Melbourne Cup

The 2017 Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 7st November 2017 at Flemington Racecourse at 3:00pm local time.

The 24 horse Melbourne Cup field features some of the best staying horses from Australia and around the world vying for the lucrative $6 million prize pool. Read on for the latest Melbourne Cup news plus form guides, betting updates, the latest odds and more.

Melbourne Cup News

2017 Melbourne Cup Weights: Order Of St George Top Kilos

2017 Melbourne Cup Weights: Order Of St George Top Kilos

Aidan O’Brien’s Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George has been allocated the 58kg top weight for the Melbourne Cup 2017, handicaps for which were announced by Racing Victoria today. The Galileo entire is one of 31 international raiders among the 140 official nominations heading towards a run in the iconic Group 1 $6.2…

The Emirates Melbourne Cup 2017 is the most important race on the Australian horse racing calendar. It isn’t called “The Race That Stops A Nation” for nothing – Australia really does come to a halt for an afternoon to watch the Melbourne Cup, which is the world’s richest handicap.

Held each year on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup is a real test of staying power. The Melbourne Cup is raced over a distance of 3200 metres, far longer than any other major event in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, so it is certainly not a race that is easy to prepare for. Two miles is the traditional cup race distance and few races in Australia are still contested over these meters.

Every year the Melbourne Cup captures the attention of race fans around the country and abroad. It has now become a truly international affair too with nearly half of the 2017 Melbourne Cup field being raiders trained outside of Australia and New Zealand. Each year the international raiders are well-fancied in the Melbourne Cup Odds as they are bred to go the distance.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the few remaining genuine, two-mile races held in Australia each year. The only other 3200m race at Flemington Racecourse is the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, while in New South Wales the Sydney Cup is the country’s other Group 1 over the distance. Australia isn’t known for breeding genuine stayers and that is one of the reasons why every year the Melbourne Cup field features more and more both internationally-bred and trained horses.

The race goes for roughly three and a half minutes with the Melbourne Cup race record held by the Bart Cummings-trained Kingston Rule who won in 3:16.30 minutes back in 1990.
The 2017 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 7th November at 3pm local time.

2017 Melbourne Cup Odds

The Melbourne Cup odds are open nearly all year round on the likely stayers set to line-up in the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday of November.

When looking for the best Melbourne Cup 2017 odds, it is best to start early when the first nominations for the race come out. Online betting sites like Ladbrokes.com.au put out early markets on the Melbourne Cup nominations and you can lock in generous prices on your early Melbourne Cup tips in these all-in markets.

If you prefer to leave your betting until later, then you can boost the lower Melbourne Cup odds you receive by taking exotic bets. The highest Melbourne Cup odds always entail an element of risk, but you will feel much better getting paid $1000 for a winning $5 bet than you would getting paid $6.50 just betting on a short Melbourne Cup favourite.

Recent Melbourne Cup history shows favourites have a poor record with the last to salute for the punters at the shortest Melbourne Cup starting price since Makybe Diva (2005) being Fiorente (2013).

The 2015 Melbourne Cup results showed that one of the longest-priced horses in that year’s Melbourne Cup odds was the one to back with Prince Of Penzance scoring an upset at $101.

For more information on analysing the odds as well as the latest odds on the Melbourne Cup, please visit our dedicated Melbourne Cup odds page.

2017 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field is released on Victoria Derby Day, run on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day, after the meeting’s racing action.

The Melbourne Cup final acceptances close at 4:30pm (local time) on Saturday November 4, with the field made public and published below soon after.

Already those in the know including the punters are predicting the likely Melbourne Cup field and keeping an eye on the updated Melbourne Cup ballot and order of entry is a good guide to what stayers will make the cut.

The last chance for stayers to make the Melbourne Cup final field is Derby Day’s Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m). The last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up off a run in the Lexus Stakes only three days before was Shocking (2009) who completed the double.

