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2021 Melbourne Cup Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Melbourne Cup is the feature of the Spring Carnival
  • This feature is run over 3200 metres
  • Can Spanish Mission dominate in Australia?
Melbourne Cup Tips
Spanish Mission (left) is our Melbourne Cup best bet. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 01 Nov 2021
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The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation', run over 3200m at Australia's premier track, Flemington.
  • Melbourne Cup 2021 Barriers & Final Field
  •  2021 Melbourne Cup Tips
  • Melbourne Cup FAQs

Worth a total of $8 million, this race holds great prestige to those that have won, including some greats of the turf including Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Might And Power, Kiwi and Rain Lover.

Although recent history says you need to find an international to win the Melbourne Cup, Australia's very own Incentivise dominates the market.

Melbourne Cup 2021 Barriers & Final Field

1TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O'Brien Jye McNeil 2 58kg$11
2INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 1657kg$2.35
3SPANISH MISSION (USA) Andrew Balding Craig Williams 1457kg$7.50
4VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 1957kg$15
5EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 454kg$46
6THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 554kg$46
7DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 353.5kg $35
8OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 1353.5kg$151
9SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Ron Stewart 2453.5kg$61
10JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 2253kg$101
11KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Daniel Stackhouse 953kg$151
12PERSANCiaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 11 53kg$27
13CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Blaike McDougall 852.5kg$151
14MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 652.5kg $151
15PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Ms Rachel King 152.5kg$34
16GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 2152kg$19
17MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O'Brien Patrick Moloney 1752kg$126
18PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 2352kg$201
19SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 20 52kg$151
20FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 15 51.5kg $151
21TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 1251kg$16
22FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 1050kg$17
23GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Dee 7 50kg$26
24SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 1850kg$20
Odds provided by Sportsbet. Correct on 30/11 - 7.04pm

 2021 Melbourne Cup Tips

Melbourne Cup 2021 Best Bet - Spanish Mission

I have been following this horse since June of 2020, waiting for him to to run in this very race, and hasn't he gone to another level in the last 12 months?

He has become one of the world's best stayers, running third in the Ascot Gold Cup two starts back behind Subjectivist, beating Stardivarius in the process, before finding himself in a two-horse war with the latter in the Lonsdale Cup, just coming up short against one of the world's best.

We know Stradivarius is not at his best, but he still towelled up a handy field two starts back and did not disgrace himself last start behind Trueshan in the wet, showing that his form is still up there with the world's best.

Spanish Mission - $7.50Melbourne Cup Best BetBET HERE
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Melbourne Cup 2021 Next Best Bet - Incentivise

He is the Australian benchmark after his Caulfield Cup win in dominant fashion, showing that he really could be one of the world's best stayers.

One thing we know about Incentivise is that they have always believed he can stay, and that if it came down to a two-horse war, he finds something within that simply should not happen.

If the son of Shamus Award runs out a strong 3200m, he is the one they need to beat, but who wants to take $2.35 in a Melbourne Cup?

Incentivise - $2.35Melbourne Cup Next Best BetBET HERE
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Melbourne Cup 2021 Value Bet - Grand Promenade

Had he drawn closer in, he would be a big light weight chance, but the barriers have not favoured this progressive Maher/Eustace galloper.

Grand Promenade gets in light with 52kg and gets multiple Melbourne Cup winning jockey in Kerrin McEvoy on board, so we can trust that he will give his mount every chance.

His Bart Cummings win rated very highly and although he may be facing two superstars, he is the one that give a site as stablemate Persan did last year.

Grand Promenade - $19.00Melbourne Cup Value BetBET HERE
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Melbourne Cup FAQs

When is the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

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

Where is the Melbourne Cup held?

The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

What distance is the Melbourne Cup?

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

Who won the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

Twlight Payment won the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

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.



We will be cheering for Spanish Mission with a futures bet at $101, but saving on Incentivise in what looks a two horse race.

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