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It is known as the race that stops a nation — and while that may be the saying that now bores a nation, there’s no doubt that for five minutes, everything comes to a dramatic stand-still for the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s richest horse races and draws the best talent from around the globe to compete for the enormous prize money on offer.

The race has seen winners from Australia, Japan, Germany, England and Ireland and routinely draws an incredible audience both on track at Flemington racecourse and on television.

Traditionally Flemington will house close to 100,000 patrons on-course for the world’s most famous staying race, with a global audience of well over 700 million people expected to tune in.

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2019 Melbourne Cup order of entry

The Melbourne Cup order of entry ranks all nominated horses according to their results since February 1 of the previous year. All runners must meet certain criteria to make the list, while automatic entry can be gained by winning specified races such as The Bart Cummings, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

Order Horse/Trainer Age Weight $ Since 1/2/18 Date Details Race
Melbourne Cup ballot exempt horses as of October 5, 2019 : 2
1 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) (Anthony Freedman) 6 52.5 EXEMPT 25/5/2019 1st LR 2800m Andrew Ramsden Stakes
2 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) (Paul Preusker) 5 52.5 EXEMPT 05/10/2019 1st G3 2500m Bart Cummings
Passed 2019 Melbourne Cup first ballot clause as of October 5, 2019 : 78
3 CROSS COUNTER (GB) (Charlie Appleby) 5 57.5 $5,883,951 6/11/2018 1st G1 3200m Melbourne Cup
4 AVILIUS (GB) (James Cummings) 6 57.5 $1,080,700 30/3/2019 1st G1 2400m Tancred Stakes
5 MARMELO (GB) (Hughie Morrison) 7 56.0 $1,519,414 6/11/2018 2nd G1 3200m Melbourne Cup
6 HOMESMAN (USA) (Liam Howley) 6 56.0 $700,000 20/10/2018 2nd G1 2400m Caulfield Cup
7 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) (Maher and Eustace) 5 55.5 $498,472 16/08/2019 1st G3 2800m Ballycullen Stakes IRE
8 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) (Busuttin and Young) 6 55.5 $357,154 11/07/2019 2nd G2 2400m Princess of Wales’s Stakes UK
9 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) (Joseph O’Brien) 5 55.5 $172,128 20/06/2019 3rd G1 4000m Ascot Gold Cup UK
10 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 4 52.5 $133,962 21/08/2019 2nd G2 2400m Great Voltigeur Stakes UK
11 IL PARADISO (USA) (Aidan O’Brien) 4 52.5 $43,724 23/08/2019 3rd G2 3200m Lonsdale Cup UK
12 LATROBE (IRE) (Joseph O’Brien) 5 55.0 $1,568,319 30/06/2018 1st G1 2414m Irish Derby IRE
13 ANGEL OF TRUTH (Gwenda Markwell) 4 53.5 $1,297,500 6/04/2019 1st G1 2400m ATC Derby
14 MUSTAJEER (GB) (Kris Lees) 7 55.0 $1,143,942 24/08/2019 1st HCP 2800m Ebor Handicap UK
15 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 5 55.0 $871,328 30/06/2018 2nd G1 2400m Irish Derby IRE
16 ISPOLINI (GB) (Charlie Appleby) 5 55.0 $681,999 30/03/2019 2nd G2 3200m Dubai Gold Cup UAE
17 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) (Chris Waller) 4 52.0 $694,500 13/04/2019 1st G1 2400m ATC Oaks
18 MAGIC WAND (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 53.5 $679,338 16/09/2018 2nd G1 2400m Prix de Vermeille FR
19 HUNTING HORN (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 55.0 $570,315 30/03/2019 4th G1 2400m Dubai Cheema Classic USA
20 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) (Joseph O’Brien) 7 55.0 $320,208 28/06/2019 1st G2 2800m Curragh Cup IRE
21 TRAP FOR FOOLS (Jarrod McLean) 6 55.0 $90,000 27/10/2018 2nd G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup
22 YUCATAN (IRE) (Liam Howley) 6 54.5 $249,724 13/10/2018 1st G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes
23 MUNTAHAA (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 7 54.0 $539,054 25/08/2018 1st HCP 2800m Ebor Handicap UK
24 MR QUICKIE (Phillip Stokes) 4 52.5 $400,000 8/06/2019 1st G1 2400m Queensland Derby
25 FINCHE (GB) (Chris Waller) 6 53.0 $393,048 5/08/2018 1st G3 2500m Prix du Reux FR
26 QAFILA (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 4 51.0 $320,520 11/05/2019 1st G1 2500m South Australian Derby
27 RED VERDON (GB) (Ed Dunlop) 7 54.0 $252,754 13/07/2019 1st G3 2800m Silver Cup UK
28 RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) (Richard Hannon) 5 54.0 $245,101 21/10/2018 1st G2 2400m Gran Premio del Jockey Club ITY