The Melbourne Cup field is restricted to 24 horses with no emergencies, but the race receives dozens more nominations in the lead up to the event. The final Melbourne Cup field for each year is released on the Saturday evening before the race, after the conclusion of Victoria Derby Day, and punters wait impatiently for this information each year as it allows them to lock in their final bets. Even still, many punters bide their time until the morning of the Melbourne Cup, just in case something gets scratched or odds improve.

Following the release of the Melbourne Cup field on Victoria Derby Day, which kicks off the four-meeting Melbourne Cup Carnival each year, the Melbourne Cup barrier draw is then released live form Flemington Racecourse.

The final acceptors then take their places at the track in three days’ time on Melbourne Cup Day for their shot at the major $3.6 million first prize on offer to the Melbourne Cup winner.

The horses that make up the Melbourne Cup field are decided based on a few different conditions, and lesser horses are balloted out based on prize money earned in the last two years, performance in specific lead up races, and handicap weight. Winners of a few select races are exempt from being balloted out, and these races include:

Horses jump from the barriers at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

  • Tenno Sho (spring)
  • Irish St. Leger
  • Lexus Stakes
  • Caulfield Cup
  • Cox Plate

Some of these are overseas races, and the balloting exemptions provided by wins in these events have drawn many incredible foreign race horses to the Melbourne Cup field in recent years. For larger foreign staying events the ballot exemption is more of an invitation extended to those talented horses to come and race in Australia’s most prestigious staying event.

The Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) runs at Flemington on Derby Day and offers a last chance for horses to sneak into the Melbourne Cup field.

There is always a tense wait as the predicted Melbourne Cup field takes shape the Saturday before the classic with the winne of the Lexus Stakes capable of pushing out the horses sitting 24th on the Melbourne Cup ballot if they are further down the order of entry.

Previously VRC Derby Day featured two races offering the winner a ballot free ride into the Melbourne Cup field. From 2016 however the old Mackinnon Stakes was moved to Emirates Stakes Day and run as the $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m), the weight-for-age clash no longer part of the Melbourne Cup lead-up.

The winner of the Melbourne Cup is invited by the Japanese Racing Association to compete in the following Spring Tenno Sho in Japan, with many expenses covered. If a horse is a final acceptor but is subsequently balloted out of the final field, it will win a $100,000 bonus if it can win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Emirates Stakes Day.

The link between the Melbourne Cup and Japan has been growing since the Japanese-trained stable mates Delta Blues and Pop Rock ran the Melbourne Cup quinella finishing first and second in the great race back in 2006.

That was one year after the three year reign of the magnificent mare Makybe Diva ended following her victories in 2003 – 2005.

Makybe Diva remains the only triple Melbourne Cup winner in history with jockey Glen Boss riding her to victory in all three of her successes.

For the current race field and more on how it is decided, please visit our Melbourne Cup field page.

Melbourne Cup Race Time

Every year the Melbourne Cup runs at the same time, 3:00pm in Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November. Here are the start times for when the Melbourne Cup will jump around the country. Don’t miss out on the ‘race that stops a nation’ by checking the Melbourne Cup start time in your state.

  • Melbourne: 3:00pm
  • Sydney: 3:00pm
  • Brisbane: 2:00pm
  • Adelaide: 2:30pm
  • Perth: 12:00pm
  • Canberra: 3:00pm
  • Hobart: 3:00pm
  • Darwin: 1:30pm

Wherever you are in the country, make sure you schedule a few minutes aside to watch the spectacle that is the Melbourne Cup. And don’t forget to head to a trusted Melbourne Cup betting agency like Ladbrokes.com.au to back your favourite to join the list of Melbourne Cup winners before race jumps!

As well as holding the same start time, the Melbourne Cup race number remains the same each Cup Day – Flemington Race 7. Many people have their once-a-year bet on the Melbourne Cup results so when you want to place your bets, remember it is Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT) on the first Tuesday of November.

Interestingly, the Melbourne Cup is the only Group 1 race on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule. There are still plenty of other exciting support races on the Melbourne Cup Day card so why not enjoy a full day of Melbourne Cup betting!

There are more choices now than ever before when it comes to Melbourne Cup betting.

