Melbourne Cup Betting Preview Tips & Odds

Published: 01.11.2018
We are fortunate as Australian racing fans to have a host of world class action to enjoy at this time of year. We’ve already had brilliant renewals of the Everest and the Caulfield Cup and it’s nearly time for the biggest of the lot – the Melbourne Cup.

This is still the “race that stops a nation” but the Melbourne Cup has taken on a more international feel in recent years. Young trainer, Joseph O’Brien, won the race for Ireland with Rekindling last year and there are a host of international raiders towards the top of the betting for this year’s renewal.

The betting for the 2018 Melbourne Cup has been as popular as ever. There are a number of chances with a genuine chance of winning their connections the $4,000,000+ that goes to the winner.

International String Ready to Leave with the Prize

The last 10 years of the Melbourne Cup has seen winners range from $7.00 favourites to $101 rank outsiders. Surprise winners are possible because this is a handicap race which, in theory, provides a level playing field for all those competing.

With that said, there are some excellent horses at the top of the betting so it’s worth having a look at the five most backed horses.

Yucatan ($4.50 with TopBetta) is one of three horses that Aidan O’Brien has in the race. The Irishman has had massive success in the biggest races throughout Europe but he had to watch on with a mixture of pride and frustration as his son, Joseph, trained last year’s Melbourne Cup winner.

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Yucatan travelled to Australia on the back of an up and down season in Britain and Ireland but quickly settled into life Down Under with a win at Caulfield a couple of weeks ago and he is the clear favourite.

Cross Counter ($9.00 with bet365) is next in the betting. Charlie Appleby’s gelding would be the second three-year-old winner of the Melbourne Cup winner in a row and he’s won enough challenging handicaps in Britain to suggest he has a real chance.

Magic Circle ($10 with Pointsbet) is another British trained horse who will have to quickly overcome the mammoth trip to Australia. Connections are happy enough with the work he’s done so far Down Under and having won the ultra-competitive Chester Cup, Magic Circle is very much one to keep an eye on.

Saeed bin Suroor has had much of his success in Europe and Dubai but Australian racing has been good to him of late and he’d love to win the Melbourne Cup with Best Solution ($14 with Neds). Best Solution has run very well in the UAE and Germany lately and comes into the Melbourne Cup on the back of a hugely impressive win in the Caulfield Cup.

The Cliffsofmoher ($16 with MadBookie) is the second Aidan O’Brien option in the race but he is no second-string horse. Third in the Caulfield Cup where the slow pace of the race and not the stamina got him beat. Stepping up to the 3200m Melbourne Cup trip could be exactly what he needs.

Each of the five horses mentioned above have a real chance of winning the Melbourne Cup but at the odds, we especially like the look of The Cliffsofmoher and Magic Circle.

Each-Way Options a Must in the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is such a competitive race that you would be either foolish or incredibly brave to approach it with just one bet. As we’ve seen, big odds winners are a real possibility in the Melbourne Cup and there are a couple of tempting options at big odds.

Sixties Groove ($101 with Palmerbet) may be a roughie but the money continues to pour in about his chances of winning the Melbourne Cup. Victory would be a big surprise but he could well claim a place and return nicely for those who back him each-way.

Red Verdon ($51 with has had some big success already in his career for his trainer, Ed Dunlop. Although he was never near the leaders in the Caulfield Cup he did better than many expected. The increased trip should suit him well so he’s another tempting each-way option.

Past Five Winners

2017 – Rekindling, aged 4, ridden by Corey Brown, trained by Joseph O’Brien
2016 – Almandin, aged 7, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, trained by Robert Hickmott
2015 – Prince Of Penzance, aged 6, ridden by Michelle Payne, trained by Darren Weir
2014 – Protectionist, aged 5, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Andreas Wöhler
2013 – Fiorente, aged 6, ridden by Damien Oliver, trained by Gai Waterhouse

Melbourne Cup 2018 Top Betting Tips

Magic Circle to win at $10 with Pointsbet

The Cliffsofmoher each-way at $16 with MadBookie

Sixties Groove each-way at $101 with Palmerbet 

Red Verdon each-way at $51 with

Avilus to win at $11 with Ladbrokes

For more info on the Melbourne Cup 2018