THE Melbourne Cup is the one day on the racing calendar where the hardcore punter and the first-timer come together to enjoy the thoroughbred action and have a sneaky bet.
These days you don’t have to waste your time lining up at the pub, and if you sign up at an online bookmaker you can place your Cup punt from the couch.
If you’re new to the game, or just don’t know how to bet on the race that stops a nation you have come to the right place.
This mugs guide to betting on the Melbourne Cup will give you everything you need to make some cash on the world’s richest staying race.
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2018 Melbourne Cup Results & Dividends
|1st||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||$9||$4.40|
|2nd||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||$4.10|
|3rd||A Prince Of Arran||Charlie Fellows||Michael Walker||$7|
|4th||Finche||Chris Waller||Zac Purton|
2018 Melbourne Cup finishing order
|1||23||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||19||51kg||$15|
|2||9||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||1L||10||55kg||$12|
|3||17||A Prince Of Arran||Charlie Fellows||Michael Walker||3L||20||53kg||$23|
|4||13||Finche||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||3.5L||15||54kg||$26|
|5||24||Rostropovich||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||4.5L||21||51kg||$21|
|6||22||Youngstar||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||5.75L||21||51.5kg||$11|
|7||19||Sir Charles Road||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Oliver Peslier||8.25L||14||53kg||$126|
|8||1||Best Solution||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrove||8.75L||6||57.5kg||$16|
|9||5||Muntahaa||John Gosden||Jim Crowley||9.5L||13||55.5kg||$17|
|10||16||Ventura Storm||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Mark Zahra||11L||7||54.5kg||$31|
|11||11||Yucatan||Aidan O’Brien||James McDonald||11.75L||23||54.5kg||$6|
|12||18||Nakeeta||Iain Jardine||Regan Bayliss||11.85L||3||53kg||$81|
|13||18||Zacada||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||13.85L||20||53kg||$151|
|14||4||Chestnut Coat||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||16.1L||4||55.5kg||$71|
|15||15||Vengeur Masque||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Patrick Moloney||16.3L||2||54kg||$51|
|16||3||Magic Circle||Ian Williams||Corey Brown||19.55L||15||56kg||$7|
|17||7||Who Shot TheBarman||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||22.55L||17||55.5kg||$31|
|18||6||Sound Check||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||27.55L||16||51kg||$41|
|19||21||Runaway||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||28.05L||12||52kg||$81|
|20||8||Ace High||David Payne||Tye Angland||28.15L||22||55kg||$71|
|21||12||Auvray||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||68.15L||1||54kg||$81|
|22||10||Avilius||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||69.15L||11||54.5kg||$16|
|23||14||Red Cardinal||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||69.55L||5||54kg||$31|
|24||2||The Cliffsofmoher||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||DNF||9||56.5kg||$21|
- Below you’ll find the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup as of November 2, which gives you a rough guide to the 24 runners which will compete for the big one on Tuesday afternoon.
Order Horse/Trainer Age Weight $ Since Date Details Race Melbourne Cup ballot exempt horses as of 2 November, 2018 : 2 1 BEST SOULTION (IRE) (Saeed bin Suroor) 5 57.5 EXEMPT 20/10/2018 1st G1 2400m Caulfield Cup 2 AVILIUS (GB) (James Cummings) 5 54.5 (inc 1.5 pen) EXEMPT 06/10/2018 1st G3 2500m Bart Cummings Passed 2018 Melbourne Cup first ballot clause as of 2 November, 2018 : 41 3 ACE HIGH (David Payne) 4 55.0 $1,290,000 4/11/2017 1st G1 2500m VRC Derby 4 THECLIFFSOFMOHOR (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 56.5 $991,303 20/10/2018 3rd G1 2400m Caulfield Cup 5 MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) (Ian Williams) 7 56.0 $68,751 24/05/2018 1st G3 3240m Henry II Stakes UK 6 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) (Chris Waller) 10 55.5 $2,136,375 