Whether you are a once a year punter picking the Melbourne Cup winner based on a gut feeling or lucky number, a seasoned professional taking advantage of the generous Melbourne Cup odds available at the online bookmakers or you just pick a horse in your office Melbourne Cup sweep – there really is a way for everyone to get in on this iconic race.

2017 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup second acceptances are the second round of declarations taken the Monday before the final field is released on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day. The Melbourne Cup second acceptances stage is the final step in the process before the announcement of the final field on Victoria Derby Day and traditionally attract around 30 – 40 hopefuls.

View the official Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances 2017 on our Melbourne Cup field page.

2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

Melbourne Cup first acceptances are the first round of declarations helping narrow down the original bumper crop of nominees for the classic ahead of the official Melbourne Cup final field of 24 being released on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday October 10, 2017 can be viewed on our Melbourne Cup field page.

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 1234×21211 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien 1 58kg 1.5
2 23x2822x1x HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2 57.5kg 2
3 x665111x2x ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 3 56.5kg 3
4 39x260x34x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 4 56kg 3.5
5 x42212x68x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 5 56kg 3.5
6 46x2171x5x ALBERT (JPN) H 7 Noriyuki Hori 6 55.5kg 4
7 181x37x01x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 7 55.5kg 4
8 12x3361x8x SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 8 55.5kg 4
9 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil 9 55.5kg 4
10 13212x322x BARSANTI (IRE) G 6 Roger Varian 10 55kg 4.5
11 1x4011115x GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 11 55kg 3
12 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 12 55kg 4.5
13 2114x9066x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 13 55kg 4.5
14 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler 14 55kg 4.5
15 61x00x518x TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 55kg 4.5
16 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 16 54.5kg 5
17 3337311x6x JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 17 54.5kg 3.5
18 x11x330x9x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 18 54kg 5.5
19 0x46x11x8x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 19 54kg 5.5
20 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 54kg 5.5
21 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins 21 54kg 5.5
22 114407x5x8 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 22 54kg 5.5
23 1130x22x3x ST MICHEL (GB) H 5 Sir Mark Prescott 23 54kg 5.5
24 1211x12x9L STAR EXHIBIT G 6 Darren Weir 24 54kg 5.5
25 x37710x24x TALLY G 5 James Cummings 25 54kg 5.5
26 01121x5x7x VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 54kg 5.5
27 55x3642x9x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 27 54kg 5.5
28 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins 28 54kg 5.5
29 1121113×55 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 29 53.5kg 6
30 131x616x6x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 5 William Haggas 30 53.5kg 6
31 7x2357371x DYLAN MOUTH (IRE) H 7 Marco Botti 31 53.5kg 6
32 33x5126x6x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 32 53.5kg 4.5
33 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 33 53.5kg 6
34 9210x71x0x ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 34 53kg 6.5
35 1x37301x3x CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 35 53kg 6.5
36 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 36 53kg 6.5
37 80x621x02x GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 37 53kg 6.5
38 2x8746Px6x LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 38 53kg 6.5
39 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine 39 53kg 6.5
40 22x141x40x QEWY (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 40 53kg 6.5
41 1642x6574x RED VERDON (USA) H 5 Ed Dunlop 41 53kg 6.5
42 0312612x0x SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 42 53kg 5
43 1x212411x1 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 43 53kg 6.5
44 11x333233x TRAVELLING MAN (GB) G 5 Freddy Head 44 53kg 6.5
45 11x6248x2x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer 45 53kg 6.5
46 771135104x ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 7 Stuart Webb 46 52.5kg 7
47 2x1240x54x ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 47 52.5kg 7
48 45x12x323x APILOBAR (FR) H 5 Markus & Stephanie Nigge 48 52.5kg 7
49 x5P31111x1 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 49 52.5kg 4
50 12652x577x HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 50 52.5kg 5.5
51 282x060x0x SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 51 52.5kg 5.5
52 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 52 52kg 7.5
53 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53 52kg 7.5
54 9P01712x7x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins 54 52kg 7.5
55 5x5174126x VOLATILE MIX (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir 55 52kg 6
56 1x6D130x9x YANKEE ROSE M 4 David Vandyke 56 52kg 4.5
57 11x8400x72 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 57 51.5kg 6.5
58 7x39x12x1x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 58 51.5kg 8
59 0x4231245x CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 8 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 59 51.5kg 8
60 31x11111x2 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 60 51.5kg 5
61 16151021×7 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 61 51.5kg 6.5
62 210x14012x REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 62 51.5kg 4
63 3x6905x22x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 63 51.5kg 8
