Melbourne Cup Betting

Last Updated 1 Nov 2022 | Commercial content | 18+

Melbourne Cup betting has been tied to the horse racing event since the beginning. Year after year, punters gather round to test their luck and knowledge and see if their favourite will be the one that wins or places in this high-stakes race. However, the sheer amount of Melbourne Cup statistics and information can be overwhelming, especially for anyone just getting into horse race betting.

Hopefully, this guide to the Melbourne Cup will give you a clearer insight into the inner workings of this high-stakes Australian horse race and prepare you for placing any bet you might want to place.

Melbourne Cup Betting: Bookmakers, Odds, Favourites

Never fear, horse racing fans, the Melbourne Cup is getting closer and closer, so we expect the operators to start updating their pool of information about Melbourne Cup betting soon. We will make sure to update the info as it comes, right until the final moment. It should be noted, that due to regulations online betting sites that operate in Australia cannot show their promotional offers to unregistered customers. To make your choice easier, we will reveal all the operators so you can compare, find your favourite ones and make the most of them. For more information, have a look at the Melbourne Cup betting offers for existing customers.

In the meantime, you can take a look at the major operators who are relevant to the high-stakes Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Betting Offers
Melbourne Cup Betting

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Melbourne Cup Betting Offers for Existing Customers

Existing customers will have full access to Melbourne Cup betting offers on bookmakers’ sites, depending on their availability. They can also take part in bookmakers’ regular promotions regarding horse racing. So, to stay up to date, it’s best if you check their promotions pages and see which ones are still active. Just have in mind that some operators restrict the regional availability of their offers, even within the country, so make sure to carefully read the terms and conditions for the offer you’re interested in.

Melbourne Cup Odds

Unlike Melbourne Cup betting, operators don’t waste much time releasing Melbourne Cup odds so you can find the preliminary odds several months in advance. You can bet on two types of odds: tote odds and fixed odds. Tote betting means that odds are calculated based on the number of bets placed up to a certain point. This means that, up until the race, the Melbourne Cup odds will be in constant fluctuation even for the bets that have already been placed.

On the other hand, fixed Melbourne cup odds mean that you will know the exact odds you are betting the moment you place your bet. These odds also change over time, as more information about participating Melbourne Cup horses becomes available, but the odds you got at the time of betting will stay the same.

Here is the list of current Melbourne Cup odds on favourites, but make sure to check back again, as they are subject to change.

Melbourne Cup Horses Trainer Melbourne Cup Odds Bet with
Deauville Legend James Ferguson 3.60

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Duais Edward Cummings 23.00

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Hoo Ya Mal George Boughey 16.00

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Gold Trip Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13.00

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Camorra Ger Lyons 41.00

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Young Werther Danny O’Brien 26.00

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Interpretation Aidan O’Brien 34.00

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Montelfelia David Payne 9.00

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Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien 29.00

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Knights Order Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 13.00

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Stockman James Cummings 31.00

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Lunar Flare Grahame Begg 19.00

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Emissary Michael Moroney 23.00

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Smokin’ Romans Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15.00

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Without A Fight Simon & Ed Crisford 11.00

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Daqiansweet Junior Phillip Stokes 41.00

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Serpentine Robert Hickmott 61.00

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Realm Of Flowers James Ferguson 9.00

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Numerian Annabel Neasham 61.00

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Tralee Rose Symon Wilde 101.00

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Arapaho Bjorn Baker 81.00

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Grand Promenade Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 81.00

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High Emocean Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 34.00

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You should have in mind that the odds can change before the event. Make sure to check them regularly in order to make an informed decision when you want to place your bet.

Beginners Melbourne Cup Betting Guide

If you are just getting into Melbourne Cup Betting, it’s good to have a broader perspective of the event itself. So here is a bit of Melbourne Cup history. 

Often called “the race that stops a nation”, the Melbourne Cup is a long-standing tradition. The first race was held back in 1861 and, ever since then, this annual Thoroughbred race has captured the attention of the Australian public like nothing before it. So much so that parts of Victoria have officially made the event a public holiday. Its popularity has set Melbourne Cup day on its course to becoming a national public holiday. This is mostly because many working people throughout the country choose to call in sick either way.

