Melbourne Cup

The 2018 Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 6th November 2018 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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD
  • 4th: TBD



The Emirates Melbourne Cup 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 2018 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 2018 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 7th November at 3pm local time.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup Results (2017)

  • 1st: Rekindling (GB)
  • 2nd: Johannes Vermeer (IRE)
  • 3rd: Max Dynamite (FRA)
  • 4th: Big Duke (IRE)

2018 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 2018 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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup final acceptances close at 4:30pm (local time) on Saturday November 3, 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.

2018 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 2018 on our Melbourne Cup field page.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances closed on Monday October 31 and attracted 36 stayers including a dozen internationals led by Marmelo and Johannes Vermeer, both eye-catchers running sixth and third respectively in the Caulfield Cup. Upset Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time heads the latest Melbourne Cup ballot, while reigning champion Almandin remains favourite in all-in Melbourne Cup betting after the second acceptances.

Read more on the official Melbourne Cup 2017 Second Acceptances.

2018 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 2018 Melbourne Cup first acceptances close in early October and can be viewed on our Melbourne Cup field page.

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations closed on the Thursday in late August at midday, along with those for the Caulfield Cup.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 46x0022x4x ABDON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 82
2 1x55462x0x ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne
3 21x21x214x ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
4 843320x68x AL HARAM (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 83
5 5x0x92834x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman 109
6 2131222x ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
7 7x56164x5x AUVRAY (FR) G 8 Richard Freedman
8 1x3326x11x AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings
9 4112x0873x AZURO (FR) G 5 Darren Weir 75
10 x31311440x BEDFORD (NZ) G 5 Anthony Freedman 82
11 7x314461x BELGRAVIA (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 80
12 1x03438x7x BEST OF DAYS (GB) H 5 James Cummings
13 1x3195x11x BEST SOLUTION (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
14 5021443x0x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 107
15 1111x1160x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
16 1021x22x3x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
17 222x1x334x CALIBRATION (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 68
18 361x16246x CASTERTON (IRE) H 5 Andre Fabre
19 1x1x CHELKAR (FR) G 6 William Mullins
20 222x35113x CHEQUERED FLAG (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 87
21 15x211250x CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) H 5 Yoshito Yahagi
22 78x512433x CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
23 60x312561x COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller
24 5651111x0x CORDERO G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 95
25 26x1353x2x COUNT OCTAVE (GB) H 5 Andrew Balding
26 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 4 Charlie Appleby
27 71x735900x CULLINGWORTH (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 70
28 x6x10x246x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 497418x00x DANDY GENT G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 84
30 1x7x4x46x DANON ROMAN (JPN) H 5 Anthony Freedman 70
31 1x13714x3x D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 106
32 x0x250272x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
33 32321x3x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 5 David Elsworth
34 14x1331x1x DIVINE UNICORN (GB) G 5 Matthew Dunn
35 1x1x1x22x DOHA DREAM (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre
36 x332120x9x DOMED M 5 John P Thompson
37 54x217549x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 100
38 x3x15x533x DURETTO (GB) G 7 Andrew Balding
39 70x400521x EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 107
40 7x623x2x1x EMOTIONLESS (IRE) H 6 Charlie Appleby
41 4111251x7x ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 6 Matt Cumani 95
42 213x86x2x EXEMPLAR (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 85
43 313x655x1x FINCHE (GB) H 5 Andre Fabre
44 1x FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
45 361431105x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 6 Darren Weir
46 2x111x2x GAME STARTER (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
47 3x GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
48 128x11x0x GOLDEN AUTHORITY (NZ) G 5 Matt Cumani 73
49 3x1111x5x GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 106
50 21x020030x GUARDINI (FR) G 8 Darren Weir 95
51 321x1111x HAMADA (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
52 131x590x9x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 92
53 x900x6x60x HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) H 9 Anthony Freedman 98
54 510x71491x HARIPOUR (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 78
55 7x28167x0x HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
56 140x621x4x HARRISON (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 93
57 10x114209x HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 73
58 1x HERE AND NOW (GB) G 5 Ralph Beckett
59 19x31x0x1x HIGH BRIDGE (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
60 98x37x131x HIGHLAD G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
61 343x312x6x HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price 103
62 412153x16x HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 105
63 20x4184x8x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 116
64 1x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
65 213x HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
66 45x814533x IDAHO (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
67 331x03x ILWENDO (GER) H 5 Matthew Smith
68 x3620x402x INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith
69 5333x1x61x JAAMEH (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
70 2134x74x9x JAKE’S HILL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
71 311x68139x JON SNOW (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 110
72 369x00640x KELLSTORM (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir 81
73 41x329113x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
74 64x362x53x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley 89
75 1x11111x4x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 102
76 11x501211x LADIES FIRST (NZ) M 6 Allan Sharrock
77 3x1x LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE) M 7 William Mullins
78 4452622x1x LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
79 37x7311x3x LANGLEY (JPN) H 8 Darren Weir
80 2x22117x LATROBE (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
81 528x420x8x LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
82 920x93116x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 103
83 114x39770x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander
