Melbourne Cup

The 2020 Melbourne Cup takes place on Tuesday the 3rd of November 2020 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 $8 million prize pool. Read on for the latest Melbourne Cup news plus form guides, betting updates, the latest odds and more.

2020 Melbourne Cup Results

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

The Lexus 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 2020 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. That said, in 2019 the locally-trained Vow And Declare held off the raiders for a home town win!

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 2020 Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday November 3, 2020 at 3pm local time as Flemington Race 7. 

2020 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.


Surprise Baby
Russian Camelot
Verry Elleegant
King Of Leogrance
Master Of Wine
Dashing Willoughby

*Note: All-In Melbourne Cup 2020 odds are Top 10 only, correct as of 09/09/2020 post-nominations & weights and subject to change. 

When looking for the best Melbourne Cup 2020 odds, it is best to start early when the first nominations for the race come out. Online betting sites like 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.

2020 Melbourne Cup Field

The 2020 Melbourne Cup final acceptances closed at 4:30pm (local time) on Saturday October 31, 2020, 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 2020 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 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 winner of the Lexus Stakes – registered as the Hotham Handicap – capable of pushing out the horses sitting 24th on the Melbourne Cup ballot if they are further down the order of entry.

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 bonus if it can win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Mackinnon 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 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.

2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Melbourne Cup first acceptances close in early October and can be viewed on our Melbourne Cup field page.

2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2020 Melbourne Cup nominations closed on Tuesday August 27, 2020 attracting 177 stayers including 30 international raiders and 25 Group 1 winners led by the defending champion Vow And Declare.

Click here to read more about the key 2020 Melbourne Cup nominations and international raiders.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Weights  were then declared on Tuesday September 8, 2020 with Aidan O’Brien’s Irish galloper Anthony Van Dyck the sole 58.5kg topweight, while a trio of horses have 57kg including last year’s champion Vow And Declare.

