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2020 Melbourne Cup Preview, Tips & Best Bets

  • Brodie Nickson details some of the best early chances ahead of the 2020 Melbourne Cup
  • Is Surprise Baby the current top seed?
  • Does champion trainer Chris Waller have a leading hope?
Melbourne Cup Tips
Can Surprise Baby take out the 2020 Melbourne Cup? (Getty)

Melbourne Cup Information

  • DateTue 03 Nov, 2020
  • Race Time04:00
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance3200 metres
  • ConditionsOpen Handicap
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$7,300,000

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 via 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.

We've taken a look at the key chances ahead of the 2020 Melbourne Cup

2020 Melbourne Cup Odds

Russian Camelot$10.00
Surprise Baby$11.00
Master Of Wine$17.00
King Of Leogrance$19.00
High Emocean$21.00
Dashing Willoughby$26.00
Shared Ambition$26.00
Verry Elleegant$26.00
Vow And Declare$26.00

Odds are provided by Sportsbet and are correct as of 29/07/2020 - 5pm

2020 Melbourne Cup Tips

Melbourne Cup 2020 Best Bet - Surprise Baby 

A $5,500 purchase for Horsham trainer Paul Preusker, the rising five-year-old gelding was extremely unlucky in last years race, producing arguably the run of the day when finishing fifth, beaten less than a length.

A lightly raced stayer who enjoys space between his runs, he burst onto the scene recording a dominant victory in the 2019 Adelaide Cup in just his sixth start, stepping up from 2000m to 3200m in the process.

One of the most exciting horses in the country, the son of Shocking narrowly lost to Steel Prince in Andrew Ramsden before booking his ticket to the big dance with a dominant win in the Group Three Bart Cummings.

Without a doubt Australia's leading hope for the Melbourne Cup, Surprise Baby isn't expected to receive any more than an extra 1kg than his 53.5kg last year, and if he can continue to improve, looks the one to beat as the best bet in the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Next Best Bet - Shared Ambition

In all of his success as a trainer, the one golden egg of Australian racing which has eluded the great Chris Waller has been victory in the Melbourne Cup.

Although Waller is also armed with Finche who ran fourth 2018 edition before disappointing as favourite last year, Shared Ambition is a rising five-year-old gelding who possesses the x-factor required to challenge for this years cup.

After arriving in Australia, the son of Born To Sea recorded three straight victories including a dominant win on cup day last year over 2800m, but was subject to an abnormal preparation during the autumn which included a throw at the stumps in the Doncaster Mile.

A massive lightweight chance, the lack of international raiders will only enhance the chances of Shared Ambition, and possessing a turn of foot most of sprinters would envy, he looks a great long-range play.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Roughie - Pondus

The Lloyd Williams-owned gelding has had only two starts for Joseph O'Brien which included a dominant victory second-up over 2400m at Roscommon.

The son of Sea The Moon was gelded before being transferred to the care of O'Brien, with his victory in Lenebane Stakes following the same path as O'Brien utilised with Downdraft last year.

Half-brother to the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Lord Belvedere who recently put together back to back victories at Flemington during the winter series, Pondus also boasts defeating Mornington Cup winner Aktau on multiple occasions in what Lloyd Williams described as a 'towelling'.

Despite the major question marks surrounding international runners being allowed the target this years Spring Carnival, Pondus certainly looks an exciting lightweight proposition.

Melbourne Cup FAQ

What date is the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

The 2020 Melbourne Cup is scheduled to run on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Flemington.

What time is the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup generally starts at around 3pm.

How can I live stream the 2020 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 2019 Melbourne Cup?

Vow And Declare won the 2019 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 2020 Melbourne Cup?

We're with Surprise Baby as the best bet in the 2020 Melbourne Cup.



Surprise Baby was luckless in 2019 and we're with him to bounce back as the best futures bet in the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

Also saving on Shared Ambition who with improvement in the spring, comes into calculations.

Best Bet: Surprise Baby To Win @11.00 at Sportsbet - 4 Units
Next Best Bet: Shared Ambition To Win @26.00 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit

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