64 1x4214x83x AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 64 51kg 7
65 384x386x5x HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 65 51kg 8.5
66 670x910x5x HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 66 51kg 7
67 027530x00x LASQUETI SPIRIT M 4 Lee Curtis 67 51kg 5.5
68 23116x243x NATURAL SCENERY (GB) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 68 51kg 7
69 86x315111x PACODALI (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 69 51kg 8.5
70 61x2150x7x WINNING STORY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 70 51kg 8.5
71 31x073x00x BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 71 50.5kg 9
72 228x8x017x DEE I CEE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 72 50.5kg 9
73 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 73 50.5kg 9
74 33946x140x HARRISON (GB) H 5 Mick Channon 74 50.5kg 9
75 624x42x32x KIDMENEVER (IRE) H 5 Charlie Appleby 75 50.5kg 9
76 5x2111x08x MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 76 50.5kg 6
77 9x97860x0x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 6 John Wheeler 77 50.5kg 9
78 5x137x822x RED GALILEO (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 78 50.5kg 9
79 1412x3x50x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Chris Waller 79 50.5kg 9
80 1451x1769x SWEET SELECTION (GB) M 6 Hughie Morrison 80 50.5kg 7.5
81 1214x4233x ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees 81 50kg 9.5
82 2634×54114 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 82 50kg 9.5
83 172233183x ANA ROYALE M 4 Stuart Webb 83 50kg 8
84 1x354965x4 ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 84 50kg 9.5
85 0x5008641x AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 85 50kg 9.5
86 1x65123x8x BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 86 50kg 9.5
87 2122612x5x CHARLES ROAD G 4 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 87 50kg 9.5
88 x89141355x CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 88 50kg 9.5
89 22x232521x CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 89 50kg 9.5
90 21x5338x1x COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller 90 50kg 8
91 5225223x5x COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 91 50kg 9.5
92 1x1x21x32x CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 92 50kg 9.5
93 23414x0x80 DARABAD (FR) G 5 Robbie Laing 93 50kg 9.5
94 8583x0800x DON DOREMO (NZ) G 7 Robbie Laing 94 50kg 9.5
95 9065227×37 ETYMOLOGY G 5 James Cummings 95 50kg 9.5
96 00x402611x EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon 96 50kg 9.5
97 184260x50x FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 97 50kg 9.5
98 4112132x7x FIRENZE M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 98 50kg 9.5
99 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 99 50kg 9.5
100 4121x3811x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 100 50kg 9.5
101 214x8x GAUGUIN (NZ) G 4 John Sargent 101 50kg 9.5
102 820x076x07 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 102 50kg 9.5
103 00x4131x59 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 103 50kg 9.5
104 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104 50kg 9
105 36x621x32x IMPOSING LASS (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 105 50kg 9.5
106 x9x1735111 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 106 50kg 9.5
107 8x2133x02x KHEZERABAD (FR) G 6 Aaron Purcell 107 50kg 9.5
108 x1164x362x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 108 50kg 9.5
109 1x75459x7x KINEMA (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109 50kg 9.5
110 41x122x25x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 110 50kg 9.5
111 21155x515x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander 111 50kg 9.5
112 9520449x0x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 112 50kg 9.5
113 213x00943x LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 113 50kg 9.5
114 000x0x770x MAGICOOL G 6 Tony Romeo 114 50kg 9.5
115 425x05070x MANAPINE G 6 Nigel Blackiston 115 50kg 9.5
116 44x306321x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 116 50kg 9.5
117 624x128x1x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley 117 50kg 9.5
118 1483×116 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 4 Darren Weir 118 50kg 9.5
119 24x431431x ONCIDIUM RULER G 6 Michael Kent 119 50kg 9.5
120 2x513x412x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 120 50kg 9.5
121 85x10x7x4x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) G 8 Charlie Appleby 121 50kg 9.5
122 x4x8038x9x PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 9 David Vandyke 122 50kg 9.5
123 14x4197x88 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 123 50kg 9.5
124 212x062x0x REGAL MONARCH (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 124 50kg 9.5
125 1x1380x00x RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 125 50kg 9.5
126 4124133x6x ROCK ON (NZ) G 5 Gary Vile 126 50kg 9.5
127 748x111x7x ROMAN SON G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 127 50kg 9.5
128 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 128 50kg 9.5
129 x12121123x SAYED (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 129 50kg 9.5
130 5336433×70 SETTLER’S STONE G 6 Troy Blacker 130 50kg 9.5
131 227x090x5x SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 131 50kg 9.5
132 12x41x750x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 5 Andreas Wohler 132 50kg 9.5
133 405142142x SUPER HAZE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 133 50kg 9.5
134 8x3114x TAIKOMOCHI G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 134 50kg 9.5
135 22x0121x6x TIME TO TEST G 7 Tony McEvoy 135 50kg 9.5
136 0702097x5x TRANSFER ALLOWANCE G 8 Peter Roche 136 50kg 9.5
137 241x32x11x UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 137 50kg 9.5
138 482x542x9x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 138 50kg 9.5
139 1513059x WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 139 50kg 9.5
140 168x21131x YOGI (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 140 50kg 9.5

