2020 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips
Our 2020 Melbourne Cup betting tips will be updated after the final barrier draws have been completed. Below you can see our full write up and tips for the 2019 Melbourne Cup where we our top three picks took out the trifecta!
The Melbourne Cup – the biggest race of the year is just around the corner this Tuesday and the final field has been confirmed.
We have a runner-by-runner guide and Melbourne Cup 2019 tips this Tuesday, which will stop the nation once again.
24 of the world’s best stayers from Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand will compete for the $7 million Melbourne Cup prize purse at Flemington on November 5, 2019, and we have sorted through the form to find our best bets.
Our Melbourne Cup 2019 betting tips are below – we have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
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Melbourne Cup 2019 final field, barrier draw & odds
Melbourne Cup 2019 Best Bets
Il Paradiso @ $14 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Vow And Declare @ $12 Bet Now
A Prince of Arran @ $20 Bet Now
Melbourne Cup 2019 Runner-by-runner Guide
Cross Counter ($13) Bet Now
We can’t rule out the 2018 Melbourne Cup winner. He has been good since, racing against some of the best in European.
Drawing barrier five will ensure a good run throughout and although repeating in the Cup is tough, he’s good enough to do it.
Chance at the nice odds.
Mer De Glace ($6.50) Bet Now
Almost went as the best bet following his win the Caulfield Cup, but carrying weight in the Melbourne Cup is hard.
The Japanese breed them tough and we love this champion, but it’s tough to win the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup, especially with 56kg on his back.
Tough to leave him out but statistics are against him.
Master of Reality ($17) Bet Now
Scored a good fresh up win for Aidan O’Brien but has been safely held since.
There is good betting support after securing the inside draw but jockey Frankie Dettori doesn’t ride well in the Melbourne Cup.
For that reason, we’ll put him to the side.
Mirage Dancer ($31) Bet Now
Yet to run a bad race this season with a win and four consecutive placings coming into this.
Consistent type which could be a threat to the well-favoured runners in this field.
Big drifter in the betting so don’t discount him.
Southern France ($26) Bet Now
Another Maher/Eustace-trained runner which has been set for the Melbourne Cup.
Talented import which doesn’t win all that often but is rarely far away either.
Each-way chance given the right run.
Hunting Horn ($31) Bet Now
Gallant winner last time out and it could hold that form. Didn’t face an overly hard field, but we liked the way he hit the line.
Has the makings of winning a major race and we wouldn’t be ruling it out of calculations.
Latrobe ($23) Bet Now
This isn’t his first time down under and he didn’t show much the last time he was here.
Recent winner overseas but we don’t think he acclimatises well in Australia. For that reason, we can’t have him in our selections.
$23 is too short.
Mustajeer ($18) Bet Now
Doesn’t win all that often but you don’t need to in order to win the Melbourne Cup.
Has been respected in betting and Damien Oliver takes the ride. He had a great Derby Day and that confidence could spill over to Cup day.
Likely to run in the first half of the first at worse.
Rostropovich ($61) Bet Now
Big drifter from $26 to $61 and that’s a concern. He hasn’t quite found his best form in Australia and he has had plenty of chances.
Not going well enough to suggest and conditions won’t suit.
Twilight Payment ($71) Bet Now
Scored back-to-back wins earlier this year before running seventh last time out.
Has Hugh Bowman in the saddle but that’s where the positives stop. Long odds on offer and rightfully so.
Finche ($9.50) Bet Now
Single-figure odds at the moment but he should drift to double-figure odds come race day.
Has been running good against weaker fields this season and although he’s one of the best-performed runners in Australia, this is a harder task.
Chance but we don’t like his current odds.
Prince of Arran (Best Roughie – $20) Bet Now
Scored a gallant win to get back to the Melbourne Cup, where he ran so well last year.
Stays down in the weights which is key over this distance and we’re keen on his winning chances.
Handles all conditions and has been battle-hardened by recent racing.
Must include him here at $20.
Raymond Tusk ($15) Bet Now
Tough to get a line on this runner as he hasn’t competed against the same opposition as many of the others.
The $15 tells punters all they need to know. Include him in first-four options and follow any positive betting moves.