Click here to read more on the official Melbourne Cup 2020 weights. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 120330x25x ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1 58.5kg 1
2 47x54533x4 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2 57kg 2.5
3 3x2301x32x SOVEREIGN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 3 57kg 2.5
4 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 4 57kg 2.5
5 3354x6221x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien 5 56kg 3.5
6 1107x3141x TELECASTER (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 6 56kg 3.5
7 61x421x90x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 7 55.5kg 4
8 x44x2x222x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 55.5kg 4
9 x70x7x211x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien 9 55.5kg 4
10 52112x216x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 10 55kg 4.5
11 0x03643x7x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 55kg 4.5
12 60x1225x0x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 12 55kg 4.5
13 2104xPx72x STRATUM (GB) G 8 William Mullins 13 55kg 4.5
14 0x42212x1x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 14 55kg 3
15 14579x114x DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding 15 54.5kg 5
16 34x51257x3 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 16 54.5kg 5
17 1x1211111x NANCHO (GER) G 6 Anthony Cummings 17 54.5kg 5
18 120x3x36x3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes 18 54.5kg 5
19 4132x415x2 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 19 54.5kg 5
20 6x19x17x7x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 20 54.5kg 5
21 100x80x00x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 21 54kg 5.5
22 002x902x2x MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 22 54kg 5.5
23 2x21x1113x PATRICK SARSFIELD (FR) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 23 54kg 5.5
24 108x4x114x RED VERDON (USA) G 8 Ed Dunlop 24 54kg 5.5
25 2240x90x0x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 25 53.5kg 6
26 41x0x0680x DANCETERIA (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 26 53.5kg 6
27 0211x8x58x LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 27 53.5kg 6
28 311x114x0x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 28 53.5kg 6
29 x11126x11x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 29 53.5kg 6
30 2553x4x11x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 30 53.5kg 6
31 0x6613x50x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 31 53.5kg 6
32 1638x9145x EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) H 5 David O’Meara 32 53.5kg 6
33 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien 33 53.5kg 6
34 56x423115x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 34 53.5kg 4.5
35 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 35 53.5kg 3
36 5138x5138x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Fabrice Chappet 36 53.5kg 6
37 221x113x SANTIAGO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 37 53.5kg 3
38 950x38572x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 38 53.5kg 6
39 x895756x25 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 39 53kg 6.5
40 111x105x5x ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 40 53kg 5
41 1853x5x22x ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 41 53kg 6.5
42 58321023×6 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 42 53kg 6.5
43 21x755633x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 43 53kg 5
44 15x3010x5x DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 44 52.5kg 7
45 746416341x ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 52.5kg 5.5
46 16x7000x3x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 46 52.5kg 7
47 x410x4431x LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Hughie Morrison 47 52.5kg 7
48 11x151x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) H 4 Jean-Claude Rouget 48 52.5kg 4
49 111x451x SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Fabrice Chappet 49 52.5kg 7
50 11x4679x0x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 50 52.5kg 7
51 5313770x7x AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51 52kg 7.5
52 902x7691x8 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 52 52kg 7.5
53 22x0352x67 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 53 52kg 7.5
54 8221111×0 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 54 52kg 4.5
55 386x051x9x HAKY (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 55 52kg 7.5
56 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 56 52kg 6
57 11x3103x09 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 57 52kg 7.5
58 005x532x52 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 58 52kg 7.5
59 217x6x460x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 William Mullins 59 52kg 6
60 x4013x7x2x WEEKENDER (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 60 52kg 7.5
61 26x1122x80 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 61 52kg 6
62 1135x5021x FURRION (GB) G 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 62 51.5kg 8
63 0932148116 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 63 51.5kg 8
64 70504150×0 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 64 51.5kg 6.5
65 1x07511x0x OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 65 51.5kg 6.5
66 104x356x8x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 66 51.5kg 6.5
67 42x1x1311x AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 67 51kg 8.5
68 702x90411x AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68 51kg 8.5
69 x750x9084x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 69 51kg 8.5
70 12x122x33x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott 70 51kg 8.5
71 74x9748x0x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 71 51kg 8.5
72 112x3314x3 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 72 51kg 8.5
73 x72122107x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73 51kg 8.5
74 3411x84x4x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 74 51kg 5.5
75 331121x3x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 75 51kg 7
76 2239x2140x PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien 76 51kg 8.5
77 533499x00x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 77 51kg 8.5
78 009x43314x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 78 51kg 8.5
79 x622221x5x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 79 51kg 5.5
80 5310x39x0x WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80 51kg 8.5
81 36x953125x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 81 50.5kg 9
82 0218×01611 CREEDENCE G 6 Matt Cumani 82 50.5kg 9
83 0880x0830x GREY LION (IRE) G 9 Matthew Smith 83 50.5kg 9
84 x141x7811x LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84 50.5kg 9
85 31x7836x0x NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 85 50.5kg 9
86 1123x0011x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86 50.5kg 9
87 1x111x7x3x SCHABAU (GER) H 6 Robert Hickmott 87 50.5kg 9
88 x47740715x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 88 50.5kg 9
89 0x0684x9x5 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 89 50.5kg 9
90 21x214x7x6 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 7 Paul Preusker 90 50kg 9.5
91 552x00x48x ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) G 7 Paul Preusker 91 50kg 9.5
92 442944x33x ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees 92 50kg 8.5
93 854563×344 ALMANIA (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 93 50kg 9.5