The race itself is a handicap race run over 3200 gruelling metres for three-year-old horses or older. A handicap means that the age of the horse, its past results and the weight of the jockey will determine how much additional weight will be added to a horse before the race. The older and more successful the horse the more additional weight it will carry. The minimum additional weight added is 50 kg. In theory, this is done in order to create a more level playing field. The race usually lasts for about three and a half minutes, which tells a lot about just how big of a test of endurance, speed and strength it is.

Now you are familiar with some of the more general points about the Melbourne Cup history and the race itself. So, let’s look at some other things you should have in mind as a Melbourne Cup betting beginner. If you are looking for some betting tips, read our Melbourne Cup tips.

Melbourne Cup Favourites

If there is one thing Melbourne Cup history has taught us, it’s that just because a horse is considered one of the Melbourne cup favourites, they are by no means guaranteed to win. One could say it’s quite the opposite, as, for the past 10 years, a favourite has won one only once. Nevertheless, throughout Melbourne cup history, Melbourne Cup favourites have won around 20% of races and they are, on average, more likely to place in the top 3 spots.

The Melbourne Cup favourites status is often given to the winners of the previous year’s race. However, handicap races such as this one are notoriously difficult to predict since there are many factors that can determine the outcome. Your safest option would be to look into the individual characteristics of Melbourne Cup horses and their performance throughout the season. So, do your research and don’t let the odds be your only betting guide. Don’t hesitate to have look at the Melbourne Cup betting trends.

To give you the idea of Melbourne Cup favourites’ performance throughout the Melbourne Cup history, here is an overview of their placement in the past 20 years.

Melbourne Cup Year Melbourne Cup Favourite Result
2019 Finche 7th
2018 Magic Circle 16th
2017 Marmelo and Almandin 9th and 12th
2016 Hartnell 3rd
2015 Fame Game 13th
2014 Admire Rakti 22nd
2013 Fiorente WON
2012 Dunaden 14th
2011 Americain 4th
2010 So You Think 3rd
2009 Alcopop 6th
2008 Mad Rush 7th
2007 Master O’Reilly 2nd
2006 Pop Rock 19th
2005 Makybe Diva WON
2004 Makybe Diva WON
2003 Mamool 23rd
2002 Vinnie Roe 4th
2001 Sky Heights 8th
2000 Kaapstad Way 4th

Melbourne Cup Betting Types

For punters new to Melbourne Cup betting, understanding the differences in Melbourne Cup betting types might be the most difficult thing, especially if they haven’t had much experience betting on horse races in general. That is why we believe that going through this short overview of different types of bets might be very helpful.

Wins, Place bets, Each-way bets, Futures

Win – When it comes to Melbourne Cup betting, this is the most basic type. You simply bet on the horse you think will win and hope for the best.

Place bet – Bet on a horse you believe will finish in the top 3, at lower odds.

Each-way – This is an equivalent of two bets. You bet on a horse either winning or placing in the top three, however, if the horse wins, you get paid for both.

Futures – Futures, as their name suggests, allow users to bet on events that are several months away.

Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta

Quinella Bet – You can bet on horses you think will win and place second, in any order. There are also options available to increase your chances of winning. You can choose one horse you think will finish first and three more you believe might come second. You can also choose four horses that can either come first or second. Of course, the caveat being that your returns diminish proportionately with the number of horses you choose.

Exacta Bet –Similar to a quinella bet, for an Exacta bet, you have to pick horses you think will finish first and second. However, you have to guess the exact finishing order. Additionally, as with a Quinella bet, you can nominate more than one horse for first and second place.

Trifecta bet –It’s just like an Exacta bet, but for the first three places. Again you have to guess the correct order to win the bet.

First Four, Quadrella, Treble, Double

First Four – As its name suggests, you choose horses that will place first, second, third and fourth in the correct order. You can either choose one horse for each place or more than one, as long as you specify in which place you think they will finish.

Quadrella Bet – A quaddie, as it is often called, involves choosing the winner of the last four races of the day, including the Melbourne Cup. You can select as many horses as you want, but the fewer you choose, the bigger the returns.

Treble – The only difference between a treble and a quaddie is the fact that in a treble you choose the winners of the last three races.

Double – The same as above, but for any two successive races of the day.

How do I place a bet on the Melbourne Cup Trifecta?