29 GOLD MOUNT (GB) (Ian Williams) 7 54.0 $240,521 15/06/2019 1st LR 2780m Grand Cup UK
30 SHRAAOH (IRE) (Chris Waller) 7 53.5 $1,390,100 13/04/2019 1st G1 3200m Sydney Cup
31 GLORY DAYS (NZ) (Bill Thurlow) 7 52.0 $538,151 9/03/2019 1st G1 3200m Auckland Cup NZ
32 BIG DUKE (IRE) (Kris Lees) 8 53.5 $389,400 30/03/2019 2nd G1 2400m Tancred Stakes
33 YOUNGSTAR (Chris Waller) 5 52.0 $377,361 26/05/2018 1st G1 2200m Queensland Oaks
34 TORCEDOR (IRE) (Andreas Wohler) 8 53.5 $338,285 21/06/2018 3rd G1 4000m Ascot Gold Cup UK
35 NEUFBOSC (FR) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 5 53.5 $335,913 14/07/2018 2nd G1 2400m Prix de Paris FR
36 SOUND (GER) (Michael Moroney) 7 53.5 $248,489 12/08/2018 2nd G1 2400m Grosser Preis von Berlin GER
37 VOW AND DECLARE (Danny O’Brien) 4 52.0 $224,000 8/06/2019 2nd G1 2400m Queensland Derby
38 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) (Joseph O’Brien) 5 53.5 $136,135 16/08/2019 2nd G3 2800m Irish St Leger Trial IRE
39 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) (Charlie Fellowes) 7 53.0 $792,634 3/11/2018 1st G3 2500m Hotham Handicap
40 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) (Chris Waller) 6 53.0 $180,000 24/03/2018 1st LR 2400m Mornington Cup
41 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) (Chris Waller) 8 53.0 $435,500 29/09/2018 1st G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap
42 SCARLET DREAM (Mark Newnham) 4 50.0 $190,000 13/04/2019 2nd G1 2400m ATC Oaks
43 TRUE SELF (IRE) (Willie Mullins) 7 51.5 $116,402 8/05/2019 1st LR 2800m Tipple Stakes IRE
44 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) (William Haggas) 6 53.0 $12,631 13/07/2019 3rd G3 2800m Silver Cup UK
45 SIR CHARLES ROAD (O’Sullivan and Scott) 6 52.5 $409,664 7/04/2018 1st G2 2600m ATC Chairman’s Handicap
46 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) (Archie Alexander) 7 52.5 $296,200 6/04/2019 1st G2 2600m ATC Chairman’s Handicap
47 RED GALILEO (GB) (Saeed bin Suroor) 9 52.5 $410,265 28/02/2019 2nd G3 2800m Nad al Sheba Trophy UAE
48 DAL HARRAILD (GB) (Maher and Eustace) 7 52.5 $187,618 17/11/2018 2nd G2 2400m Zipping Classic
49 GREY LION (IRE) (Matthew Smith) 8 52.5 $74,000 8/06/2019 2nd G2 2400m Brisbane Cup
50 OUR CENTURY (IRE) (Kim Waugh) 9 52.5 $70,500 15/12/2018 1st LR 2400m Christmas Cup
51 HAKY (IRE) (John Hammond) 6 52.0 $48,109 18/08/2019 3rd G2 3000m Prix de Kergolay FR
52 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) (Chris Waller) 6 51.5 $267,000 29/09/2018 2nd G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap
53 ZACADA (NZ) (Baker and Forsman) 7 51.0 $397,743 14/04/2018 2nd G1 3200m Sydney Cup
54 SWEET THOMAS (GER) (Matthew Smith) 8 51.0 $53,854 16/09/2018 1st G3 2800m German St Leger GER
55 ETYMOLOGY (James Cummings) 7 50.5 $174,700 1/01/2019 1st LR 2800m Bagot Handicap
56 AZURO (FR) (Maher and Eustace) 6 50.5 $116,000 20/07/2019 1st LR 3200m Queensland Cup
57 BONDEIGER (Maher and Eustace) 8 50.0 $227,090 2/03/2019 1st G3 2600m Lord Reims Stakes
58 HUSH WRITER (JPN) (Waterhouse and Bott) 5 50.0 $98,503 1/06/2019 1st LR 2400m McKell Cup
59 VALAC (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 8 50.0 $76,800 18/05/2019 1st G3 2500m Queens Cup
60 SUPERNOVA (GB) (Team Hawkes) 5 50.0
61 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) (Michael Mooney) 6 50.0 $68,000 11/03/2019 2nd G2 3200m Adelaide Cup
62 SULLY (NZ) (Busuttin and Young) 5 50.0 $54,000 10/11/2018 2nd G3 2600m Queen Elizabeth Stakes
63 WOLFE (JPN) (Waterhouse and Bott) 5 50.0
64 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) (Liam Howley) 5 50.0 $42,314 23/10/2018 1st LR 2500m Prix de Vulcain FR
65 ATTENTION RUN (GER) (Kris Lees) 5 50.0
66 HUMIDOR (NZ) (Maher and Eustace) 7 56.0
67 MER DE GLACE (JPN) (Hisashi Shimizu) 5 55.0
68 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) (Baker and Forsman) 4 51.5
69 RED CARDINAL (IRE) (Kris Lees) 8 52.5
70 LORD FANDANGO (GER) (Archie Alexander) 7 51.0
71 ALFARRIS (FR) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 50.0
72 FAIRLIGHT (IRE) (Kris Lees) 5 50.0
73 HANG MAN (IRE) (Michael Moroney) 6 50.0
74 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS (Bryan Dais) 5 50.0
75 MASTER OF WINE (GER) (Team Hawkes) 5 50.0
76 SUPER TITUS (GB) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 50.0
77 TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) (Jamie Richards) 5 50.0
78 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) (Shaun Ritchie) 5 50.0
79 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) (Maher and Eustace) 7 50.0
80 JUST THINKIN’ (Waterhouse and Bott) 3 49.0

