Melbourne Cup Tips

2018 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips

Liam Howley’s HOMESMAN ran a blinder behind Best Solution in the Caulfield Cup. Ben Melham didn’t have to work too hard to grab a prominent position from an inside draw and tracked Best Solution’s move as the eventual winner kicked for home. Homesman matched Best Solution stride-for-stride, pulling upsides Pat Cosgrave’s mount at the 50m mark and was only denied victory on the bob of a head.

That was a career best display from the former Ballydoyle inmate over 12 furlongs, who’s best runs until then had come over shorter trips. Howley has been steadily stepping Homesman up in trip since he made the switch from Aidan O’Brien’s stable and he gained some valuable experience here at Flemington back in March, losing out by just two lengths in the Australia Cup.

Since then, Homesman has run in four Group Ones, winning the Underwood Stakes last month before crossing the line four lengths adrift of Benbatl in the Ladbrokes Stakes. Two miles is completely unknown territory for the Lloyd Williams-owned colt and his breeding doesn’t scream out stayer. Despite that, Homesman has been running well at a high level all season and will have the pace to capitalise should the Melbourne Cup become a tactical affair.

2018 Melbourne Cup Final Field

The draw for this year’s Melbourne Cup will be made on Saturday 3rd November, three days before the main event!

Melbourne Cup

For over one hundred and fifty years now the Melbourne Cup has been the most famous race for thoroughbreds in Australia. It’s a two mile race (or, to be exact, 3.2 kilometres as Australia fully adopted the metric system in 1972) for horses aged three years old and over.

The prize money for this cash-laden race now stands at A $7.3 million, which is around £4 million or $5.4 million, making the Melbourne Cup one of the richest horse races in the world.

The race that stops a nation

Although now twelve yards short of an official two mile race, the Melbourne Cup is still unofficially recognised as the richest ‘two mile’ handicap in the world. The prize money has practically doubled over the past twenty years, plus the winning owner gets to take home the historic Melbourne Cup itself, a trophy manufactured from 18-carat gold.

Flemington Racecourse

The Melbourne Cup is, understandably, run in Melbourne, at the Flemington Racecourse. This racecourse has been open since 1960, and hosts both flat and steeplechase races. It has a capacity of 120,000 spectators, and as well as the Melbourne Cup hosts the Victoria Derby and the Newmarket Handicap.

2017 Melbourne Cup Replay

Melbourne Cup – Past Winners

Makbye Diva – owned by Tony Dantic and trained by David Hall and Lee Freedman, is the only horse to have won the Melbourne Cup three times, doing so in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She retired in 2005 as the highest-ever earner in Australian racing history with A$14 million.

Three horses have won the race twice – Archer (1861, 1862), Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968, 1969) and Think Big (1974, 1979).

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