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 29 at midday, along with those for the Caulfield Cup.

The Melbourne Cup truly is a global event, and horses from the great racing nations from around the world make the long journey to Australia to participate. The enormous range of nations represented in the Melbourne Cup nominations include Japan, Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, France and the USA.

Get a good look at the 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations, because the impressive amount of talent nominated for this year’s edition will surely make picking the winner a challenging task. Not long after, the Melbourne Cup weights are also released. First Declarations will be announced in early October. Second Declarations will occur in late October.

The final Melbourne Cup field will be declared on Victoria Derby Day.

Each year of Melbourne Cup nominations feature more international competitors than previous editions, the race being “internationalised” in 1993 when Dermot Weld won with Irish raider Vintage Crop.

Vintage Crop remains the only international from over 60 who have tried to win the Melbourne Cup first-up without a previous run down under proving that even if a horse is bred for the distance, having previous form in Australia is key to their chances.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations and weights can be viewed on the Melbourne Cup field page.

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will take place on Victoria Derby Day after the racing action on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup runs on the first Tuesday of November.

An interesting statistic that can affect betting is the 2017 Melbourne Cup barrier draw. While theoretically the distance of the race should make the Melbourne Cup barrier draw meaningless to the overall result, there have historically been a few barriers that have done particularly well and barriers that have performed poorly.

Every year the Melbourne Cup barrier draw is conducted live from the home of the great race, Flemington Racecourse, which is Victoria’s premier race track.

The Melbourne Cup barrier draw is an event in itself with the connections of the 24 horses engaged in the Melbourne Cup field invited up to select a gate for their runner to jump from the following Tuesday afternoon.

Barrier 11 is historically the most successful Melbourne Cup barrier producing seven wins over the years.

Other barriers with good numbers producing six winners each are five, 10 and 14.

Barrier 18 meanwhile is yet to produce a Melbourne Cup winner since the current starting system was introduced in 1925.

Most recently barrier five has been the best barrier producing back-to-back winners with Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013).

That said, the wider gates have not been a total disadvantage either with the three runners before that jumping from double figure barriers with Shocking (21 in 2009), Americain (11 in 2010), Dunaden (13 in 2011) and Protectionist (10 in 2014).

To find out all about how the barrier draw can affect your betting, be sure to read our Melbourne Cup barrier draw page.

