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Melbourne Cup Betting Preview 2019

1. What is the Melbourne Cup?

2. When is the Melbourne Cup?

3. Melbourne Cup Tips

4. Melbourne Cup Odds

5. Melbourne Cup Offers

6. Melbourne Cup Favourites

7. Where to watch the Melbourne Cup?

What is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s premiere horse race and is the showpiece event of the annual Spring Racing Carnival held at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse. While a long time Australian cultural event (often referred to as the ‘Race that stops a nation’) with much of the state of Victoria enjoying a public holiday on the day of the race, the race has grown in international popularity in recent years with an increasing number of foreign horses entering the field.

The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861 with the inaugural winner Archer backing up and winning again in 1862. The 2019 running will be the 159th running of the race featuring an always competitive field. Last year’s winner Cross Counter returns looking to be the first to win back to back Cups since Makybe Diva’s threepeat in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

When is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup is traditionally run on the first Tuesday in November.

This year the race will be held at 3pm AEDT on November 5th. (4am  November 5th UK time)

The Melbourne Cup is raced on the 3200 metre course at Flemington Racecourse located in the inner west Melbourne suburb of Flemington.

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Melbourne Cup Tips

Studying the form we’ve unearthed two standout contenders to focus on. Always remember to shop around and seek out the best prices available on the day, betting with bookmakers offering enhanced places if you are going to bet each-way.

bettingexpert’s Top 2 selections for the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

All odds from bet365 as at 2pm UK time, October 31st 2019. Check bet365 for the latest updated odds.


Available at odds 11.00

Chris Waller’s 6-y-o ran a superb trial for this race when catching the eye in fifth behind Mer de Glace in the Caulfield Cup in October, and looks on a very lenient handicap mark for this contest.

He has attracted significant shrewd cash in the ante-post market in recent weeks, and seems sure to give the local crowd something to cheer about if enjoying any luck in running under his usual hold-up ride.

Prince Of Arran

Available at odds 17.00

Charlie Appleby’s high class performer qualified for this race with an impressive win last time out, and seems sure to be trained to the minute for this prize by his excellent trainer (has enjoyed a brilliant season again in the UK).

He has solid Group 1 form around the world, and is likely to get a positive ride with stamina for this trip well established in a long career.

Melbourne Cup Odds

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s richest horse races with bookmakers across the planet offering a deep menu of odds and markets. Melbourne Cup odds are typically posted months in advance of the race with many astute punters looking to get ahead of the market and invest their money early.

For most however, the Melbourne Cup is one of the few times a year that they will place a bet. Regardless of your level of involvement betting on Melbourne Cup odds are a great way to increase the excitement of the day. Whether it’s placing a win only bet, betting each way on a Melbourne Cup favourite or backing a trifecta, there’s many ways to bet on Melbourne Cup odds.

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Melbourne Cup Offers

Given the level of interest among both serious and casual punters, it’s no surprise to see bookmakers across Australia delivering a great menu of offers and promotions for the race.

To make the most of your Melbourne Cup betting, keep your eyes out for enhanced odds and bonus bet offers in the lead up to the race. Taking advantage of these offers can improve your betting returns, not just for the race but for the entire day’s racing.

Melbourne Cup Favourites

Who are the favourites to win this year’s Melbourne Cup? Let’s take a look at the top five contenders.

All odds from bet365 as at 2pm UK time, October 31st 2019. Check bet365 for the latest updated odds.


Odds 7.0

Owned and trained by some of the shrewdest performers in the game, this 4-y-o has been very popular in the market after finishing a very eye catching fourth behind Mer de Glace in the Caulfield Cup.

He did not enjoy much luck in running there under a patient ride, and is already proven stamina wise over this sapping two mile trip. Champion jockey Glen Boss will have to miss the ride on the favourite after he picked up a ban for careless riding, and the race for a replacement jockey is sure to be very competitive!

Mer De Glace

Odds 8.50

This progressive performer shot to favouritism for the Melbourne Cup after impressively landing the Group 1 handicap Caulfield Cup last time out, quickening up smartly having been ridden with supreme confidence from rear by Damian Lane.

He clearly comes into the big day in terrific form, but is significantly worse off with some rivals in behind on the revised weights and might have to settle for some place money now having rather shown his hand to the handicapper.

Vow and Declare

Odds 12.00

D T O’Brien’s 4-y-o is less exposed than many of these rivals in handicaps, and he posted a career best effort when chasing home Mer de Glace in the Caulfield Cup last time out.

He will be strongly fancied by many to reverse that form with perhaps a more positive ride on the cards, and the current price around 14/1 does look too big especially in relation to his old rival.

Cross Counter

Odds 13.00

Charlie Appleby’s globetrotter has a brilliant strike rate, winning 6 from 12 in his career so far, and has proved himself capable of staying marathon distances at a relatively young age (ran well in the 2m4f Ascot Gold Cup in June when beaten under two lengths by the top class Stradivarius).

He will relish a fast run race round here that seems guaranteed in a big field, and few will be finishing stronger if he can find some daylight up the straight late on as the pacemakers tire.

Surprise Baby

Odds 13.0

This proven performer comes into this valuable prize at the very top of his game, and has been well backed in the ante-market in recent weeks down to a solid 10/1 second favourite (warm each-way money from 16/1 when the market first went up).

He stays longer trips really well, and a positive ride is on the cards to put his proven stamina for two miles on the line when the chips are down up the long straight.

Where to watch the Melbourne Cup?

The 2019 Melbourne Cup will be broadcast live in Australia via the Ten Network with the complete coverage of the day’s racing. Coverage is expected to commence at 10am AEDT.

Australian residents will also be able to watch the race live via the Ten Network’s live streaming platform, TenPlay. Another option is to watch the race via while a number of bookmakers will provide live streams via their live betting platforms. Please consult your bookmaker’s live stream schedule and live streaming terms and conditions for full access details.

Learn more about live streaming on our bet365 live streaming review.

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