84 14x6110x4x LUVALUVA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent
85 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) G 7 Ian Williams
86 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) H 6 Hughie Morrison
87 81x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
88 6321x9957x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 87
89 45221x111x MATERIAL MAN G 7 Justin Warwick
90 36x004707x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 9 William Mullins
91 948x16313x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir
92 36164x0x0x MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 98
93 741x780x0x MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price 104
94 13323x0x MILSEAIN (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees
95 16116x MING (IRE) G 4 Joseph O’Brien
96 x419337x3x MISS ADMIRATION M 4 Mick Price 89
97 1x1327287x MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
98 11589x720x MR CLARIFY (NZ) G 6 Wayne Walters 84
99 4x57x15x8x MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 92
100 363x27314x MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings
101 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 6 John Gosden
102 2x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 6 Ger Lyons
103 x1x5x0057x NAKEETA (GB) G 8 Iain Jardine
104 0x8914228x NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
105 112x16356x NELSON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
106 6412141x2x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 91
107 1131119x4x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
108 8x6427x34x ODEON (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 98
109 72x203x60x ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 7 Chris Waller
110 7424x02x6x OPPOSITION (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
111 x2x115627x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 98
112 572333240x ORMITO (GER) G 6 Darren Weir
113 20x051121x OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) M 6 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
114 40x11x OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) M 5 Grahame Begg 68
115 3110328x2x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 104
116 1182x5134x PACODALI (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 102
117 3114656x6x PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
118 60x049632x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 7 John Wheeler
119 151330x00x PERIBSEN (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
120 11x824116x PIONEERTOWN (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 78
121 111x31x31x PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 97
122 13173x5x6x POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
123 16112x332x POUNAMU G 7 Alan Mathews 108
124 5x2188632x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 6 Charlie Fellowes
125 x9066x9x3x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
126 x11x5x0x0x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 108
127 1x1422225x RED VERDON (USA) H 6 Ed Dunlop
128 842512226x REZEALIENT G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
129 212x04331x RISING RED (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
130 332230x02x ROMANESQUE (IRE) H 6 Jarrod McLean 75
131 13x419225x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
132 x90231130x RUNAWAY R 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80
133 x2x38x947x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller
134 611212112x SELF SENSE G 8 David Brideoake 97
135 3361x8899x SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees 107
136 0x0x050x0x SHIMRANO (GER) G 7 Michael Hickmott
137 x4300x412x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
138 4x43462L1x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
139 420x22525x SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller
140 3314513x0x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
141 23x SIR CHAUVELIN (GB) G 7 Jim Goldie
142 31x691420x SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 95
143 750x55211x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 99
144 732x03705x SOLE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Hirofumi Toda
145 x251711x8x SOPRESSA M 4 Darren Weir 97
146 2144x1132x SOUND CHECK (GER) H 6 Peter Schiergen
147 3219155x9x STEPS (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 97
148 2x12x4310x STRATUM (GB) G 6 William Mullins
149 x11432x80x SULLY (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
150 SUPERNOVA (GB) H 4 David Simcock
151 126x SURREY G 6 Graeme Rogerson
152 51x SYDNEY BLUE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
153 0000x0076x TALL SHIP (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir 91
154 20116x00x TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 4 Anthony Freedman 68
155 1416400x0x THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
156 1x3x33855x THE PENTAGON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
157 2111x6241x THE STATESMAN (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 82
158 25041x8x7x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 107
159 131x THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
160 2x726x6x5x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 9 William Mullins
161 x70x47x25x TIBERIAN (FR) H 7 Alain Couetil
162 464521221x TIFFANY’S LASS M 5 Danny Laws 81
163 74x612825x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 77
164 5x22x0132x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 7 Andreas Wohler
165 8x72x3x56x TOSEN BASIL (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 109
166 1116x6321x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean 101
167 11x0121x6x UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller
168 8x3203860x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 101
169 110x81112x VALAC (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 78
170 998121x05x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 103
171 00x437829x VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
172 35x463144x VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
173 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
174 14x621x33x WALTON STREET (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
175 x22x132x2x WEEKENDER (GB) H 5 John Gosden
176 53x6830x4x WHEAL LEISURE M 5 Archie Alexander 84
177 4491x6731x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 10 Chris Waller
178 2121x31x1x WITHHOLD (GB) G 6 Roger Charlton
179 x94273214x WOLFE TONE (NZ) H 4 Francis Finnegan 62
180 46x4421x2x YOGI (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 94
181 54x311113x YOUNGSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
182 1x32x3x YUCATAN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
183 325158402x ZACADA (NZ) G 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

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 2018 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 2018 Melbourne Cup nominations and weights can also be viewed on the Melbourne Cup field page as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

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 2018 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 2018 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 . 

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 2018 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 2018 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.

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