Known locally as ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is the most coveted prize in Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It is the biggest betting event of the year, always run on the first Tuesday in November.
The Melbourne Cup has the same betting options as other major races, like the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival or the Grand National. These three types of bets are the most common wagers placed each year during the Melbourne Cup festival:
The odds in the Melbourne Cup are presented to Australian punters in a different way. Each of the 24 horses running in the Melbourne Cup will be presented as a dollar amount. This means that if a horse is valued at A$5, every dollar you bet on that horse will return A$5 if it wins. To convert this into fractional odds, punters can split the A$5 payout into a profit of A$4 with a A$1 outlay. This would give odds of 4/1.
The best online betting sites like to provide Melbourne Cup odds in this fashion as an alternative to fractional or decimal odds as it may be easier for a first time gambler to understand on the day of the Cup. Most online bookmakers will, however, provide all bets in fractional or decimal odds for more traditional punters too.
Consider these points when plotting your horse racing betting strategy.
Prize money for the Melbourne Cup has been above AU$6 million since 2010, with trophies valued at a staggering $250,000 dollars. Melbourne Cup prize money in 2020 totals AU$7million, the first 12 horses to finish awarded from that pool as follows:
The owner of each prize winner in the Melbourne Cup receives 85% of the prize money, with the trainer receiving 10% and the jockey getting 5%. There is a AU$500,000 bonus for the owner of the winning horse if it has also won the Irish St. Leger run the September prior to the Melbourne Cup.
As mentioned above, Australia's Melbourne Cup is known to the locals as ‘the race that stops a nation’ and is the most coveted prize in Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It is a huge horse racing betting event, run on the first Tuesday in November each year - a day designated as a national holiday.
More than 200,000 eager bettors flock to Flemington Racecourse on the day of the Melbourne Cup. Offices across Australia stop work close to race time, and throughout the country it is televised on screens at local race tracks.
The Melbourne Cup reaches around 650 million people through its live television broadcast and over the course of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, over AU$650 million is wagered - $350 million of that spent betting on Cup day itself.
Interesting fact about the Melbourne Cup:
In the Melbourne Cup's 157-year history, only five horses have won the Cup more than once, Makybe Diva holding the record of three. The 2017 winner Rekindled did not return for 2018, but owner Lloyd Williams was looking for a third straight Melbourne Cup win with betting favourite Yucatan.
|2019||Vow And Declare||10/1||Craig Williams||Danny O’Brien|
|2018||Cross Counter||8/1||Kerrin McEvoy||Charlie Appleby|
|2017||Rekindling||14/1||Corey Brown||Joseph O'Brien|
|2016||Almandin||10/1||Kerrin McEvoy||Robert Hickmott|
|2015||Prince of Penzance||100/1||Michelle Payne||Darren Weir|
|2014||Protectionist||7/1||Ryan Moore||Andreas Wohler|
|2013||Fiorente||6/1f||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse|
|2012||Green Moon||19/1||Brett Prebble||Robert Hickmott|
|2011||Dunaden||15/2||Christophe Lemaire||Mikel Delzangles|
|2010||Americain||12/1||Gerald Mosse||Alain de Royer-Dupre|
|2009||Shocking||9/1||Corey Brown||Mark Kavanagh|
|2008||Viewed||40/1||Black Shinn||Bart Cummings|
|2007||Efficient||16/1||Michael Rodd||Graeme Rogerson|
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