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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Australia's most famous race, known as the race that stops a nation, will take place on Tuesday 7 November, 2017, in its traditional date on the first Tuesday of November.

Flemington Racecourse attracts upwards of 110,000 to witness the Melbourne Cup live, while millions more around the world tune in to watch the race.

We provide you with Melbourne Cup tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information and how you can watch a live Melbourne Cup stream as the race unfolds.

Melbourne Cup Tips

Finding the Melbourne Cup winner is no easy task as Prince of Penzance proved in 2015 when winning at odds of 100/1. Our experts assess all the Melbourne Cup runners, form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help our 2017 Melbourne Cup tips to help you back the winner.

Some key pointers to consider are: 

  • Favourites don't have a great record
  • Being drawn high can affect a horse's chances
  • Six-year-olds have a great record in the Melbourne Cup
  • No horse older than eight has won the race
  • Internationals to have had a lead up run in Melbourne perform better than those who haven't
  • All winners since 2000 have had their last start in Australia prior to winning the cup
Read our Melbourne Cup tips and predictions for the winner at Flemington on November 7.

Melbourne Cup Odds

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes and CrownBet already have their 2017 Melbourne Cup betting odds available. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

Red Cardinal heads the early betting for the race with Admire Deus, Francis Of Assisi, Frontiersman, Ventura Storm and defending champion Almandin all prominent in the market at this stage.

There will be plenty of movements in the Melbourne Cup betting markets in the days and weeks leading up to the race as fancied runners complete their preparations during the earlier races in the Spring Carnival. Others will emerge as possible contenders after victories throughout October as the Melbourne Cup approaches.

Melbourne Cup Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Melbourne Cup will close on Tuesday, August 29, and will be followed by late nominations, weights and acceptances.

Melbourne Cup nominations and declarations

First Nominations – Tuesday, August 29 (midday)
Late Nominations – Tuesday, September 5 (midday)
Handicaps Declared – Tuesday, September 12 (midday)
First Declarations – Tuesday, October 10 (midday)
Second Declarations – Monday, October 30 (10:00am)
Final Declarations – Saturday, November 4 (4:30pm)

MELBOURNE CUP WEIGHTS

2017 Melbourne Cup Weights will be released on Tuesday, September 12 when we will get a clearer picture of which horses are likely to make the final field at Flemington.

Melbourne Cup Order of Entry

The 2017 Melbourne Cup order of entry is released in September following the first nominations, and we will get a clearer picture of the likely runners in the race and who will make the Melbourne Cup final field.

While the initial release of weights determines a rough ranking of horses according to ability, the ballot order, which is the entry ranking for the race, is determined by two factors. They are:

1) Whether the horse previously delivered a race performance which qualifies it for the Melbourne Cup (passing the ballot clause); and
2) The weight it has been allotted in relation to the weight it would be given in a weight-for-age race.

Melbourne Cup ballot exempt races

There are four races that give the winner automatic entry to the Melbourne Cup.

The Bart Cummings: The Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) is the first ballot exempt race to take place during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carniva and is held at Flemington Racecourse in early October.

Caulfield Cup: Winning the Caulfield Cup (2400m)is a double-edged sword as it gives the winner a ‘free pass’ to the Melbourne Cup but also leaves the horse open to being rehandicapped and having to carry more than its original weight in the Melbourne Cup.

Cox Plate: While only six horses have claimed the Cox Plate (2040m) before taking out the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate runners have a great record of running a big race on the first Tuesday of November.

The Lexus Stakes: A last chance for horses to make the final field in the Melbourne Cup comes via the Lexus Stakes (2500m). Held on Victoria Derby Day, just three days before the Melbourne Cup, the winner can sneak into the field at the last moment and shatter the hopes of those bordering on the cusp of the final field. 

Melbourne Cup Final Field

The 2017 Melbourne Cup final field is released on Saturday, November 4 after the completion of Victoria Derby Day, four days before the Melbourne Cup takes place.  

Although the majority of the field is known before this stage, the Lexus Stakes (2500m) offers one final opportunity for horses to gain entry to the Melbourne Cup. 

The Lexus Stakes is one of four ballot exempt races and gives the winner automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup which will be run three days later.

The final field is declared around 6:00pm on Saturday, with the all-important barrier draw to follow approximately one hour later.

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The 2017 Melbourne Cup barrier draw occurs on Saturday November 4 after the declaration of the final field. It is at this stage we discover which horses have drawn well in favourable gates and which have barriers to avoid. Our experts then crunch the numbers to come up with our 2017 Melbourne Cup betting tips.

