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Melbourne Cup Weather Conditions

The Melbourne Cup 2023 is taking place on Tuesday 8th November. The Melbourne weather is notoriously difficult to predict, particularly towards the end of the year.

Weather conditions can have a huge impact on dictating how a race will play out. For successful Melbourne Cup betting, it’s important you assess the weather as early as you can.

Let’s take a look at what’s expected for this year’s edition of the Melbourne Cup, and how the weather can play a part when you select your horses.

How Has The Weather Affected Previous Races?

There are many aspects you should consider for Melbourne Cup 2023 betting. Form, jockey, age and health are all typical details that bettors examine when they pick a runner. Another important aspect is the weather conditions.

The previous Melbourne Cup suffered from a huge downpour. In turn, this led to the ground going soft, which affected many of the runners who perform better on good ground.

It’s important to assess the weather conditions before you place your bets. At the most basic level, f it’s raining, which horses have proven track records for good performances in those conditions? Similarly, if it’s dry, consider those horses that perform well on good-to-firm tracks.

Another aspect to consider is the barometric pressure. This can equally have an effect on a horse’s performance as to whether it’s raining or dry.

Temperatures have varied dramatically in recent editions of the Melbourne Cup. Last year, the overall temperature was around 17 degrees celsius. However, the previous three events had temperatures of 10, 11 and 9 degrees celsius. Have a look at the final results of the race over the last years, Melbourne Cup results in 2020, 2019 and 2018.

Melbourne Cup Weather

What’s In Store For The Melbourne Cup 2023

At this stage, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like at Flemington Park for the Melbourne Cup 2023. Melbourne is famous for its inconsistent weather conditions, particularly towards the end of the year.

It can be difficult to assess how much the weather conditions will affect a race, and this is particularly true of the Melbourne Cup. The weather can change drastically in the space of a couple of hours in Melbourne, which in turn makes it difficult to judge how this will affect a horse’s performance. In addition, it’s hard to evaluate how the track will hold up.

In general, though, the Melbourne Cup has a record of good track conditions. Since the 2011 Melbourne Cup, good track conditions were experienced. This was until last year’s edition when the rainy weather turned the track soft.

For the Melbourne Cup 2023, it’s important to keep an eye on weather conditions as the day itself progresses. As part of your betting plan, keep records of which horses perform well in particular weather conditions. 

To finish, a reminder to assess weather conditions as early as possible. Be aware of the impact this can have on how a horse will react. As well as the latest weather updates, pay particular attention to the temperature and barometric pressure.

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William HARRIS
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William is a racing writer with a growing portfolio of work on Australia and England horse racing. His passionate and his goal is to work as a journalist in the horse racing industry, and in the future to become a racing commentator.
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