Melbourne Cup Tips

Melbourne Cup tips are the most sought after set of racing predictions all year in Australia.

Early Melbourne Cup betting tips favour proven stayers that may have run in the previous year’s race or run well in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

International raiders making the trip to Flemington Racecourse to line-up in the Melbourne Cup field are also popular when it comes to Melbourne Cup tipping each spring.

The best Melbourne Cup tips can be found by following the link to our dedicated page.

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The Melbourne Cup form guide is a detailed run down of all the 24 horses making up that season’s Melbourne Cup field.

In the form guide for the Melbourne Cup punters will find all the must know information including: Melbourne Cup saddlecloth numbers, Melbourne Cup barriers, Melbourne Cup jockeys, Melbourne Cup trainers, lead-up form, weights, record at the track / distance as well as the winning percentages of all the Melbourne Cup horses.

Using the Melbourne Cup form guide and its facts / stats is the best way to predict the Melbourne Cup results.

For the best Melbourne Cup form guide check out Ladbrokes.com.au and see our dedicated Melbourne Cup form guide page.

Melbourne Cup History

Melbourne Cup history has been fascinating since the very first race in 1861, when Archer took the Melbourne Cup in a field of 17 horses. While Archer has the honour of being the first (and second) Melbourne Cup winner, he also retains the slowest time to date at 3:52.00. For years this was blamed on Archer travelling to the race by foot, but it has since been established that the legendary horse was transported by steam ship, so it appears the esteemed Melbourne Cup just wasn’t as competitive in the early days.

It didn’t take long for the Melbourne Cup to become one of the most popular races in Australia, and many of the race’s longest standing traditions began to form in the 1870s. For instance, the race began to be run on a Tuesday in 1875, and the first golden cup design of a Melbourne Cup trophy was used in 1876.

Commemorative stamp for the 100th Melbourne Cup in 1960 depicting Archer, winner of the first Melbourne Cup.

Throughout the early Melbourne Cup years, Etienne de Mestre was the most prominent trainer, with 5 of his horses winning from 1861 to 1878. However, he had a fierce rival in John Tait, who managed to train a Melbourne Cup winner 4 times in that same period.

The Melbourne Cup continued to grow throughout the late 1800s, and it was well established as the most important race in Australia by the time Mark Twain visited in 1895 and documented the unique character of the event. By this point, none could contest how central the Melbourne Cup had become to Australian culture – possibly the first Australian tradition that no one could deny.

More than a century later, with the 2010 Melbourne Cup marking the 150th running of the race, there have been many legendary horses that have contested the Cup. The most famous may be Phar Lap, who won in 1930, but other legends are Rain Lover, Think Big, Kingston Rule, Let’s Elope, Rogan Josh, and three-time winner Makybe Diva. Trainer Bart Cummings also belongs in any list of Melbourne Cup legends, as he has a dozen Melbourne Cup wins under his belt.

If you want to learn more about the legends of the Melbourne Cup, please visit our dedicated Melbourne Cup history section.

Melbourne Cup Facts and Statistics

2014 Melbourne Cup

2014 Melbourne Cup – 154th running of the Cup

In a race with as much history as the Melbourne Cup, you can bet that some fascinating records have been set. Here are some of the most interesting Melbourne Cup facts and statistics:

  • Most Wins – Horse: Makybe Diva, 3 wins (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Most Wins – Jockey: Bobby Lewis, 4 wins (1902, 1915, 1919, 1927); Harry White, 4 wins (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
  • Most Wins – Trainer: Bart Cummings, 12 wins (1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008)
  • Fastest Time: Kingston Rule, 3:16.30
  • Slowest Time: Archer, 3:52.00
  • Longest Odds Winners: The Pearl, Wotan and Old Rowley all at 100 to 1
  • Shortest Odds to Win: Phar Lap at 8/11 (about $0.73 or so)
  • Percentage of favourites to win: 23%
  • First woman to train a winner: Sheila Laxon with Ethereal in 2001

For more, please visit our Melbourne Cup facts and statistics page.

