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Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria

 On the first Tuesday of November every year, the Melbourne Cup or ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ descends on Flemington Racecourse in Victoria for the biggest betting week in Australian horseracing.

Ran over 2 miles, it is generally considered to be the premier 2 mile flat race in the world, with total prize money in excess of $6 million Australian dollars, and prizes down to 10th place. With such a large prize pool being up for grabs, the race always attracts a large field and entrants from all over the world including some notable runs from UK and Irish entries. Red Cadeaux famously come 2nd three times in 2011, 2013, and 2014 for Michael Bell from Newmarket.

The betting for the race is always typically wide open, with many free bet betting offers available for the race. We will run through the best offers and tips to follow in order to get the best from your Melbourne Cup betting.

Melbourne Cup Betting Offers

Melbourne Cup Free Bets

With the Melbourne Cup being the pinnacle of the betting calendar in Australia, many punters look to extract the maximum amount of value possible. One of the bookmakers offering the juiciest Melbourne Cup free bet offers is Sportsbet. Their incredible offer allows for new customers to receive up to a $501 bonus free bet on their first deposit. It doesn’t matter whether you are wagering $20 or $501, they will match the free bet amount all the way to the maximum. This is especially lucrative if you are considering backing more than one horse in the race. You can use your main stake to back your fancy and take the rest of the free bets to cover the dangers.

For those looking to deposit close to the $50 mark for your Melbourne Cup bets, another great offer to check out is Ladbrokes. If you make your first deposit with Ladbrokes of $50, they will give you a superb $150 in bonus bets. One popular way of using this bonus is by taking $50 you were going to bet on the race and put it on your main selection. You can then use the remainder of the free bet bonus to back your 3 main dangers in the race, all for $50 each, essentially giving you 4 horses for the price of 1.

Another Melbourne Cup free bet offer to watch out for is William Hill. Similar to the offer that Ladbrokes give, William Hill go one step further and give you a $200 bonus for your $50 bet. By combining the Ladbrokes offer with the William Hill offer, for a $100 deposit, you could back an incredible 9 horses all for $50 each, to give you an incredible chance of landing the big winner. By playing the race in this way, it also means you a close to certain to have something to cheer coming up the Flemington straight. A great way to use your Melbourne Cup free bet offers.

Melbourne Cup New 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.

October 31 2017 Update: Godolphin to try again with last year’s third, Hartnell?

He ran a stormer last year and, to the surprise of many, 2017’s third-placed finisher remains in the frame for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.  The horse in question is, of course, Hartnell who could bid to give owners, Godolphin, their first winner of the great race in 20 attempts. They had five runners in last year’s cup, ultimately claiming third and fourth.

The Dubai powerhouse originally entered eight horses in the ‘Race that Stops a Nation’ but this year’s entry is now down to two at the second acceptance stage where just 36 candidates remain.

If it were not for Winx, Hartnell would be have had an outstanding 2016 campaign but he finished runner-up to the super mare four times. The Godolphin owned horse did display enough pace to win a seven-furlong Group 2 at Caulfield for new trainer James Cummings in August and showed enough stamina to finish third in last season’s Melbourne Cup as the 9/2 favourite.  

Consequently, if he runs in the 2017 edition Hartnell will shoulder top-weight.  It’s clearly a big ‘if’ as underlined by the 80/1 available with European bookmaker, Paddy Power (owner of Sportsbet) but if he does make the line-up, that price will be cut into several pieces.  

Melbourne Cup Bets

As the Melbourne Cup is a handicap, this gives each horse an allocation of weight according to its ability. This provides a scenario of all horses closely matched on their ability, but also makes it incredibly lucrative if you are successful enough to locate the winner.

One popular way of betting with free bets on the Melbourne Cup is via Ante Post, or betting well in advance of the race. Due to the high level of competition in the race, you will regularly find the favourite many months in advance can be as big as 20/1.