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How betting on the Melbourne Cup works

Betting on the Melbourne Cup works exactly the same as any other horse race. The key difference being there is a greater interest, which means there is much money spent and a fixed odds market that goes up almost instantaneously after the most recent Cup is run and won.

The win market is simply a return on the odds on offer for every dollar you put on. For instance, the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist paid $8.50 with Sportsbet fixed odds.

The Melbourne Cup The Melbourne Cup, Flemington Racecourse

This means punters smart enough to take those odds on the German horse would have received $8.50 for every dollar they invested – one lucky punter put on a 10,000 bet at fixed odds several weeks before the big race, netting him 85,000 dollars.

The $8.50 was a guaranteed dividend too because it was placed as a fixed odds bet, which means you get that price no matter how much the winning dividend fluctuates from when you placed your wager. The fixed odd market also extends to the place and quinella.

Fixed odds markets can be a lucrative way to place a Melbourne Cup bet, with astute punters able to get much better odds on a horse if they are able to identify a winner well before the race day fields are out.

As previously mentioned, the Melbourne Cup betting is unlike any other race in the world in that fixed odds markets will go up as soon the race has concluded, with typically the horse that took out the race opening as the favourite.

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Bet types on the Melbourne Cup

Let’s go through the most popular types of bets you can place on the Melbourne Cup. Click the drop boxes below to learn more about each one.

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Those wishing to make an investment on the race that stops a nation have a myriad of options when it comes to wagering their money. Aussies have a swag of freebets available to them although there restrictions on claiming them in some states.

One of Australia’s favourite online bookmakers Sportsbet.com.au have a heaps of options available for the big race, with fixed odds markets up and accessible several weeks in advance of the race itself.

The official wagering partner of Racing Victoria, BetEasy is investing heavily in making horse racing in Victoria the best it can be. Not just that, the BetEasy experience is one that a lot of punters are turning to, with top-tote and protest payouts, it is easy to see why Aussie punters are making the switch.

Melbourne Cup history

Every Australian is aware of the Melbourne Cup. Horses like the legendary Phar Lap, who won the 1930 Melbourne Cup, and Makybe Diva (who won three successive Cups) are given the same plaudits as our most famous sportsmen and women. The race is always run on the same day and is a public holiday in Victoria.

Read our Melbourne Cup Statistics and Facts guide to get a better understanding of the way the race has evolved over the years, and look at some of the quirky coincidences and results that have occurred.

The Melbourne Cup - Phar Lap The Legendary Phar Lap

At just after 3pm every on the first Tuesday in November Australia stops as the best stayers from Australia and overseas battle it out over 3200 metres. Kids are let out of school early, lagers flow and of course the on-course crowd exceeds 100,000 putting it right among the biggest race meets in the world.

Just how did the Melbourne Cup evolve into such a huge event?

A man by the name of Frederick Standish, who was a member of the Victorian Turf Club, is widely accepted as the man who created the Melbourne Cup, with it first run in 1861. On Thursday, November 7, 17 horses pounded the course for just over £700. It is believed to be one of the healthiest purses for a horse race at this time.

Archer won the inaugural cup and has ever since been a staple at trivia nights around the country, as the great race has grown into something Standish would fail to recognise.

A little known fact about the early days of the cup is the decision to give members of the club two ladies tickets for the Melbourne Cup, the thinking: “where women go, men will follow.” Perhaps this is why the Melbourne Cup has always been inclusive of the fairer sex.

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