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Melbourne Cup 2018

The Melbourne Cup is largely seen as Australia's most prestigious horse race and attracts a worldwide interest as some of the best horses in the world compete for the $6m prize.

This year will see the famous race run on Tuesday 6th November, 2018. The race is always ran at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November.

The handicap race is run at Group l level and boasts a total prize pool of $6,200,000.

Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne Cup Betting

Every year there is a staggering amount of money wagered on the event. Even non-racing followers take interest in the race and will take part in placing a bet or entering a Melbourne Cup sweep.

The Melbourne Cup is without a doubt the most popular betting event in the country each year and it has proven to be one of the hardest races to predict too. In the last 30 years there have been just 6 favourites win the race while 14 horses have won at double figure odds.

It's also not uncommon to see a horse win at incredibly long odds as we saw in 2015 when Prince of Penzance won at a staggering price of $101. The win in 2015 also proved to be a historic event with Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

The race can be incredibly tough to predict largely due to the large field which includes a sizable amount of international horses that have form lines from all over the world.

There are a total of 10 races hosted at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day with the Cup itself being the longest and most valuable race on offer.

Historically the race has attracted a large international interest with runners coming from all over the world to try their chances in the $6m race.

Melbourne Cup Field

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Field will be released on Saturday November 3, 2018.

Every year hundreds of horses nominate for the prestigious event. The field is made up by horses than have won Group races over the distance of 2400 metres or further.

Melbourne Cup Stats

There are a countless amount of statistics that can factor into picking a Melbourne Cup winner. Punters have gone over them with a fine toothed comb and still come up scratching their head after a race.

Horse age, barrier, weight and gender all come into play.

56% of winners have been in the 4 or 5-year-old age range.

Barrier 5 has historically proven to be the most popular having had 8 winners.

It's also important to note that no horse other than champion Makybe Diva in the previous 35 years has been able to win carrying 58kg or greater.

Melbourne Cup Winners

There have been a host of notable horses who have won the Melbourne Cup. Phar Lap, who is arguably Australia's most well known race horse, won the race in 1930.

More recently Makybe Diva went into the record books after winning the race on three occasions.

Learn more about the Melbourne Cup HERE.

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