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2020 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips, Preview & Odds

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  • Best bet for the Flemington showpiece
Melbourne Cup Tips
Can Surprise Baby take out the 2020 Melbourne Cup? (Getty)

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 a top class line up is guaranteed as the international brigade once again take on the home challengers.

We've taken a look at the key chances ahead of the Flemington showpiece on November 3, and provided our Melbourne Cup tips and predictions below.

Melbourne Cup Information

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

2020 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 the Melbourne Cup betting odds at $6.00 as trainer Aidan O'Brien bids to finally land victory in the race at Flemington.

A lightly-raced son of Galileo who's had just the four career starts to date, Tiger Moth is set to be ridden by three-time Melbourne Cup winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy and will carry 52.5kg following a last start win in the Group Three Kilternan Stakes in Ireland.

Sir Dragonet has plummeted in the betting following his Cox Plate victory on October 24 and is the only other runner in single figures ($8.00). All three career wins of this five-year-old have come on soft going.

The 2020 Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant and runner-up Anthony Van Dyck share the fourth line of betting at $11.
1Anthony Van DyckA. O'BrienH. Bowman3$7.50
2AviliusJ. CummingsJ. Allen10$51
3Vow And DeclareD. O'BrienJ. Mott4$41
4Master Of RealityJ. O'BrienB. Melham11$26
5Sir DragonetC. Maher & D. EustaceG. Boss14$9
6Twilight PaymentJ. O'BrienJ. McNeil12$51
7Verry ElleegantC. WallerM. Zahra15$13
8MustajeerK. LeesM. Rodd2$67
9Stratum AlbionW. MullinsJ. Childs9$26
10Dashing WilloughbyA. BaldingM. Walker19$101
11FincheC. WallerJ. McDonald6$17
12Prince Of ArranC. FellowsJ. Kah1$9.50
13Surprise BabyP. PreuskerC. Williams7$8.50
14King Of LeogranceD. O'BrienD. Lane18$81
15Russian CamelotD. O'BrienD. Oliver16$13
16Steel PrinceA & S. FreedmanW. Pike21$41
17The Chosen OneM. Baker & A. ForesmanD. Stackhouse5$41
18AshrunA. WohlerD. Bates24$19
19WarningA & S. FreedmanL. Currie8$31
20Etah JamesC. Maher & D. EustaceB. Egan22$151
21Tiger MothA. O'BrienK. McEvoy23$8.50
22OceanexM. Price & M. Kent JnrD. Yendall17$81
23Miami BoundD. O'BrienD. Moor13$26
24PersanC. Maher & D. EustaceM. Dee20$41

Odds are provided by Sportsbet and are correct as of 31/10/2020.

2020 Melbourne Cup Tips

Melbourne Cup Tips: 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.

This campaign has been another light one for him, kicking off in the Feehan Stakes over the mile where he was the second place getter, before having a very unlucky passage in the Turnbull Stakes over 2000m as his next start.

Preusker has been very boyant about how the horse is progressing back at home, saying that this is the horse that can go that extra length needed to win the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Tips: 2020 Next Best Bet - Tiger Moth

He was the second place getter in the Irish Derby behind Santiago who would have been a massive chance in this race had he been fit. 

He was simply too strong last start at Group Three level, although against moderate opposition, he still looked as if he would lap up the 3200m trip of the Cup.

He has the profile to win, being a Northen Hemisphere 3YO, a formula that has seen the likes of Rekindling and Cross Counter win in previous years.

He is the better chance of the O'Brien runners, so we are happy to be in his corner as well on Tuesday.

Melbourne Cup Tips: 2020 Roughie - Stratum Albion

This boy has the profile of previous Melbourne Cup runner Max Dynamite.

Max Dynamite was a hurdler, winning at Galway before winning the Lonsdale Cup, where he then came out to run third in the Melbourne Cup, trained by Willie Mullins.

This horse was okay in a hurdle race at Galway, before tackling the Lonsdale Cup, running second to Enbihaar who is a very good horse over in Europe.

Although I am not expecting him to win, he is the type of horse who could add great value to the exotics if he were to run in the top four.

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.



Having already backed Surprise Baby in the futures market, we will be backing our next best bet Tiger Moth as well.

We need to have a saver on Stratum Albion at rough odds as well.

Best Bet: Surprise Baby To Win @+900 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Next Best Bet: Tiger Moth To Win @+750 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Roughie: Stratum Albion To Win @+2500 at Borgata Sports - 2 Units

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