Melbourne Cup Betting

Australia is a nation of punters, and that is no more apparent when it comes to 2017 Melbourne Cup betting. Whether you are a dedicated racing fanatic or not, having a bet on the Melbourne Cup field on the first Tuesday of November is an Aussie tradition.

Everyone is keen to get in on the Melbourne Cup betting action on the famous Flemington Race 7 and Melbourne Cup sweeps are hugely popular.

Melbourne Cup betting is open at bookmakers around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au pretty much all year round. Futures Melbourne Cup betting odds on possible runners to line-up in the Melbourne Cup barriers come race day offer generous all-in pricing, while waiting for the official field to be announced on Derby Day offers more secure Melbourne Cup betting markets.

Exotic Melbourne Cup bet types like the Melbourne Cup quinella, trifecta and first four also give punters more than just the Melbourne Cup winner to invest in each spring.

For a full guide on betting and exotic bets, please visit our extensive Melbourne Cup betting section.

Melbourne Cup Trifecta

The  Melbourne Cup trifecta is one of the most popular Melbourne Cup betting markets and involves picking the first three over the line in correct order in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Not only do you have to predict which horse will join the prestigious list of Melbourne Cup winners, but you also have to successfully tip which two stayers will finish second and third in the official Melbourne Cup finishing order. That’s why a Melbourne Cup Box Trifecta is a popular option because it means your three horses can finish in any order and you still win.

To learn more about picking and placing a winning trifecta or box trifecta, please visit our Melbourne Cup trifecta page.

Melbourne Cup Quinella

Of all the exotic Melbourne Cup betting options, the quinella is the simplest. In a Melbourne Cup quinella, you must choose the first two finishers of the race, but the order they finish in does not matter.

This flexibility can be very helpful when there are two strong favourites in the race, as a Melbourne Cup quinella saves you from having to decide between two great horses when the statistics suggest it is an even race.

To learn all about making a winning quinella, please visit our Melbourne Cup quinella page.

Melbourne Cup Exacta

The Melbourne Cup exacta is a bit harder than the quinella, as it requires you to choose the first two finishers in exact order. It may seem odd that this is a popular Melbourne Cup betting option given the flexibility of the quinella, but a winning Melbourne Cup exacta pays out significantly better than a quinella.

As with the other less flexible exotic Melbourne Cup bets, many punters place a box exacta to cover multiple combinations of the first two finishers. This allows you to get the flexibility of the quinella at a higher cost, but with the massive payout of a Melbourne Cup exacta.

For more on placing a winning exacta, please read our Melbourne Cup exacta page.

Melbourne Cup First Four

The ultimate Melbourne Cup betting challenge is to correctly pick the Melbourne Cup First Four, and boy can it pay well. In a Melbourne Cup First Four bet, you must choose the first four finishers in correct order. It goes without saying that most punters go with a boxed Melbourne Cup First Four if they take on the challenge at all.

While a Melbourne Cup First Four bet pays off just extravagantly in years when the favourite wins, it will pay life changing sums of money any time a couple of outside chances finish in front. Forget 100 to 1 payouts – a correctly chosen Melbourne Cup First Four bet can payout hundreds of thousands of dollars per dollar wagered!

To learn more about placing a First Four bet, visit our Melbourne Cup First Four page.

Melbourne Cup Results

The Melbourne Cup results will be known when the race runs on . 

View the 2016 Melbourne Cup Results. 

Please see the Melbourne Cup Results page for all the past Melbourne Cup winners and placegetters in the two-mile classic.

Horses race to the finish line.

More often than not a roughie chance in Melbourne Cup betting gets up to dominate the Melbourne Cup results, including in 2015 when Prince Of Penzance ($101) saluted at triple-figures.

One of the most incredible Melbourne Cup results in recent years happened in 2006 when two Japanese trained horses took the first two places. Trainer Sumii Katsuhiko had the pleasure of being the first Japanese trainer to produce a Melbourne Cup winner in Delta Blues and also picked up the quinella at the same time with his horse Pop Rock.