14/04/2018 1st G1 3200m Sydney Cup 7 TOSEN BASIL (JPN) (Darren Weir) 7 54.0 $850,087 10/12/2017 3rd G1 2400m Hong Kong Case HK 8 MUNTAHAA (IRE) (John Gosden) 6 55.5 $597,428 25/08/2018 1st Ebor 2800m Ebor Handicap UK 9 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) (Yoshito Yahagi) 5 55.5 $481,356 24/03/2018 2nd G2 2500m Nikkei Sho JPN 10 SOUND CHECK (GRE) (Michael Moroney) 6 55.5 $198,960 12/08/2018 2nd G1 2400m Grosser Preis von Berlin GER 11 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 4 51.0 $671,328 30/06/2018 2nd G1 2400m Irish Derby IRE 12 MARMELO (GB) (Hughie Morrison) 6 55.0 $459,796 14/07/2018 1st G2 2800m Prix de Maurice de Nieuil FR 13 CROSS COUNTER (GB) (Charlie Appleby) 4 51.0 $210,625 4/08/2018 1st G3 2414m Gordon Stakes UK 14 YOUNGSTAR (Chris Waller) 4 51.5 $497,361 26/05/2018 1st G1 2200m Queensland Oaks 15 YUCATAN (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 54.5 (inc 2.5kg pen) $249,724 14/10/2018 1st G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes 16 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) (Michael Moroney) 7 54.0 $430,500 11/11/2017 1st G3 2600m Queen Elizabeth Stakes 17 VENTURA STORM (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 54.0 $367,400 27/10/2018 1st G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup 18 RED CARDINAL (IRE) (Darren Weir) 7 54.0 $364,171 14/05/2017 1st G2 3200m Oleander-Rennen GER 19 AUVRAY (FR) (Richard Freedman) 8 54.0 $245,550 23/09/2017 1st G3 2400m Colin Stephens Quality 20 RED VERDON (USA) (Ed Dunlop) 6 54.0 $225,096 23/06/2018 2nd G2 2400m Hardwicke Stakes UK 21 FINCHE (GB) (Andre Fabre) 5 54.0 $113,007 5/08/2018 1st G3 2500m Prix du Reux FR 22 RUNAWAY (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott) 4 50.5 (inc 1.5kg pen) $394,300 24/10/2018 1st G3 2400m Geelong Cup 23 ZACADA (NZ) (Baker and Forsman) 6 53.0 $506,933 14/04/2018 2nd G1 3200m Sydney Cup 24 SIR CHARLES ROAD (O’Sullivan and Scott) 5 53.0 $487,354 7/04/2018 1st G2 2600m ATC Chairmans Hcp 25 NAKEETA (GB) (Iain Jardine) 8 53.0 $479,363 28/10/2017 5th G1 3200m Melbourne Cup 26 SOLE IMPACT (JPN) (Hirofumi Toda) 7 53.0 $391,760 17/02/2018 3rd G3 3400m Diamond Stakes JPN 27 MISS ADMIRATION (JPN) (Mick Price) 4 50.0 $182,000 22/09/2018 1st G3 2400m Colin Stephens Quality 28 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) (Charlie Fellows) 6 53.0 $155,662 14/10/2018 3rd G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes 29 LIBRAN (IRE) (Chris Waller) 8 53.0 $54,000 28/10/2017 2nd G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup 30 TRAP FOR FOOLS (Jarrod McLean) 5 53.0 $90,000 27/10/2018 2nd G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup 31 PRIZE MONEY (GB) (Saeed bin Suroor) 6 52.5 $625,389 4/03/2017 1st G2 2400m Dubai City of Gold UAE 32 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) (Darren Weir) 5 52.5 $405,125 25/10/2017 2nd G3 2400m Geelong Cup 33 LORD FANDANGO (GER) (Archie Alexander) 6 52.5 $405,125 14/10/2017 1st G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes 34 MEGABLAST (NZ) (Darren Weir) 6 52.5 $162,986 30/06/2018 1st LR 2400m Caloundra Cup 35 DAL HARRAILD (GB) (Maher and Eustace) 6 52.5 $119,263 14/07/2018 2nd G3 2780m Silver Cup UK 36 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) (Maher and Eustace) 6 52.5 $94,131 14/10/2017 2nd G2 2400m Herbert Power Handicap 37 PATRICK ERIN (Chris Waller) 7 52 (inc 2kg pen) $435,500 29/09/2018 2nd G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap 38 RISING RED (NZ) (Busuttin and Young) 5 51.0 $167,695 4/03/2017 2nd G1 2400m New Zealand Derby NZ 39 NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Waterhouse and Bott) 5 50.5 $154,000 24/10/2018 2nd G3 2400m Geelong Cup 40 BRIMHAM ROCKS (Chris Waller) 5 50.5 $213,000 29/09/2018 2nd G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap 41 YOGI (NZ) (Darren Weir) 6 50.0 $123,315 6/10/2018 3rd G3 2500m Bart Cummings 42 JAAMEH (GER) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 50.0 $54,000 1/06/2018 2nd G2 2500m Bart Cummings 43 MIDTERM (GB) (Liam Howley) 6 50.0 $36,834 20/05/2017 2nd G3 2400m Ascot Park Stakes UK
Where can I place a bet on the Melbourne Cup?