You can place this type of bet online by heading to your chosen bookmaker’s website, signing up for an account and following the instructions.


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Melbourne Cup Live Streaming

Since the Melbourne Cup keeps growing in popularity, it’s no surprise that audiences worldwide want to have the chance to watch it live. Fortunately, TV networks are listening to the demand and there are now more and more opportunities to watch it (more information to watch the Melbourne Cup live).

In Australia, live streaming will be offered by Channel 10 both on TV and their online service 10 play. Foxtel users will also be able to watch it through the Sky Channel, as well as on Foxtel’s proprietary online streaming service and the Foxtel Go app. Finally, a number of bookmakers will include the race into their live streaming service. However, the service will usually be made available only to customers who have placed a deposit.
Overseas, people living in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to watch the match live through Sky Racing and New Zealanders can watch it on and Sky Racing. People living in other countries will have to check with their local channels.

Melbourne Cup Live Betting

One of the main perks of Melbourne Cup live streaming is the ability to bet on the horses or jockeys as the action unfolds. While betting early might let you be more organised with your bets, betting live lets you assess how the horses are acting on the track before the race, take the weather conditions into account (read more about Melbourne Cup weather) and means your bet won’t be voided due to any scratchings on the day.

Please note that due to the Interactive Gambling Act in Australia, any form of live betting cannot be conducted online.

Melbourne Cup FAQ

If you’ve got any questions about Melbourne Cup betting or Melbourne Cup Day in general, you can take a look at our FAQs.

When is Melbourne Cup 2022?

This year, the Melbourne Cup will be on November 1st at 3 pm local time. Traditionally, it is held every first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse in Caulfield, Australia.

When was Melbourne Cup 2019?

The Melbourne Cup was held on 5 November at 3 pm local time.

Who will win the Melbourne Cup 2022?

As we have said, the Melbourne Cup is not an easily predictable event, so it is difficult to say. This year’s Melbourne Cup favourite is Tiger Moth, but that information isn’t too much to go on as we’re still a few months away from the event.

Who won the Melbourne Cup 2018?

The 2018 Melbourne Cup winner was Cross Counter. He had the third-lowest Melbourne Cup odds in 2018, which made him the third favourite.

What should I look for in Melbourne Cup horses?

Some of the most important things to look for while researching the Melbourne Cup horses is their age, their ancestry and their performance. The Melbourne Cup horses are three years or older, and a racing horse usually reaches its prime around the years 4 to 5. Although in the Melbourne Cup’s long history, there have also been winners who were as old as 7 and 8.

Where Can I Find Melbourne Cup Betting Promotions?

You will be able to find Melbourne Cup betting promotional offers on the operators’ websites, as the event gets closer. Unfortunately, due to regulations, online bookmakers operating in Australia cannot show promotional offers to unregistered users. On the plus side, articles such as this one can help you by providing you with relevant information and lists of all the active operators so you can get the most out of your Melbourne Cup betting experience.

How Many Races Are Held During the Melbourne Cup Day?

If you had the impression that there is only one race being held during the event, you couldn’t be more wrong. Part of what makes the race so big is the fact that there are 8 days of events surrounding it called the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Although each of the days is filled with races and events, the main race is held during Melbourne Cup Day. However, another popular race is the Caulfield Cup.

In total, there are ten races held on Melbourne Cup Day. The first race starts at 11 am, while the last one is at 5:20 pm. There are 40-minute breaks between races, with the exception being the Melbourne Cup itself, with an hour break before and after due to additional formal preparations.

How Many Horses Participate in the Melbourne Cup?

Due to the safety limit, the current maximum number of horses allowed to participate is 24. However, in the past, there have been races with more participants, the largest one having as many as 39 horses racing in 1890. Check here the odds for the top 23 Melbourne Cup horses

Can you bet on the Melbourne Cup today?

For those wanting to get an early start on betting on the 2022 Melbourne Cup, you can already start placing your bets today. There will be more bet types available as the big day approaches, but most bookmakers will already have future bets available online.

What are the best tips for betting on the Melbourne Cup?

You can find our free guide with all our best betting tips in our Melbourne Cup tips article.

For more information on horse racing betting, you can read our complete horse racing betting guide and learn more about the famous horse races to bet on all over the worlds.

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