Melbourne Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.00 at Flemington, 6 November 2018
Late autumn each year sees the Victoria race track of Flemington play host to one of the most famous handicap races in the world. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for the renowned Melbourne Cup.
This 2m staying handicap was first run at Flemington back in 1861. Open to runners aged three and older, with more than AU$6 million in total prize money on offer this the richest handicap contest in the world, bar none.
Melbourne Cup 2018 Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Melbourne Cup Betting Offers
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Melbourne Cup Tips – 2018 Race Preview
This is arguably the best time of year for Australian horse racing fans. As spring gives way to summer there are a host of top class races which attract the very best horses from Down Under and even further afield. We’ve already had excellent renewals of the Everest and the Caulfield Cup and it’s now time for the biggest race of the lot, the Melbourne Cup.
The two mile handicap is known as ‘the race that stops a nation’ but its appeal is genuinely international and it’s British and Irish trained horses who dominate the top of the betting for the 2018 Melbourne Cup.
Gosden Ready to End Strong Year on a High
Aidan O’Brien has won many of the world’s great flat races as a trainer but has never claimed the Melbourne Cup. He watched on with a mixture of pride and frustration last year as his son, Joseph, claimed his biggest win as a trainer with Rekindling.
O’Brien senior has a solid string of options for this year’s Melbourne Cup including the favourite, Yucatan. The four-year-old has followed up some decent form in the UK and Ireland with an impressive win on his Australian debut but has been given a shocking draw out wide.
The draw plays a bigger part in decided the Melbourne Cup winner than you’d expect for a two mile race but the money keeps flooding in for Yucatan who is available at 21/4 with bet365. That probably accurately reflects his ability but is a little too short to get too excited about and a more tempting option is provided by Muntahaa.
John Gosden’s charge wasn’t seen on track as a two-year-old but the lack of experience relative to his peers didn’t hold Muntahaa back from developing into a quality performer at Group level. Unlike many of the international raiders in the Melbourne Cup, Muntahaa has not had a warm up performance in Australia. That concern is arguably overcome by his dominant win in the Ebor at York. A similar performance in another big field handicap could well secure connections the huge £2.3 million that goes to the winner and return nicely for Muntahaa’s backers at 10/1 with bet365.
Youngstar the Pick of the Home Challenge
Despite the number of internationally trained horses competing in the Melbourne Cup, there are still some highly competent horses for the home fans to get excited about. Of them all. Youngstar is the one who stands out at a generous 16/1 with BetVictor.
The four-year-old was never really a factor in the Caulfield Cup but pushed the mighty Winx closer than any other horse at Flemington before that. The main concern is the distance given that the 1m4f trip at Caulfield is the longest she’s contested. However, her breeding suggests she’ll be able to get two miles while the long straight should be play right into her hands given the speed that she’s shown when kicking for home.
There have been plenty of Melbourne Cup winners at 16/1 or bigger but an each way bet looks the safest play for Youngstar who could really come into her own on Tuesday.
Melbourne Cup Previous Winners
- 2017 – Rekindling – jockey Corey Brown, trainer JP O’Brien
- 2016 – Almandin – jockey Kerrin McEvoy, trainer Robert Kickmott
- 2015 – Prince of Penzance – jockey Michelle Payne, trainer Darren Weir
- 2014 – Protectionist – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Andreas Wöhler
- 2013 – Fiorente – jockey Damien Oliver, trainer Gai Waterhouse
- 2012 – Green Moon – jockey Brett Prebble, trainer Robert Hickmott
- 2011 – Dunaden – jockey Christophe Lemaire, trainer Mikel Delzangles
- 2010 – Americain – jockey Gérald Mossé, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre
- 2009 – Shocking – jockey Corey Brown, trainer Mark Kavanagh
- 2008 – Viewed – jockey Blake Shinn, trainer Bart Cummings
- 2007 – Efficient – jockey Michael Rodd, trainer Graeme Rogerson
- 2006 – Delta Blues – jockey Yasunari Iwata, trainer Katsuhiko Sumii
Melbourne Cup History
First run back in 1861, Australia’s most famous horse race – and one of the most recognised equine contests worldwide, up there with the Grand National and the Ascot Gold Cup – was the brainchild of one Frederick Standish. A lifelong bachelor, Standish was amongst other things the Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police Force and leaves this race as a lasting legacy to his love of horseracing.
The initial prize on offer was a sum of A$710 and a gold watch. With the Melbourne Cup Trophy itself now being worth over A$175,000 and the race offering over A$6.2 million in total prize money, this contest has grown to become the richest handicap and turf race in the World. Only the $10 million Dubai World Cup ranks higher amongst all races.
Being a handicap contest that attracts runners from the worldwide pool of staying handicappers, it takes a pretty special horse to win the race twice. Archer (1861,1862), Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968,1969) and Think Big (1974, 1975) therefore deserve special praise for recording famous doubles in the race. Most remarkable of all though is the Australian mare Makybe Diva. Initially unwanted at the sales Makybe Diva went on to become the first horse to win this race three times (2003,2004, and 2005), earning over A$14 million in her illustrious career.
It was not for nothing that Australian trainer Bart Cummings earned the nickname, the “Cups King”. Something of an Australian legend, Cummings won the Melbourne Cup on a remarkable 12 occasions, more than twice as many times as any other trainer in the history of the race.
Harry White was the man aboard Cummings winners in 1974, 1975 and 1979. Having also ridden George Hanlon’s Arwon to victory in 1978, White’s four wins put him level with Bobby Lewis as the most successful jockey in the biggest handicap race in the world.