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Melbourne Cup Runners - Runner-by-Runner Preview & Tips

  • Guide to the contenders for the 2021 Melbourne Cup
  • Runner-by-Runner verdict on the chances of every runner
  • Who will win the Melbourne Cup at Flemington?
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A look at the runners for the Melbourne Cup 2021 (Getty Images)
Bets.com.au Staff 01 Nov 2021
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It's the biggest race in Australia and one of the biggest races in the world. The Melbourne Cup is back and we have a runner-by-runner preview for the 2021 race on November 2.

Incentivise has attracted plenty of attention with bookmakers, but can the local charge hold off the international raiders?

We look at the form of every runner in the Melbourne Cup, which runs at 3:00 pm local time on Tuesday.

Twilight Payment


Last year's winner goes up in the weights and it will be much harder to win. He's still a quality type, but a place chance seems his best result.

Twilight Payment - $12BET HERE
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Incentivise


The boom runner of the field after an impressive year. His win in the Caulfield Cup was an excellent sign, and despite the drifting odds, he could be the best horse in the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

Incentivise - $2.80BET HERE
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Spanish Mission


He can race a little flat at times and he failed a vet check last week, but he is classy. Drifting odds are a concern, so watch betting markets.

Spanish Mission - $10.00BET HERE
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Verry Elleegant


She got too far back in the Cox Plate before hitting the line nicely. Her run last year was good in defeat, and James McDonald is confident. We wouldn't be leaving her out.

Verry Elleegant - $16BET HERE
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Explosive Jack


A former Derby winner who hasn't come of age this season. Distance suits, but he would need to improve.

Explosive Jack - $41BET HERE
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The Chosen One


The Kiwi runner is always around the mark in the big race. Lovely effort last year, and there is no suggestion that he hasn't improved since.

The Chosen One - $41BET HERE
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Delphi


He couldn't have been more disappointing in the Caulfield Cup. He had a soft enough lead but went backwards in the straight. Tough to recommend after that effort.

Delphi - $19BET HERE
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Ocean Billy


Ocean Billy is a Kiwi runner who qualified for the Melbourne Cup via his Auckland Cup win. He's dour, and we don't think he'll be threatening them.

Ocean Billy - $81BET HERE
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Selino


His odds are drifting and that's hardly surprising. Not running well and drawing barrier 24 won't help his chances.

Selino - $61BET HERE
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Johnny Get Angry


Another former Derby winner who has been awful since. Struggling to beat runners home this season, and we can see that continuing.

Johnny Get Angry - $126BET HERE
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Knights Order


Comes off a disappointing run last Saturday. He will likely try to lead the field throughout, but come unstuck down the long Flemington straight.

Knights Order - $126BET HERE
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Persan


He finished close last year and he could do the same again. He has been overlooked this season, but with 53kg on his back, he can't leave him out at generous odds.

Persan - $26BET HERE
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Carif


He's not running well enough for our liking. His form has been inconsistent and he's not a proven winner against this company.

Carif - $126BET HERE
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Master of Wine


We prefer to see him going the Sydney way around. He is another runner who is struggling to produce the goods this year.

Master Of Wine - $101BET HERE
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Pondus


There was plenty of betting support last start but he couldn't come up with the goods. Not the worst runner off the inside draw, so keep him safe.

Pondus - $23BET HERE
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Grand Promenade


His form bodes well and he puts himself into the race. He is likely to push forward from the wide draw and be right in the mix.

Grand Promenade - $17BET HERE
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Miami Bound


The former Oaks winner needs rain and a lot of it. That's unlikely to materialise, so she doesn't enter our calculations.

Miami Bound - $151BET HERE
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Port Guillaume


The form doesn't read well and we're surprised he's in the field. He's not an impressive type at all.

Port Guillame - $126BET HERE
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She's Ideel


She should appreciate the distance and the current odds could be worth a nibble. She will get back and look to pick a path late.

She's Ideel - $101BET HERE
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Future Score


Struggling to show his best form and that shouldn't change here. Big odds available.

Future Score - $151BET HERE
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Tralee Rose


Her win in the Geelong Cup was a tough effort, and Geelong form often stacks up nicely for the Melbourne Cup. Punters have come for her throughout the week, so she should be good enough to go close.

Tralee Rose - $16BET HERE
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Floating Artist


Not everything went his way last start and he is tough enough to stick with them. Gets in with a light weight and he is another runner being backed.

Floating Artist - $13BET HERE
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Great House


That was an easy win last Saturday at Flemington, and although McDonald hops off to ride Verry Elleegant, punters shouldn't be deterred.

Great House - $21BET HERE
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Sir Lucan


Carries only 50kg, but we don't think his form shapes up well enough.

Sir Lucan - $26BET HERE
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Verdict

Incentivise is tipped to win the 2021 Melbourne Cup. His form has been terrific this season, and there is no reason to jump off his back.

Don't leave out Tralee Rose and Great House, after top last-start wins. They are paying value odds, as is Persan, who should enter calculations.

Best Bet: Incentivise Winner $2.80 at Sportsbet - 5 Units
Value Bet: Tralee Rose Each Way $16.00 at Palmerbet - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Great House Each Way $21.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Persan Each Way $26.00 at Winnersbet - 1 Unit

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