Melbourne Cup 2017
When is the 2017 Melbourne Cup?
The 2017 Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday the 7th of November at 3:00pm at the Flemington Racecourse.
About the Melbourne Cup
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.
2017 Melbourne Cup betting
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.
Early picks for the 2017 Melbourne Cup
Here is a full list of the early betting markets for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
You can find some good value if you pick early because there are a lot of factors that must be considered in the weeks, days and hours leading up to the big race, like form, the jockey who gets the ride, track conditions and barrier draw – just to name a few.
Our early picks for the 2017 Melbourne Cup are bolded in the table below. Those picks are Crocodile Rock, Egg Tart, and Plain Ceil.
The odds below are with Sportsbet.com.au. If you don’t have an account with Sportsbet, you can claim a $501 signup bonus* by clicking here or by clicking on the odds of the horse you’d like to bet on.
|Francis Of Assisi||$17|
|Order Of St George||$21|
|Wall Of Fire||$26|
|Who Shot Thebarman||$41|
|Sir Isaac Newton||$41|
|De Little Engine||$81|
|La Bella Diosa||$151|
|White Dollar Sign||$301|
General Melbourne Cup advice
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 when it comes to horse racing.
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:
- Lexus Stakes
- Mackinnon Stakes
- Cox Plate
- Caulfield Cup
- Bart Cummings
- 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
Melbourne Cup barrier draw
One of the most exciting aspects of Cup week is the Melbourne Cup barrier draw.
The connections test their luck at the conclusion of Derby day (the Saturday prior to the big race) to see what barrier their runner will jump from.
The race can be won and lost at the barrier draw so it’s taken very seriously and it concludes at around 5:30pm that night.
We highly recommend not placing a bet until the barrier draw has been released.
Assessing the international horses
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.
Melbourne Cup 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.
Best Melbourne Cup jockeys
The best current jockeys to bet on are Damien Oliver (left) and Kerrin McEvoy (right).
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.
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 (above), 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.