The Annual Australian Melbourne Cup

Held annually in Australia, the Melbourne Cup is the cream of the crop as far as thoroughbred horseracing events are concerned.  The Melbourne Cup traditionally kicks off at 3pm in the afternoon on the first Tuesday in November.  A total of only 5 horses in the history of the race have won the Melbourne Cup more than once.  They are Peter Pan, Archer, Rain Lover, Think Big and Makybe Diva (Makybe Diva won the race a staggering total of 3 times).

A fact usually interesting to those who love matters of history, is that all sporting events were put on hold during the first and second world wars – all except for the Melbourne Cup.  The very first Melbourne Cup race was run in the year 1861, and the youngest jockey to ever have competed on the winning horse was all of 13 years of age.  Black, navy blue and red are the most popular colours as far as jockey attire is concerned.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest and richest race – with a prize pool that exceeds 1 million dollars.  For more information check out

Thoroughbred Horse Racing At Its Best

Horse racing dates back all the way to 4 500 B.C., and is contested the world over.  Thoroughbred horse racing is a matter of national pride in Australia, with the Melbourne Cup ranking among the top 5 horse racing events worldwide.

There are a number of insightful criteria used in order to determine whether a thoroughbred horse qualifies to compete in a horse racing betting event like the Melbourne Cup.  Next to the matter of breed, this mostly has to do with the age of the horse.  An interesting fact is that the date of birth for all thoroughbred horses is deemed to be the 1st of January of the year of foaling (year of birth).  A young horse is considered to be a foal for the entire first year of its life.

Horses competing in the Melbourne Cup are year years old, or older.  The race spans over 3200 metres, and is hosted by the Victoria Racing Club on the premises of the Flemington Race Course.  The minimum handicap weight of the horse is 50kg.

Locally bred horses are typically the stars of the day, with the first foreign horse to have won the race being one Comedy King, in 1910.

Melbourne Cup day is a public holiday for all involved who live and work in metropolitan Melbourne and some regions of Victoria.


The Melbourne Cup – Every Sports Bettor’s Dream

Punters love betting on horse racing, partly due to the fact that the sport lends itself to a wide variety of bet types.

The Win Bet – The simplest form of horse race betting: placing your bet on the horse expected to win the Melbourne Cup.

The Place Bet – A bet is placed on a horse expected to finish among the top three positions.

Each Way Bet – Equal amounts of money are placed on a horse for a win and a place.

Quinella Bet – A wager is placed on which horses a punter thinks will finish first and second.  The horses may then come in at any order.  Making an exact prediction will yield a higher return.

Exacta – Much like the Quinella Bet, the Exacta also aims to predict which horses will finish first and second.  The difference being that the Exacta prescribes that an exact prediction must be made as to who will be in first place and who will finish in the runner-up position.

Trifecta – The exact same type of bet as the Exacta Bet, but for the first three places, predicted in exact accurate order.

The Quadrella Bet (also known as a Quaddie) – This bet consists of picking the winners of four nominated races on the day of the race, including the final Melbourne Cup race.  The Quaddie is generally held to include the last four races on race day, and is a high favourite among bettors and bookmakers alike.

Fixed Odds / Futures Betting – Fixed odds betting offers set odds on various selections of the Melbourne Cup.  These types of bets may be made well in advance.

Keep in mind that different bet types suit the preferences of different players in a more effective way.  All players do not prefer the same betting types and styles, and it is up to the individual to make a decision concerning this.  Variety is the spice of life, and there is something for everyone.

Melbourne Cup Betting – Tips And Tricks

There are a number of basic tips and tricks favoured by regular bettors.  It would perhaps be befitting to discuss a number of the more unusual concepts that have proven to impose a large influence on race day outcomes.

The condition of the track – Often overlooked by bookies and bettors, the condition of the track is not something that should be ignored.  For the very simple reason that some horses prefer a track to be in a certain condition.  This goes as far as some horses preferring a dry track, whilst others prefer to run on a wet track, and are better at it too.

The matter of layoffs – A horse that hasn’t raced in the last 45 days is considered to be currently laid off.  The effect that layoffs have can also vary from one track to the next.  Tracks and events such as the Melbourne Cup, where strong contenders meet, can turn a winning horse that has been laid off for an extended period of time, into a losing horse.

Jockey and/or trainer change – Even though a jockey cannot make a horse perform better than its natural and trained capability, a jockey can ensure that a horse has a really bad race.  Some jockeys pair better with some horses than with others.  Its important to keep track of which jockeys performed historically well with which horses.  The same goes for trainers.  Any change in training or trainer can have a significant influence of a horse’s general performance.