2016 Melbourne Cup Runners

No.HorseTrainerJockeyWeightBarrier Draw
1Big OrangeMichael BellJamie Spencer57kg7
2Our IvanhoweLee & Anthony FreedmanDwayne Dunn57kg6
3Curren MiroticOsamu HirataTommy Berry 56.5kg18
4Bondi BeachAidan O'BrienRyan Moore56kg5
5ExosphericLee & Anthony FreedmanDamien Oliver56kg13
6HartnellJohn O'SheaJames McDonald56kg12
7Who Shot ThebarmanChris WallerHugh Bowman56kg20
8Wicklow BraveWilliam MullinsFrankie Dettori56kg24
9AlmoonqithDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigMichael Walker54.5kg19
10GallanteRobert HickmottBlake Shinn54.5kg2
11Grand MarshalChris WallerBen Melham54.5kg9
12JamekaCiaron MaherNicholas Hall54.5kg3
13Heartbreak CityTony MartinJoao Moreira54kg23
14Sir John HawkwoodJohn ThompsonBlake Spriggs54kg14
15Excess KnowledgeG Waterhouse & A BottVlad Duric53.5kg21
16Beautiful RomanceSaeed Bin SuroorDamian Lane52.5kg1
17AlmandinRobert HickmottKerrin McEvoy52kg17
18AssignRobert HickmottKatelyn Mallyon52kg22
19Grey LionMatt CumaniGlen Boss52kg16
20OceanographerCharlie ApplebyChad Schofield52kg11
21Secret NumberSaeed Bin SuroorStephen Baster52kg10
22PentathlonJohn WheelerMark Du Plessis51.5kg4
23QewyCharlie ApplebyCraig Williams51.5kg15
24Rose Of VirginiaLee & Shannon HopeBen Thompson51kg8

Melbourne Cup Horses

Which horses are running in the Melbourne Cup? And which of the runners will come out on top at Flemington? We provide a handy guide to the leading contenders for the Melbourne Cup and give our verdict on their chances of victory.

Entries for the iconic staying test will be declared in September, and from there, Racing Victoria’s handicapper will assess each entrant for a handicap which will determine its chances of qualifying for the final field of 24.

Horses can also qualify by achieving one of several ballot clauses or via one of five ballot exempt races. 

Melbourne Cup Live Stream

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Melbourne Cup (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races including the Melbourne Cup streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the Melbourne Cup live, see our guide to watch the race.

MELBOURNE CUP BET TYPES

Everyone has a flutter on the Melbourne Cup. But did you know there are many different ways to bet on the race than simply backing a horse to win? Whether you're staking a couple bucks on the race because you like a name or the colour of the jockey silks, or you've got a tip for the horse that will win at Flemington. Read our guide to the different Melbourne Cup bet types or see the rundown of some of the bets below.

SINGLE (Win and Each-Way): The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way, the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order. 

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order. 

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race.

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched before the final field is announced.

MELBOURNE CUP FREE BETS

The Melbourne Cup is awash with special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of Melbourne Cup free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are regularly available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

Melbourne Cup Tickets

More than 110,000 racegoers will be at Flemington to witness the 2017 Melbourne Cup. With admission only possible via pre-purchased ticket, secure your 2017 Melbourne Cup tickets early to avoid disappointment. There is no admission to Flemington on the day. 

General Admission: The most affordable option to attend the Melbourne Cup is by purchasing General Admission tickets. Racegoers will have access to all general public areas including the front lawn, Hill Square, Hill Stand level 1, the betting ring, Saintly Place and all public bars. 

Lawn Grandstand Reserved Seat: Conveniently located opposite the winning post, the Lawn Grandstand offers great views of the racecourse and Melbourne’s city skyline. The stand is uncovered and patrons are advised to prepare for weather conditions by bringing sunscreen, wet weather clothing etc.

The Precinct: Located adjacent to Flemington train station, The Precinct is a private outdoor ticketed area that does not overlook the racecourse but is a social hub with superscreen viewing of all the racing action as well as other amenities.

The Precinct + Lawn Stand Reserved Seat: A combination of the Lawn Grandstand and The Precinct offers a wide range of viewing and social options for those who like to get out and explore for the day.

Saintly Place Reserved Seat: For those who don’t wish to chance it with the weather, Saintly Place is an indoor, air-conditioned viewing area set behind glass. Located under the Lawn Stand, patrons may be required to stand in order to view the racing action.

Hospitality Packages: The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) offer a wide variety of hospitality packages that can be viewed in their 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival Corporate Hospitality ebrochure.

