Melbourne Cup Betting

2021 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #2 Incentivise
  • 3rd: #3 Spanish Mission
  • 4th: #22 Floating Artist

Click here to read more on the upset Melbourne Cup 2021 win by Verry Elleegant over beaten favourite Incentivise.

2021 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 18 57kg $18
2 2 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 4L 15 57kg 1.5kg $2.90F
3 3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Andrew Balding Craig Williams 4.4L 14 57kg $10
4 22 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 4.6L 10 50kg $11
5 6 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 10.6L 5 54kg $31
6 16 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 12.6L 20 52kg 1.0kg $15
7 7 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 13.35L 3 53.5kg 1.0kg $19
8 9 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Ron Stewart 13.45L 23 53.5kg $81
9 21 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 16.7L 12 51kg $21
10 19 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 17.2L 19 52kg $101
11 1 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 19.45L 2 58kg $13
12 17 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 21.45L 16 52kg $151
13 23 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Dee 21.85L 7 50kg $26
14 24 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 21.95L 17 50kg (cd 51kg) $26
15 5 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 23.2L 4 54kg $51
16 14 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 24.2L 6 52.5kg $91
17 15 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Ms Rachel King 24.6L 1 52.5kg $21
18 13 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Blaike McDougall 25.35L 8 52.5kg $101
19 11 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Daniel Stackhouse 25.65L 9 53kg $101
20 12 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 28.9L 11 53kg $31
21 18 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 33.15L 22 52kg $101
22 10 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 41.15L 21 53kg $91
23 8 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 53.15L 13 53.5kg $31
20 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Every spring Australian punters and horse racing fans around the world invest millions of dollars in the Melbourne Cup betting markets hoping for a big payoff!

While the 2021 Melbourne Cup isn’t run until Tuesday November 2, 2021, Melbourne Cup betting markets are open right now at bookies around the country including our favourite,

Futures Melbourne Cup betting is a great way to lock in juicy Melbourne Cup odds on the horses likely run in the 24-starter Melbourne Cup field when the iconic clash takes place at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

2021 Melbourne Cup Betting

Visit for the latest Melbourne Cup 2021 odds on the official 2021 Melbourne Cup Field once final acceptances close on Derby Day.

2021 Melbourne Cup Tips

Our insider Melbourne Cup 2021 Betting Tips will be updated below the week of the race so stay tuned for the spring stayers to back and sack in the two mile classic.


The Favourite: #2 Incentivise ($2.40 at time of publish) 

This horse is something special. He put the writing on the wall with the 12-length romp home in Brisbane’s Group 3 Tatt’s Cup in the winter and proved that was no fluke this prep winning three straight Group 1 races. He has been improving each run and was simply outstanding in the Caulfield Cup producing a bullish 3.5 length win from barrier 18. Brett Prebble is going just as good as this Peter Moody-trained star and the duo will need to produce a similar effort after drawing barrier 16. Moody knows what it feels like to be in the history books (Black Caviar!) and after Tuesday, it looks more than likely that this horse will too. BACK DON’T SACK!

The Danger: #1 Twilight Payment ($11 at time of publish) 

COVID and bad luck sees just two internationals make a bid at the ‘Loving Trophy’ this year and one of those is the reigning champion Twilight Payment. True he carries the 58kg top weight and will need to stay out of trouble early from barrier two, but this is far from a vintage edition of the Melbourne Cup. He has his third start in the event so is well-accustomed to Flemington and his lead-up form in Europe this time in has been excellent. Stays all day and has been carrying some big weights back home for some pretty big efforts. He led all-the-way to win last year and it takes a pretty special stayer to do that in a 24-horse two-mile race. Will Jye McNeil look to do the same this year? He’s from the right ownership team (Lloyd Williams chasing an eighth victory) but needs to make history as the first official nine-year-old Melbourne Cup winner. He’s a danger to do just that. BACK-TO-BACK IF INCENTIVISE FLOPS!

The Each Way Value: #21 Tralee Rose ($15 at time of publish) 

The Melbourne Cup history books are definitely against her winning, but nothing says this talented staying mare cannot run a place at a price come Tuesday. Symon Wilde’s five-year-old is the right age and pedigree to produce a huge run, she’s a daughter of Tavistock and they’re flying in the staying domain. Her Flemington record is outstanding (4:2-2-0) and she’s won up to 2800m. Her only two-mile test to date was in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup and she was far from disgraced running fourth at Morphettville with 55.5kg despite jumping odds-on favourite. She gets in on just 51kg on Tuesday and is drawn well in barrier 12. Has not finished out of the money this campaign and won the Geelong Cup as the punters’ pick last time out. Dean Holland stays on and she’s a better chance than her current price suggests. Rain comes? She can handle that too. CAN SURPRISE AT A PRICE!

The Best Roughie: #12 Persan ($26 at time of publish) 

Take out Incentivise and this is by far one of the weakest….we mean open!….Melbourne Cup fields in a long time. Enormous value to be had if you don’t think the favourite will win. Persan at 25/1 is one of those longer-priced chances that could catch a few of these napping. The record in the Victorian staying races of the Maher/Eustace stable is well documented and this horse has a good strike-rate at HQ (10:4-1-1). Fourth-up and fit, he was eye-catching at the same odds when third to Incentivise in the Caulfield Cup. Carried 53kg there and is in on the same weight for the rematch over further. Luke Currie rides from a favourable barrier 11 draw, the second most successful gate in recent history. He ran 2.4 lengths back fifth in the race last year and seems a forgotten threat 12 months on going just as well. EACH WAY ALL THE WAY!