The closest of all Melbourne Cup results was in 2011 when the French raider Dunaden only just held off Red Cadeaux in a photo finish.

Melbourne Cup Fashion

Ever since the beginning of the race, Melbourne Cup fashion has been a major part of the festivities at Flemington. While the focus on fashion started with women, in recent years the male attendees have been getting into Melbourne Cup fashion as well. To savvy up on the latest fashions, be sure to check out our Melbourne Cup fashion section.

Melbourne Cup Hats

One of the unique aspects of 2017 Melbourne Cup fashion is the focus on hats. Melbourne Cup hats tend to be a bit more flamboyant than day-to-day headwear, and the real stylistas have their Melbourne Cup hats custom made to really make a statement. To learn more about getting your own unique hat, please visit our Melbourne Cup hats page.

Melbourne Cup Fascinators

The most authentic Melbourne Cup fashion statement you can make is to wear a fascinator, as Melbourne Cup fascinators are one of the most striking features of the fashion scene at the Flemington Spring Carnival. You’ll want to visit a professional milliner for fascinators that really stand out, so check out our Melbourne Cup fascinators page for suggestions.

Women’s Race Wear

Women’s race wear at the Melbourne Cup changes every year, and it pays to read up on the latest fashions before putting an outfit together. From the dress to the shoes to the hat or fascinator, our women’s race wear page tells you all you need to know to make a splash at the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

Men’s Race Wear

Men’s race wear at the Melbourne Cup is a bit more timeless, but it is important to wear the right style and get your suit fitted properly. For tons of tips on men’s fashion for the Melbourne Cup, read our men’s race wear page.

Melbourne Cup Birdcage

The Melbourne Cup birdcage is the premium marquee area, where socialites and business leaders rub elbows while wearing the very best Melbourne Cup fashion. To learn more about the Melbourne Cup birdcage (and how you can get in) be sure to check out our dedicated page on the Melbourne Cup birdcage.

Melbourne Cup Design Award

Possibly the most important part of the Fashions on the Field events is the presentation of the Melbourne Cup Design Award. Celebrating the achievements of Australia’s top race wear designers, you can learn more about the Melbourne Cup Design Award on our info page.

Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch

The Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch is a major showcase of Melbourne Cup fashions, with people around Australia holding their own fashion functions when they cannot make it to Flemington or a local racecourse. To learn more about it, visit our Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch page.

Melbourne Cup Lunches & Events

Aside from the celebrations at Flemington, many Melbourne Cup lunches and events are held around the country on Cup day. The biggest events are held at racecourses and Turf Clubs around Australia, but most people just have a catered lunch at work or turn up to the pub to watch the race. For more information on organising fun events, please visit our Melbourne Cup lunches and events page.

Hotels in Melbourne

Aside from providing accommodation, many hotels in Melbourne also offer special events to entertain visitors to Melbourne. Visit our dedicated page on hotels in Melbourne to find out about special packages for staying near Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Melbourne Cup Restaurants

If you are in Melbourne and looking for a good restaurant to celebrate your Melbourne Cup winnings at, then check out our guide to Melbourne Cup restaurants! Covering many different kinds of cuisine, our guide will see you eating in style.

Melbourne Cup Tickets

It can be a bit tricky getting Melbourne Cup tickets, as the general admissions tend to sell out quickly once released. They also have conditions that you may not be aware of prior to purchase, as Flemington tends to keep ticketing for businesses restricted to marquees while general admissions are reserved for the public.

While getting Melbourne Cup tickets can sometimes seem like more of a challenge than picking the Melbourne Cup trifecta, it is easy enough if you simply know how the ticketing system works and which ticket types are restricted to VRC members. Please visit our Melbourne Cup tickets page to find out more!

Whatever you want to know about the Melbourne Cup and Melbourne Cup betting, you will be sure to find the information you need in one of our many Melbourne Cup pages. If you are simply looking for a place to bet on the Melbourne Cup, we recommend starting with Ladbrokes.com.au.