If you are like us, you have no interest in standing in line for hours on end just to get a chance to place a Melbourne Cup bet down at your local pub.
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When is the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup is always held on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse. In 2019 the race that stops a nation is on November 5.
Kicking off around 3.20pm AEDST, the Cup is usually the seventh race on the card.
Who is the 2019 Melbourne Cup favourite?
After winning the 2018 Melbourne Cup in sensational fashion, online bookmaker Sportsbet has installed the Godolphin runner as the $17 favourite.
The 2018 runner-up Marmelo is on the next line of betting at the $21 quote, while British pair Latrobe and Withhold are locked on the third line of betting ($26).
2018 Melbourne Cup result
What kind of bets can you place on the Melbourne Cup?
When it comes to betting on the horses the only real limitation these days is your own imagination.
Click on the drop boxes below to quickly catch-up on the most popular Melbourne Cup racing betting options:
If you are looking to place a bet on a single horse you have two options. If you place a win bet, you will get a winning return if your horse passes the winning post first.
A place bet will hand you a winning return if you horse finishes inside the top-three.
It is important to remember though, if you put on a place bet and your horse wins you will only get the place dividend, not the winning one.
- If you are looking at securing a higher dividend, a multiple bet option could be for you.
A Quinella or Exacta bet is picking the horses that finish first and second in the race. A quinella means they can be in any order and an exacta means they have to be in the exact order.
One of the more popular Melbourne Cup bets is a trifecta.
To get a winning trifecta return you have to pick the top-three horses in the race. You can elect to choose the horses in the correct finishing order, or do what is called a boxed trifecta which means any horses included can run in any order. Just remember, a boxed bet diminishes your dividend.
- Last of the big multiple bets you can place is a first four, which is self-explanatory. Much like the trifecta, you can pick your four runners to finish in the correct order, or you can box them up and not worry about the finishing positions.
- Another multiple bet that you can place is a quaddie, which includes other races being held that day. To have a winning return on a quaddie you need to pick the winners of the last four races on Melbourne Cup day, starting with race seven, which is the Melbourne Cup itself.
Each race you can put in as many horses as you want to win each ‘leg’, but any additional horse you add to each race subtracts from your overall return.
Are there other races I can bet upon on Melbourne Cup day?
Yes there is.
Melbourne Cup day is one of the busiest times of the year at Flemington, as a full ten race card that you can bet on suggests.
The first race on the card kicks off just before midday and the final race isn’t until close to 6pm AEDST, so there are plenty of opportunities to invest on that first Tuesday in November.
What else do you need to know before putting on your Melbourne Cup bet?
Outside of selecting your bet type, the rest is up to you.
Many first-timers like to choose a horse based on the jockeys silk colour, while others enjoy taking a look at the name of the horse and basing their bet on that. Often there are patterns and coincidences that seem to be reflected in race results of certain cups races, and the Melbourne Cup is no different. Read our guide on Melbourne Cup Statistics to get a better understanding of factors that can help you find The Cup winner.
If you are looking to make a more informed decision, the odds you get on each horse are a good indication. If a horse is paying less to win, it means in general there is a greater likelihood that elect will run well.
If you are looking to delve even further, you can read the form guide which bookmakers like BetEasy provide free of charge. Simply click or tap on your selected horse and you can see how it has gone in its most recent races.
Outside of that our advice is to have fun and enjoy what is the world’s greatest race.
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