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Melbourne Cup: What To Expect In 2019

The Melbourne Cup 2019 is fast approaching, with runners and riders information on the brink of release. Can analyzing the events of the 2018 edition help you make successful betting choices this time? Let’s review what happened in last year’s race, starting with the statistics and betting trends you should keep in mind.

What Happened Last Time Out?

The winner of last year’s Melbourne Cup was Cross Counter. An 8/1 shot at the start of the race, Kerrin McEvoy rode the British-based horse to victory for his third Melbourne Cup win. For more information, look at the Melbourne Cup 2018 results. Could another British horse take the Melbourne Cup 2019 crown?

The top three were all British based runners, with Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran finishing in second and third place respectively.

The pre-race favourite was the Aidan O’Brien-trained Yucatan. Yucatan finished in a disappointing 11th place. In fact, only three of the last 15 favourites have gone on to prove the bookmakers right.

What To Expect In 2019

While only three favourites have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup in the last 15 years, nine have placed. Maybe looking at each-way betting for the Melbourne Cup 2019 could be beneficial. There are also likely to be each-way betting available for the Melbourne Cup at the majority of bookmakers.

It’s also a good idea to assess the weather conditions before you place any bets (more information about the Melbourne Cup weather conditions). The previous Melbourne Cup was heavily affected by rain, which in turn affected the performances of a number of horses that were expected to do well.

Who are the pre-race favourites for the Melbourne Cup 2019? Like all major sporting events, thousands of bets are placed on the Melbourne Cup each year. Let’s take a look at where the money’s going so far.

What To Expect In 2019 Melbourne

Cross Counter

The winning horse from the Melbourne Cup last time out, Cross Counter is amongst the favourites to be victorious once more. The horse is in good form, too, with a Dubai Gold Cup win added in March.

There hasn’t been a consecutive winner of the Melbourne Cup since 2005, where Makybe Diva added a win after the victory the previous year. Let’s see if Cross Counter can provide another victory for Godolphin in the Melbourne Cup 2019.

A Prince Of Arran

After finishing third in last year’s edition, A Prince Of Arran is tipped by many to take the crown this time around. Odds should be favourable, too, though the horse is yet to win a race this year.

Other Runners And Riders

Jockey information is yet to be released, but we’ll update you with the latest Melbourne Cup news as soon as we can. For now, we’ve listed some of the other horses worth looking out for as the race approaches.

  • Avilius
  • Finche
  • Ghostwatch
  • Marmelo
  • Magic Circle
  • Sound Check
  • Torcedor
  • Amade
  • Almond Eye

Melbourne Cup 2019 Stats

As every horse racing bettor knows, it’s hard to predict the outcome of any race. There are, though, some statistics that could help you choose successful bets for Flemington Park.

Each of the last 15 winners has all won a Group Class race before. It’s a good idea to take a look at the lifetime records of each horse before you bet.

Judging by the last 15 winners, only six of them had enjoyed victory at Flemington Park before. 

Weather conditions could also prove crucial. As we discussed earlier, the rain-soaked day in Melbourne last year dealt a huge blow to many of the runners, particularly those who prefer to run on good ground. If it’s another rain-affected day, look at those horses who have proven success on soft ground.

For more information about the race, read our complete Melbourne Cup 2019 review.

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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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