94 21x AMERICAN WHISKEY (USA) H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94 50kg 9.5
95 x507x1925x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 95 50kg 9.5
96 11x6804x2x ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 96 50kg 9.5
97 x83807x91x BARADE (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 97 50kg 9.5
98 40044x410x BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98 50kg 9.5
99 15x97437x9 BENITOITE M 5 Clinton McDonald 99 50kg 9.5
100 17x1x3x15x BOLLEVILLE (IRE) M 5 Joseph O’Brien 100 50kg 8.5
101 1x334x221x CADRE DU NOIR (USA) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101 50kg 9.5
102 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 102 50kg 9.5
103 4152x14x CORMORANT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 103 50kg 9
104 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary & John Moore 104 50kg 9.5
105 11x1x00x0x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105 50kg 9.5
106 4x2313x DAWN PATROL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 106 50kg 9
107 4311x44x DEGRAVES (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 107 50kg 9.5
108 7x1111x DELPHI (IRE) H 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 108 50kg 7.5
109 21112x08x0 DJUKON (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 109 50kg 9.5
110 1311x1x DON’T DOUBT DORY G 4 Julien Welsh 110 50kg 9.5
111 71x154x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 4 Ed Walker 111 50kg 9
112 36x3113x6x ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 112 50kg 9
113 30xP36113x EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 113 50kg 9.5
114 109110383x FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 114 50kg 9.5
115 13x11514x FLASH AAH G 5 Mitchell Fry 115 50kg 9.5
116 3x07x6180x FRANKELY AWESOME M 5 Kris Lees 116 50kg 8.5
117 6351625×02 FUN FACT G 5 Bjorn Baker 117 50kg 9.5
118 9211x1253x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 118 50kg 9.5
119 6x1111x33x GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 119 50kg 9
120 x5559x864x GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 8 Bill Thurlow 120 50kg 8.5
121 957712432x GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes 121 50kg 9.5
122 3311114×8 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 122 50kg 9.5
123 2x2321113x HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 123 50kg 9.5
124 41206008x IMPACTFUL G 4 Chris Waller 124 50kg 9.5
125 10x38x311x IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 125 50kg 8
126 38x16x211x INVOLVED (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 126 50kg 9.5
127 2601168x0x JACK REGAN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 127 50kg 9.5
128 3x11445x61 JUST THINKIN’ G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 128 50kg 9.5
129 2x2113x50 KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 129 50kg 8.5
130 260x88119x KORCHO (GB) H 5 Kris Lees 130 50kg 9.5
131 760x85754x LATIN BEAT (IRE) G 7 Saab Hasan 131 50kg 9.5
132 0x3212x91x LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 132 50kg 9.5
133 633x632x48 MASAFF (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 133 50kg 9.5
134 30x887256x MIDTERM (GB) G 8 Michael & Luke Cerchi 134 50kg 9.5
135 1346x7x48x MILESTONE (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 135 50kg 9.5
136 223102185x MIRIMAR (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 136 50kg 9.5
137 x512x01x3x MIYAKE H 4 Chris Waller 137 50kg 9.5
138 6143x503x MYTHICAL (FR) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 138 50kg 9.5
139 7542230×64 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 139 50kg 9.5
140 141211x2x NIMALEE M 4 Matthew Smith 140 50kg 9.5
141 921x51x NOBEL PRIZE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 141 50kg 9.5
142 584287x80x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 142 50kg 9.5
143 5x347x ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 143 50kg 9.5
144 5627x2x22x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 144 50kg 9.5
145 2151711x0x OUT OF THE PARK (NZ) M 6 Henry Dwyer 145 50kg 9.5
146 685759105x PELONOMENA M 6 Michael Kent 146 50kg 9.5
147 x31211121x PERSAN H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 147 50kg 9.5
148 21x13611x REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 148 50kg 9.5
149 211x247x2x RIDER IN THE SNOW (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 149 50kg 9.5
150 28x376x69x RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 150 50kg 8
151 5x131615x ROYAL CROWN G 4 Michael Kent 151 50kg 9
152 3315x16x7 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Danny O’Brien 152 50kg 9.5
153 7x506x412x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 153 50kg 9.5
154 211x99x36x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 154 50kg 9.5
155 23311x282x SELINO (GB) G 5 James Fanshawe 155 50kg 9.5
156 1x22111x5x SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker 156 50kg 9.5
157 11210x1x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 157 50kg 9.5
158 932343342x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 8 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 158 50kg 9.5
159 3203344×70 SKELM G 6 Terry Kelly 159 50kg 9.5
160 1254x4563x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) H 4 John O’Shea 160 50kg 9.5
161 F1216x936x SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 161 50kg 9.5
162 81x4143x1x SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius 162 50kg 9.5
163 3x0752134x TAVIRUN (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 163 50kg 9.5
164 x34923x4x7 THE KING (IRE) G 6 Lindsey Smith 164 50kg 9.5
165 x241448x23 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 165 50kg 9.5
166 3x12x TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 166 50kg 7.5
167 6x0x23554x TINANDALI (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 167 50kg 9.5
168 1x1110x89x TORRENS H 4 Ethan Ensby 168 50kg 9.5
169 1x1x VOYAGE DE LUNE G 4 Saab Hasan 169 50kg 9.5
170 4x847255x9 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 170 50kg 9.5
171 1312x8x WYCLIF (GB) H 4 Danny O’Brien 171 50kg 9.5
172 x114319x3x YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 172 50kg 9.5
173 76P8x8x60x ZACADA (NZ) G 8 Jim & Greg Lee 173 50kg 9.5
174 522×144451 ZAMOSA (NZ) M 5 Mitchell Fry 174 50kg 9.5
175 2021x ALCYONE C 3 James Cummings 175 49kg 9.5
 Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on a Thursday in late August at midday, along with those for the Caulfield Cup.

Get a good look at the 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 Vow And Declare (21 of 24 in 2019), Cross Counter (19 in 2018), 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). Vow And Declare (2nd in 2019) was the last Melbourne Cup winner to come out of the Caulfield Cup.

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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Melbourne Cup form guide check out 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 2020 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 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 2020 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 2020 Melbourne Cup results will be known when the race runs on Tuesday November 3, 2020. 

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 2020 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 2020 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

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