Melbourne Cup Race Time

What time does the Melbourne Cup start? The 2017 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday, 7 November, and we detail the schedule of the day, the race times for Flemington races and who will be singing the national anthem this year.

It is not only the Melbourne Cup, however, that represents the afternoon's racing entertainment. A total of 10 races are contested during the day, featuring two Group 3 contests and a whole host of other handicap and listed races. 

The opening race on Melbourne Cup Day is held at around 10.40am AEST with the finale at 5.15pm. The showpiece race itself, the Melbourne Cup, is contested traditionally at 3.00pm. 

Melbourne Cup Fashion

Melbourne Cup fashion is an important part of the day at Flemington. With competitions for the best dressed men and women, the activity off the track is as competitive as it is on the track. Get advice and what to wear, and what to avoid.

While the gents experiment with colourful suits, designer sunglasses and maybe a hat to match, the ladies have the arduous task of matching up dresses, shoes, fascinators or hats and clutches and handbags.

A homemade dress took first prize in the Myer Fashions on the Field in 2015, so before you spend a month’s wages or more on designer labels like Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana or Alex Perry, remember it is simplicity and elegance that counts most when taking on the fashion elite.

Melbourne Cup Weather

Will the sun shine or Melbourne Cup day or will an umbrella be needed? Not only will it affect what you wear, but it will also impact on which horses will perform best. Should you back a soft ground horse or one who likes it fast? We will provide the latest Melbourne Cup weather forecasts in the build up to the big day.

Melbourne Cup Winners & HISTORY

Some of Australia's most loved horses have etched their names into folklore by winning the Melbourne Cup - none more so than Makybe Diva, who became the first to achieve a hat-trick when winning between 2003-2005. Relive the best Melbourne Cup moments and see who we rated as the best Melbourne Cup winners of all time and see the Melbourne Cup results.

Melbourne Cup Winners (Since 2000)

2000Brew
2001Ethereal
2002Media Puzzle
2003Makybe Diva
2004Makybe Diva
2005Makybe Diva
2006Delta Blues
2007Efficient
2008Viewed
2009Shocking
2010Americain
2011Dunaden
2012Green Moon
2013Fiorente
2014Protectionist
2015Prince Of Penzance
2016Almandin

Expert Melbourne Cup Tips

Find out who our tipsters are predicting will win the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Read the Melbourne Cup Tips

MELBOURNE CUP HISTORY

First held in 1861 and won by Archer who would go on to claim victory the following year, the Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and the week-long Melbourne Cup Carnival held at Flemington.

The Carnival kicks off with Victoria Derby Day on the Saturday prior to the Cup and is followed by Crown Oaks Day on Thursday and concludes with Emirates Stakes Day the following Saturday.

While the inaugural winner of the Melbourne Cup received a gold watch, prizemoney has grown to be in excess of $6 million, making the Melbourne Cup the richest two-mile handicap race in the world.

It attracts the best stayers from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan and is celebrated as the greatest racing carnival on the planet.

Past winners of the Melbourne Cup have gone on to become household names with the immortal Makybe Diva topping the list with her unrivalled three consecutive Cup wins from 2003-2005 with Hall of Fame jockey Glen Boss in the saddle.

Other greats of the turf to have won the prestigious event include Poseidon (1906), Phar Lap (1930), Peter Pan (1932 & 1934), Comic Court (1950), Rising Fast (1954), Rain Lover (1968-69), Think Big (1974-75), Kiwi (1983), Let’s Elope (1991), Saintly (1996) and Might And Power (1997).

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings won the Melbourne Cup on 12 occasions - a feat that will most likely stand the test of time and be a benchmark for any trainer for centuries to come.

The man affectionately known as the 'Cups King' died on October 30, 2015 and has been immortalised with a bronze statue at Flemington.

In 1993 the Melbourne Cup rose in international stature when Irish trainer Dermot Weld claimed victory with Vintage Crop.

The first win by a European horse ignited the interest of international trainers who have since become regular visitors to the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Weld would again claim victory in 2002 with Media Puzzle, while other international trainers to have tasted success include: Katsuhiko Sumii (Japan 2006) with Delta Blues, Alain de Royer-Dupre (France 2010) with Americain, Mikel Delzangles (France 2011) with Dunaden and Andreas Wöhler (Germany 2014) with Protectionist.

Sheila Laxon became the first female trainer to capture victory in the Cup when Ethereal saluted in 2001, while Australia’s First Lady in racing, Gai Waterhouse, would claim her first win with Fiorente in 2013.

In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when piloting the Darren Weir-trained six-year-old gelding Prince Of Penzance to success at odds of $101.

FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

Flemington Track Description

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 
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