The current best odds for Melbourne Cup 2017 are as follows:

Almandin 20/1 with Bet365

Vazirabad 20/1 with Bet365

Francis of Assisi 25/1 with Betfair

All horses for the race outside of these current 3 favourites are 25/1 or bigger.

Should you wish to wait for closer to the race when the weights are published to make your selection to take advantage of the free bets, we would highly recommend taking a keen eye on the barrier draw. Despite the race being ran over 2 miles, the first left hand turn comes after approximately 400 meters. Typically for a race of this distance the draw would not play such a factor, but as the race has shown down the years, if you don’t get a good position going round the first turn, your race can be over before it’s even begun.

If you want to give yourself a sporting chance and ensuring your horse has a good chance throughout the race, look to find horses drawn in the inside 10 stalls, that are known to race prominently, preferably surrounded by hold up horses. By doing this, you can use your free bets to wager horses that will show some early pace, not have to work hard to get a prominent position and turn the first bend in the first 6. This doesn’t guarantee you a winner, but will certainly get you a run for your money.

Melbourne Cup Betting Offers

Be prepared for a plethora of Melbourne Cup betting offers to be delivered with increasing frequency as the big race draws closer.

Odds boosts will be commonplace and these can offer some extra betting value, while the coupling up of horses such as those all in the same ownership can give you several runners in the race and offer additional betting value. Last year’s winning owner Lloyd Williams has entered 12 horses in the 2017 Melbourne Cup under his Macedon Lodge banner.

Some online bookmakers will offer enhanced each-way terms, adding a fifth and even sixth place to their traditional 1-2-3-4 terms.

Most importantly potential new account holders will have a number of new customer offers thrust at them. These are the most value laden offers of all, with Melbourne Cup free bets or massive price enhancements available to those who do not have an account with some online sportsbooks.

Melbourne Cup Betting Odds

By the start of September there were 140 horses nominated for the 2017 Melbourne Cup, and 31 of these are international entries.  

England has never won the Melbourne Cup despite over 80 attempts and Scotland has never had a runner.  But all of that could change in 2017 with Nakeeta, winner of the high-profile Ebor Handicap in York in August amongst those potential 31 visitors.  Nakeeta hails from a small stable, so if you love a fairytale, back this one at best odds of 33/1.

The Dubai operation, Godolphin, which for the most part has its runners based in the UK trained by Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor, have 8 entries including Francis Of Assisi and Qewy.  If you fancy either of these, who both won races during last year’s carnival, you can get 25/1 and 50/1 respectively with bet365.

How to Bet on the Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup Offers

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest betting day in Australian horse racing and as a consequence the bookmakers will fight very hard to get your money. One of the most popular free bet betting offers that the bookies will offer is extra place offers in order to get your money.

Typically, the Melbourne Cup will pay the first 4 places, however make sure you stay alert to the extra place offers close to the race. It is not uncommon for bookmakers to pay the first 5 places, or in some cases, the first 6. Bet365 were paying 6 places in 2016 and although haven’t confirmed their place terms for the 2017 renewal, it is keenly anticipated they will follow suit again.

Unibet are well known for running a wide range of markets, including specials such as race winning distance, winning time and winning barrier draw. If you are finding the race winner hard to come by, it is well worth checking out their specials for an easier to find special market winner.

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Melbourne Cup Free Bets Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take advantage of Melbourne Cup Free Bets?

Simply by going to one of the links provided in this page, or there are other great Melbourne Cup free bets available on our website.

What is your best choice for Melbourne Cup Free Bets?

That is up to you, but by not taking advantage of some of these offers, you are missing out on potentially hundreds of dollars of value of Melbourne Cup free bets. Use the guide provided to work out which Melbourne Cup free bet offers are right for you.

When can I use a Melbourne Cup Free Bet offer?

These are available right now. As mentioned, with the favourite for the race being as big as 20/1, you can snag some juicy prices by using these Melbourne Cup free bet offers.