Melbourne Cup Free Bets 2018

Melbourne Cup Betting 2018

2018 Melbourne Cup betting odds

Jockey Corey Brown after winning the 157th Melbourne Cup on Rekindling (22) at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on November 7, 2017.

Known as ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ the Melbourne Cup is the undisputed biggest horse race in Australia. It’s not just Down Under where it’s huge news, horse racing fans and punters the world over tune into the Melbourne Cup action from Flemington Racecourse, Victoria.

When is Melbourne Cup Day? The 2018 Melbourne Cup will be at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 6 November.

The Melbourne Cup is widely considered to be the premier two mile (3200 meter) race in the world. The prestige of the race and the small matter of over $6 million in prize money regularly attracts the best stayers from around the world. Indeed the 2017 renewal was won by the British-bred, Irish-trained Rekindling who became the first three-year-old to claim Melbourne Cup glory in 76 years.

Melbourne Cup Betting Odds 2018

Ante post betting for the Melbourne Cup is available throughout the year but it only gets more competitive the closer we get to November. Shrewd punters look for options with their Melbourne Cup betting and making the most of one of the free bet offers listed below is certainly a savvy move.

Melbourne Cup Free Bets 2018

As we get closer to the Melbourne Cup, the best bookies will start offering specific offers for the Melbourne Cup. However, we understand that punters want the option to get involved in the action throughout the year so we’ve collected the best free bet offers available.

The first Melbourne Cup offer to seriously consider is the $500 free bet that William Hill will give all new customers. If you open up a new William Hill account through one of the links on our site and you’re eligible having read the terms and conditions, you’ll have your first single sports bet matched with bonus cash up to a massive $500.

Ladbrokes, another huge bookmaker who have been covering the Melbourne Cup for decades, have their own free bet offer for you to make the most of. Again, providing you’re eligible and are opening a brand new account, Ladbrokes will match your first deposit up to $250. The competitive nature of the Melbourne Cup betting means you can return a massive amount from a $250 bet on the winner and all for no risk!

Based in Brisbane, bookmaker.com.au understand Australian punters and they’ve worked incredibly hard since being founded in 2012 to provide the best offers around. If you do not yet already have an account with bookmaker.com.au you can make the most of their welcome bonus which is 100% of your first deposit up to a maximum of $400. Like the Ladbrokes offer, this offer has great potential especially when you combine it with the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Best Bets

Chief among the reasons why the Melbourne Cup is so popular with punters is that it’s a handicap. The theory of a handicap is that all the horses are rated and then made to carry weights according to their ability. That should level the playing field out and it has produced some big odds winners over the years.

Ante post betting for handicap races can be particularly lucrative. You have to take an extra risk given that so much can happen in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup but ante post betting is full of opportunity.

Rekindling ($21 with Ladbrokes) is among the favourites for the 2018 Melbourne Cup as punters try to profit from a repeat performance by the Joseph O’Brien trained four-year-old.

Other notables at the head of the market include Johannes Vermeer ($26 with Bet365) and Kings Will Dream ($26 with Crownbet). All the other horses are available at $34 or bigger at the time of writing.

Ante post betting is very tempting but some punters won’t even touch the Melbourne Cup betting before the barrier draw is made. That may seem a little silly given that we’re talking about a two mile race but the first turn in the Melbourne Cup comes after just 400m and history is full of contenders who lost their position at that crucial early stage and could not recover.

It’s also worth noting that position is key in the Melbourne Cup. If you can find a quality stayer who is happy making the running and is draw alongside hold up horses, you know you’re onto a winner and that it’s time to make the most of the free bet offers available here.

Melbourne Cup Betting Offers

Punters looking to open accounts with new bookies have a wealth of choice of offers when the Melbourne Cup rolls around. In addition to the free bet offers mentioned above and found elsewhere on our site, the best bookies will provide a host of enhanced odds offers which can secure even bigger payouts than is normal for the Melbourne Cup.

Another common offer that you’ll find with the bookies is an increase in the number of places they pay out on each-way bets. Traditionally, even bigger field handicaps only pay out for four places but keep an eye out on some bookmakers who pay five or even six places.

New customer offers are the most commonplace but existing customers are not forgotten about. Make sure to log into your betting accounts to find out the latest promotions and offers for your Melbourne Cup betting.

Melbourne Cup Betting Odds

The Melbourne Cup is one of those races that gets even the most successful racehorse trainers out of bed in the morning. The chance to have a runner at the Flemington spectacular, let alone a winner, means the number of entries into the Melbourne Cup is always huge.

The field will be cut down from around 400 initial entries to just 24 but there are some tempting options in the very early betting.

Rekindling is only going to get better as he matures and could well be making a return to Flemington so he is worthy of support at $21 with Ladbrokes.

Darren Weir knows what it takes to train a Melbourne Cup winner having claimed the race in 2015 and he’ll be quietly confident about the chances of Red Cardinal in the 2018 renewal at $41 with Unibet.

