Melbourne Cup Betting

The race may go off in the early hours of the morning on UK time, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a big interest in betting on the race. There is normally a huge field heading to post, which means there’s usually a highly competitive betting market. There is a large number of bets placed on the Melbourne Cup, both in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Australia. The Melbourne Cup is shown live on At The Races, but in recent years it has also been available to watch live on Twitter.

 

Melbourne Cup Free Bets & Betting Offers

As with any big race, the top online bookies like Paddy Power and Betfair will have Melbourne Cup Free Bets and Melbourne Cup Betting Offers. Often the bookies will give you an enhanced price on one of the favourites, or they may offer a Bet Through The Card – get free bets when you bet on the first race of the card at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. Either way, we have you covered here with the best sign-up offer and betting specials for the Melbourne Cup.

 

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Melbourne Cup Runners & Form

Timeform is your best bet for finding the winner of the Melbourne Cup. When the race card for the Melbourne Cup is available over on our Races page, you will be able to find the latest form and insight on all of the Melbourne Cup runners from the team of expert tipsters at Timeform. Our Melbourne Cup runner-by-runner guides will be available on our website and on our mobile app

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Melbourne Cup Tips

Want to know which horses the expert Timeform Tipsters are backing on Melbourne Cup Day? You can get free tips for the Melbourne Cup either on the Timeform website or app. However you like to bet, Timeform has you covered with Melbourne Cup betting tips.  

Melbourne Cup Latest News, Odds & Results

Follow all the build up to the Melbourne Cup on the News pages at Timeform. Whether you are after the latest betting odds, market movers, going updates and non-runners, plus the latest from the stables of the top horses for the Melbourne Cup, you’ll find it right here. Simply want to know which horse was first past the post? Then go to our Results page to get the latest Melbourne Cup results.

 

Melbourne Cup Past Winners – this century

 

Year

Horse

Timeform Rating

Starting Price

2000

BREW (NZ)

111

14/1

2001

ETHEREAL (NZ)

119

9/1

2002

MEDIA PUZZLE (USA)

117

11/2

2003

MAKYBE DIVA

114

7/1

2004

MAKYBE DIVA

124

26/10

2005

MAKYBE DIVA

128

34/10

2006

DELTA BLUES (JPN)

125

17/1

2007

EFFICIENT (NZ)

123

16/1

2008

VIEWED (AUS)

120

40/1

2009

SHOCKING (AUS)

117

9/1

2010

AMERICAIN (USA)

126

12/1

2011

DUNADEN (FR)

123

15/2

2012

GREEN MOON (IRE)

124

198/10

2013

FIORENTE (IRE)

125

6/1

2014

PROTECTIONIST (GER)

128

7/1

2015

PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)

117

100/1

2016

ALMANDIN (GER)

119

10/1

2017

REKINDLING

123

14/1