Downdraft ($17) Bet Now
Hard not to like this bloke. He scored a win in the Lexus Hotham Stakes to secure his spot in the field on Saturday.
He will be having his third run in nine days, which is a massive negative. However, it appears as though he just keeps running.
He’s a certain first-four inclusion.
Magic Wand ($23) Bet Now
Aidan O’Brien-trained runner which has been around the mark this season and wouldn’t need to improve much to win.
Only negative is that he hasn’t won for some time now, and we would have liked to have seen recent winning form.
Neufbosc ($151) Bet Now
Connections couldn’t decide whether or not to line him up and we think they made the wrong decision.
Form in Australia has been awful and he’ll need some sort of miracle to get close to them.
Sound ($91) Bet Now
Another runner which is taking up the place of a horse that could have offered something.
The former German runner has shown absolutely nothing since arriving in Australia and only the weight is a positive.
Can’t see him winning.
Surprise Baby ($16) Bet Now
A top chance for the local runners. He scored a quality win coming into this and he’s one of the improving stayers in this field.
Is he up to Melbourne Cup quality this soon? Maybe not, but he will have a lot of supporters come race day.
Constantinople ($8.50) Bet Now
Looks well-placed with only 52.5kg on his back and his form down under has been very good.
One of the better-backed runners in the field and we can’t overlook his form, but we want better odds.
Consider if he gets out to double-figure odds. However, he should be on your ticket.
Il Paradiso (Best Bet – $14) Bet Now
What has the last two years told us? Back the European three-year-old runners down in the weights.
That’s exactly what Il Paradiso brings and we’re prepared to look past his form. He doesn’t have the best experience but neither did Cross Counter and Rekindling.
That didn’t stop them and Il Paradiso could be the next cab off the ranks.
Steel Prince ($71) Bet Now
Got into the Cup earlier this year when winning the Andrew Ramsden. Hasn’t won since but has been set for this race.
Drawn awkwardly but he’ll likely drop back and run home nicely.
Big odds on offer and he’s a blowout chance.
The Chosen One ($91) Bet Now
Ran home OK in the Hotham Stakes but not good enough for us. Has battled since winning earlier this preparation.
Unlikely to be a Kiwi winning this year.
Vow And Declare (Best Each Way – $12) Bet Now
The Aussie has been impressive this season and he’s a progressive stayer in the making.
Primed nicely when running second last time out and with only 52kg on his back, he should be figuring in the finish.
Don’t worry about the barrier draw as he’ll find a decent spot in running.
Youngstar ($41) Bet Now
Interesting that she even made the field. Showed form as a three-year-old but nothing since.
Can’t have her.
Melbourne Cup History
The Melbourne Cup is the biggest and most popular thoroughbred race in Australia and is considered “the race that stops a nation”.
Held on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington, the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is the premier staying race in Australia and features among the highest-ranked races anywhere in the world.
It’s the feature race during the Melbourne spring carnival which includes a four-day Cup week carnival. The Melbourne Cup is held on the second day of the carnival in between Derby day (Saturday) and Oaks day (Thursday).
Held over 3200m (two miles) the Melbourne is truly an international contest, so much so that the majority of entrants in the modern day are either bred in Europe, Japan or New Zealand – as opposed to Australia.
What makes the Melbourne Cup even more grand is the atmosphere at Flemington on race day. There is a thrilling vide between the casual punters, the more serious punters and those on track which have never seen a horse in their life.
The Cup brings them all together to enjoy a great race and it’s easily the most money spent on one race in Australia.
Melbourne Cup betting markets
Every bookmaker we recommend has betting on the Melbourne Cup.
Markets open for the Melbourne Cup just hours after the running of the previous edition, so there’s no time lost if punters want to get stuck into the action.
Bookmakers provide an all-in market 12 months out from the race, but offer fixed win, fixed place and a range of exotic bets when the field is narrowed down.
Punters often get great value when betting into Melbourne Cup markets because the betting pools are the biggest of the year. The bigger the betting pool the better odds you will get.
Melbourne Cup betting strategies
Punters never really know what the Melbourne Cup is going to throw at them, but favourite punters have had good success in recent years.