Alamandin was well fancied for the 2017 Melbourne Cup and while it was not to be, he’ll rightly have his supporters 12 months on at $42 with Betfair.

How to Bet on the Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup “Bookies Behaviour”

By now hopefully you understand just how big the Melbourne Cup is both in Australia and around the world. The size of the race is something you really should take advantage of as the bookies are all fighting for your custom as we approach the race.

If you’re looking for a new bookie, make sure to be on the lookout for those who are rolling the red carpet out for Melbourne Cup punters. Free bets, enhanced odds and bonus cash offers are all on the table so it’s a matter of picking which suits you best.

It’s also worth logging into your existing accounts and seeing what the bookies are doing. Unibet, for example, provide their customers with some great Melbourne Cup special bets while Bet365 usually lead the pack in terms of the number of places they pay.

Who Won the Melbourne Cup 2017?

Unsurprisingly, the current favourite for the 2018 Melbourne Cup is the winner of 12 months ago, Rekindling ($21 with Ladbrokes). Joseph O’Brien’s charge became the first three-year-old to win the race in 76 years and is only going to get better as he continues to mature. Will he return to defend his crown though?

If Joseph O’Brien does make the trip to Flemington, he could well be joined by his father, Aidan O’Brien. O’Brien senior has won an incredible number of Group 1 races in his career and he has a genuine chance of his first Melbourne Cup success in the shape of Johannes Vermeer who finished second in 2017 and is a $26 shot with Bet365.

Kings Will Dream has had his fair share of support in the very early stages of the 2018 Melbourne Cup betting. Like Johannes Vermeer, Kings Will Dream ($26 with bookmaker.com.au) is an Irish-bred horse but he’ll surely have to gain some more experience to have any chance of beating the most competitive Group 1 handicap in the world.

Order Of St George was one of the most popular options in the betting for the 2017 Melbourne Cup and while things didn’t work out, he has had plenty of support for this year’s renewal at $34 with Ladbrokes. He’s a classy stayer with a huge heart so don’t write Order Of St George off yet.

A little further down the ante post betting and Red Cardinal stands out at $41 with Unibet. Darren Weir has been there and done it in terms of winning the Melbourne Cup and he is very happy to have welcomed this talented six-year-old into his stable in April.

French horse, Tiberian, gave a decent account of himself in the 2017 Melbourne Cup but could only finish seventh. He did hit a lot of traffic though and couldn’t properly kick for home so a bit more luck could see Tiberian land a place at least at $61 with Unibet.

Melbourne Cup News Updates

November 2 2017 Update: Boom Time for a Cory Story

If Frankie Dettori getting the plum-ride of favourite and defending champion, Almandin, in the Melbourne Cup is a headline story, what about Cory Parish booking for Boom Time?  The former Kiwi jockey caused a huge upset when landing the Caulfield Cup aboard $41 outsider Boom Time and now the 28-year-old keeps the mount in the Melbourne Cup.

Nothing too unusual there, once a rider strikes up a successful partnership with a horse it is foolhardy to break it.  But the back story is Parish’ Melbourne Cup inexperience.  Not only is the jockey making his debut in the big race, he has never attended Flemington on Melbourne Cup race day – that’s as a rider or spectator.

It’s been 16 years since the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup double was last achieved – Ethereal completing the job in 2001. But it was done three times during the 1990’s and eleven times in total.

If you’re one for a good story, Boom Time is definitely one for you!

November 1 2017 Update: Frankie an unexpected super-sub for jockeyless Almandin

Frankie Dettori is a household name in the UK and a proven performer on the world stage, it is hard to identify a race he has not won, apart from one, the Melbourne Cup.

In fact, his name is best associated with the big race for his one month ban and $20,000 fine he collected when causing carnage in the closing stages of the 2015 Melbourne Cup.  Dettori and his mount, Max Dynamite, reputedly put paid to the chances of a quarter of the field in one of the worst cases of Melbourne Cup interference in living memory.

Nevertheless the pilot of over 500 Group race winners, famous for riding seven winners on a single day at Ascot and the man aboard Enable in this month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has been booked to ride last year’s Melbourne Cup winner, Almandin, in this year’s renewal.

The Robert Hickmott trained horse was originally due to be partnered by Damien Oliver but his failure to appeal against a suspension for improper riding and Kerrin McEvoy, aboard the 2016 winner a year ago, booked for Red Cardinal, it is the English-based Italian who will take to the saddle aboard defending champion.

Melbourne Cup Free Bets Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take advantage of Melbourne Cup free bets?

 Simply by clicking one of the links provided on this page. Alternatively, there are many other Melbourne Cup free bets available on our website.

What is your best choice for Melbourne Cup free bets?

 The choice is ultimately yours but by not taking advantage of some of these great offers you are missing out on potentially hundreds of dollars of Melbourne Cup free bets. If you need more information, use the guide provided to work out which Melbourne Cup free bets are the best match for you.

When can I use a Melbourne Cup free bet offer?

 These offers are available right now and at any time up to the 2018 Melbourne Cup. It depends whether you want to wait for more information or take advantage of the big ante post prices available.