View more on the Melbourne Cup Tips on our dedicated page giving your all the info to back the 2021 Melbourne Cup winner.

The count down is on until Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November and with the 24-starter Melbourne Cup field set to be released on Saturday, the Melbourne Cup tips are firming.

Early Melbourne Cup tips are usually dominated by dead-set stayers proven at 2400m – 3200m and any horses that ran well in the previous season’s Melbourne Cup results are usually high up Melbourne Cup betting and tipping pre-field.

As the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) approaches the Melbourne Cup tips start to focus on the lead-up form of the horses that season and their performances in lead-up races like the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m). Verry Elleegant (3rd in 2021) was the last Cox Plate graduate to back-up and win the Melbourne Cup.

International gallopers are also always a hot Melbourne Cup tip to take to the bookies with raiders boasting a strong recent history running in the Melbourne Cup trifecta.

2021 Melbourne Cup Betting

The fixed-win Melbourne Cup 2021 betting odds are available following the release of the official 24 starter Melbourne Cup Field on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

Melbourne Cup betting really starts to heat up closer to the Melbourne Cup Carnival starting with the Melbourne Cup nominations, which are taken in early September.

With each acceptance stage the Melbourne Cup betting markets and Melbourne Cup odds firm on the horses progressing towards the ‘race that stops a nation’.

In the early Melbourne Cup betting markets the only real bet types open are all-in prices where you back the horse you think will become the Melbourne Cup winner.

Then as the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field starts to become clearer, more and more Melbourne Cup betting odds and options become available at leading betting agencies like

Below we take a look at some of the different Melbourne Cup betting options that you will be able to get in on for the Melbourne Cup 2021.

Melbourne Cup Bets

The Melbourne Cup is the richest “two-mile” horse race in the world with prize money of more than AUD$7.75 million to be won in the 2021 Melbourne Cup. While that prize pool is certainly impressive, it does not compare to the size of the Melbourne Cup betting pools built as a result of punters all over the world placing one or multiple Melbourne Cup bets.

The Melbourne Cup invites one of the largest volumes of wagers for a horse race anywhere in the world and is without doubt biggest betting event on the Australian sports calendar. From the time betting opens to the last hour of the race, a constant stream of punters furiously plan the Melbourne Cup betting and make millions of dollars in bets.

Any punter with even the slightest interest in horse racing joins in the Melbourne Cup betting as the wager pool runs into millions of dollars.

Melbourne Cup Betting Options

There are many different Melbourne Cup betting options available for punters. If you are looking to make a wager for the upcoming Melbourne Cup, study each Melbourne Cup betting option and find the best possible odds for you. Melbourne Cup betting options include win bets, place bets, each-way bets, exactas, quinellas, trifectas, and more.

  • Win – Most Melbourne Cup betting is wagering on the winner. In a win bet, punters place a wager on the horse they think will win. The best odds for win bets are often found at online sports betting sites.
  • Place – Not as common in Melbourne Cup betting as a win bet, place bets are still popular for punters who want to minimise their risk. To win a place bet, your horse simply has to finish first, second or third.
  • Each-Way – The each-way bet is actually a win and a place bet on a particular horse, both bets of equal size. This is the ultimate Melbourne Cup betting option for people who want minimal risk. It doesn’t pay of particularly well, though, and most punter would be better off looking into box bets and other exotic betting options.

Melbourne Cup Exotic Bets

Experienced punters can try their luck at complex Melbourne Cup betting options such as quinellas and trifectas. These types of wagers require the punter to pick multiple winners at exactly the same order. Because of the complexity of these wagers, some of them are only available for selected Australian thoroughbred races like the Melbourne Cup.

Here are some of the most popular exotic wagers in the Melbourne Cup:

  • Melbourne Cup Quinella – A punter must pick predict the top two winners of the race in any order for the wager to win. Punters usually take the top two favourites when making these bets, but there are many other combinations that punters can choose from.
  • Box Quinella – Punters pick more than two horses to win first or second in the race. The more horses the punter selects in his “box”, the higher his chances of winning. In effect, a box quinella is just multiple quinella bets, but is an easier way to cover every combination of your preferred runners. These bets are easiest to make at an online betting sites, where you can quickly get help from support staff if you need it.
  • Melbourne Cup ExactaLike the quinella, punters must pick two horses to run first and second, but in exact finishing order. The exacta is harder to pick than a quinella, with the advantage that it pays out significantly better.
  • Box Exacta – Just as with the box quinella, the box exacta allows punters to choose a field of 2 or more horses, and it covers every exacta combination of those horses.
  • Melbourne Cup TrifectaPunters pick the first three finishers in exact order. It is quite an achievement to pick the Melbourne Cup Trifecta outright, so most punters go with a box trifecta instead.
  • Box Trifecta – Punters pick any number of horses from 3 to the field limit, and then cover every trifecta combination of those runners.
  • Melbourne Cup First Four – Punters pick the first four finishers in exact order. Again, getting this right is hard, so punters usually take this as a box bet.
  • Box First Four – Punters pick a number of horses from 4 to the field limit, and then cover every First Four combination of those horses.

Online sports betting websites and bookmakers provide Melbourne Cup betting odds so that punters around the world can wager without going to Flemington. For many punters, online betting is a good alternative to betting on the racetrack since they can make their wagers from the comfort of their own home and watch live results.

If you plan to do some  2021 Melbourne Cup betting of your own, we recommend joining as it offers fantastic odds and an easy-to-use betting interface.

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