The favourite in the Melbourne Cup doesn’t often pay odds-on – in fact the favouritism usually fluctuates around the $5-$6 mark which is great value.
Because of the extreme staying distance of the race, punters have found that they can put a line through most of the field that won’t see out the distance, making punting on the Cup more appealing to both recreational and professional punters.
Melbourne Cup field
The Melbourne Cup field consists of 24 horses and no emergencies. If a runner is scratched then there is no replacement runner to make up the field.
The field consists of horses that have qualified with various results. Some runners qualify because of their good race record at the top level (wins, prize money etc) and some have to qualify by winning a qualifying race.
The winner of the following races is exempt from ballot into the Melbourne Cup:
Doncaster Cup (UK)
Irish St. Leger (UK)
Tenno Sho (Japan)
Sankei Sho All Comers (Japan)
Arlington Million (USA)
San Juan Capistrano Handicap (USA)
Australian Stayers Challenge
When does the Melbourne Cup barrier draw take place?
The Melbourne Cup can be won and lost at the barrier draw so it’s taken very seriously and it concludes at around 5:30pm after the races on Derby Day.
It’s one of the most exciting aspects of Cup week where connections test their luck to see what barrier their runner will jump from.
International horses in the Melbourne Cup
One of the hardest things to figure out when betting the Melbourne Cup is the form of the international horses.
The Cup field has seen everything from New Zealand runners, Japan and even European hurdle jumpers, but they’re all in with a chance.
Punters should follow the betting when it comes to assessing the international runners. Do they have previous form in Australia? Will they handle the temperatures on a hot day in Melbourne?
One thing is for sure – the overseas contingent will see out the distance and that’s always a big positive when investing into this race.
Fashions on the field
We might not be able to bet on the fashion, but it’s an integral part of the Melbourne Cup culture.
The best dressed men and ladies compete for big prizes throughout the Cup carnival and it’s always good to attract the young crowd to the race.
Who are the best Melbourne Cup jockeys?
The best current jockeys to bet on are Damien Oliver and Kerrin McEvoy.
Oliver won the Melbourne Cup in 1995 aboard Doriemus, which was made famous by the recent passing of his brother.
He also won in 2002 when riding Media Puzzle to victory for European trainer Dermot Weld and again in 2013 when giving Gai Waterhouse her first Cup victory with Fiorente.
Kerrin McEvoy still has a baby face, but he won the Cup back in 2000 when riding New Zealand stayer Brew. The Michael Moroney-trained gelding was the lesser-fancied of his stable runners with Second Coming attracting big interest, but Brew caused the upset.
McEvoy was back at it in 2016 with Almandin. The European import gave owner Lloyd Willians yet another Melbourne Cup win in a tight tussle with the aptly-named Heartbreak City.
Who are the best Melbourne Cup trainers?
Robert Hickmott is one of the most successful current trainer in Melbourne Cup history.
The man who doesn’t speak to the media trains for Lloyd Williams and has won two of the last five Melbourne Cup races.
Lee Freedman has won five times – two with Makybe Diva and one with both Doriemus, Subzero and Tawrrific.
Neither trainer has a record like the great Bart Cummings, however, who trained a record of 12 winners, which will most likely never be beaten.
Notable Melbourne Cup records
Makybe Diva is the only horse to have won three Melbourne Cups and she did them consecutively.
The champion mare won in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and is considered one of the greatest champions of the Australian turf.
There have been four thoroughbreds to win the Cup on two occasions. Think Big (1974, 75), Rain Lover (1968, 69), Peter Pan (1932, 34) and Archer (1861, 62).
The quickest race time was recorded by Kingston Rule in 1990 when it ran 3.16.30 and the biggest winning margin was from Archer and Rain Lover which scorched the field by eight lengths.
Four horses have won at triple figure odds, with the most recent coming in 2015 when female jockey Michelle Payne won aboard Prince of Penzance.
The shortest priced winner was Phar Lap which won in 1930 paying $1.73.
Melbourne Cup FAQs
The Melbourne Cup is always run on the first Tuesday of November.
The Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. The scheduled start time for the race is 3:00PM AEDT.
No. New laws prevent Australian bookmakers from offering sign up incentives.