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2021 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips, Preview & Odds

  • Guide to the 2021 Melbourne Cup
  • Justin Darcy details some of the best chances
  • Who will win the race that stops a nation?
  • Best bet for the Flemington showpiece
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Spanish Mission looks an international set for the 2021 Melbourne Cup (Getty)
Justin Darcy 06 Nov 2020
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The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia's most famous events with the "race that stops the nation" being one of the highlights on the sporting calendar on the first Tuesday of November.

Vow And Declare was a popular winner of the 2019 Melbourne Cup and returned the breeding and training bragging rights to the locals being an Australian-trained winner.

The 2020 edition of the world famous race has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but international Twilight Payment came and conqured in the Lloyd Williams colours.

We've taken a look at the key chances ahead of the Flemington showpiece on November 2, and provided our Melbourne Cup tips and predictions below.

Melbourne Cup Information

  • DateTue 02 Nov, 2021
  • Race Time04:00
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance3200 metres
  • ConditionsOpen Handicap
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$7,300,000

2021 Melbourne Cup Odds

If you are looking for Melbourne Cup tips, the latest betting markets can help us. Tiger Moth sits at the top of betting markets after a bold second placing in the 2020 edition.

Prince Of Arran will be back for a fourth attempt at the race while reiging Cup champion Twilight Payment sits on the fourth line.

Surpise Baby has already had supporters just 24 hours after the event, coming in from $26 to $18.

Tiger Moth$16
Prince Of Arran$18
Surprise Baby$18
Twilight Payment$18
Russian Camelot$26
Odds are provided by Sportsbet and are correct as of 4/11/20 - 11.55am

2021 Melbourne Cup Tips

Melbourne Cup Tips: 2021 Best Bet - Spanish Mission 

Already targetting next year's edition of the race, Spanish Mission looks a horse who potentially could feature heavily.

His form overseas has improved all thorughout the 2020 season, and although the Dashing Willoughby form has not been good enough, I believe this horse is a much better horse than him.

He was a dominant winner of the Doncaster Cup in September but failed at Ascot in the Long Distance Cup on soft ground.

If he finds good ground, he has a lot of class on his side to take him a long way.

Melbourne Cup Tips: 2021 Next Best Bet - Surprise Baby

Already taking some early support for the 2021 event, he may has been he victim of a prep that was too short off such a long break.

Assuming he now runs in the Autumn, this should give him a good base of fitness, as well as a normal prep in the Spring, likely going through the Caulfield Cup.

Of course he needs to win another race to get his rating up, which if he took part in an Autumn campaign, he should do, whether it be running top three in an Australian Cup or something up in Sydney.

Melbourne Cup Tips: 2021 Roughie - Pondus

He was very good in the Bendigo Cup first-up in Australia where he was hampered around the first bend before hitting the line hard to just miss Princess Jenni.

He runs in the Queen Elizabeth on the last day of the Flemington Carnival where he can give a good account for himself once again.

His rating is still reasonably low, so a win in this race sets up a 12 month preparation towards the Melboutne Cup.

Melbourne Cup FAQ

What date is the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

The 2021 Melbourne Cup is scheduled to run on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Flemington.

What time is the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup generally starts at around 3pm.

How can I live stream the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Melbourne Cup and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

Twilight Payment won the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

What distance is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup is run over a distance of 3200 metres.

What's the best bet in the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

We're with Spanish Mission as the best bet in the 2021 Melbourne Cup.



Spanish Mission has come up at $101 so we will be having a small play in that direction.

In the meantime, we will have something on Surprise Baby.

Next Best Bet: Surprise Baby To Win $18.00 at Sportsbet - 2 Units
Best Bet: Spanish Mission To Win $101.00 at Sportsbet - 2 Units

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