Melbourne Cup 2020 Tips & Betting Advice

The Melbourne Cup is the world's best staying race and a highlight on the Australian sports calendar, which means the team at has you covered for Melbourne tips, big race preview and predictions and a comprehensive guide to the race that stops a nation.

Ran over the 3200m trip, the greatest staying horses from around the globe descend on Flemington on the first Tuesday in November in search of racing immortality. 

Melbourne Cup Information

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

Melbourne Cup 2020 Betting Odds

The Melbourne Cup betting odds for 2020 has the South Australian Derby winner Russian Camelot as the narrow favourite heading into November's feature. Surprise Baby is on the next line of Melbourne Cup betting while Master Of Wine and King Of Leogrance are next best. Andrew Ramsden Stakes winner Oceanex is one of four horses locked together on the fourth line of betting.

Russian Camelot$11
Surprise Baby$13
Master Of Wine$17
King of Leogrance$21
Shared Ambition$21
Vow And Declare$21

Odds provided by Sportsbet and were correct on June 10, 2020 at 2.42pm AEST

Melbourne Cup Betting Tips

Our experts will have Melbourne Cup betting tips in the lead up to the great race.

We've already delivered our early preview and Melbourne Cup tips and predictions from the futures markets, but check in the weeks and days leading into the Melbourne Cup for our comprehensive guide to the race that stops a nation.

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The Melbourne Cup is the most popular betting race in Australia and one of the world's most famous sporting events. 

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Melbourne Cup 2020 Field

The Melbourne Cup field will be set in the lead up to the event, most likely a week in advance of the race date.

Check back in November for the complete Melbourne Cup 2020 field.

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The Melbourne Cup barrier draw should take place in the days leading into the event.

Check back in the week leading up to the race that stops a nation for a look at the Melbourne Cup barrier draw.

Melbourne Cup Form Guide & Betting Pointers

The Melbourne Cup is one of the hardest races in the world to find a winner in, but that’s not to say it cannot be done.

There are a number of races from Australia and abroad that lead into this race like the Irish St Leger, the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup which can be great indicators of future performance in the race that stops a nation. 

Another event that is a great key indicator is the race itself. 

Many horses tend to compete in the event more than once with Makybe Diva, Max Dynamite and Red Cardinal just three gallopers that have delivered strong performances across multiple cups.

Melbourne Cup Live Stream

Punters can watch the Melbourne Cup live stream on the go or from their phone you can watch the live stream via a number of our trusted online bookmakers.

Simply sign up with a bookie like Sportsbet and you can experience the Melbourne Cup via a live stream.

Melbourne Cup Start Time

The Melbourne Cup start time is always at 3pm AEST on the first Tuesday of November. The Melbourne Cup is almost always the seventh event on the Flemington card.

Melbourne Cup Schedule

The Melbourne Cup Day Schedule is below.

Race Name
Race 1Bumble Stakes
Race 24YO+ Trophy
Race 3R90 Handicap
Race 4R96 Plate
Race 5Flemington Fling
Race 6Jim Beam Black Stakes
Race 7Melbourne Cup
Race 8Furphy Plate
Race 9MSS Security Sprint
Race 10Jockey Club Stakes

Melbourne Cup History

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s most famous races.

First run 1861, the past winners become part of racing folklore the very second after passing the post in front. 

The race started very differently to how it is today.

17 horses contested the first Melbourne Cup under a winner take all system. Archer was the first Melbourne Cup winner. The race routinely grinds Australia to a halt with the hardcore punters and the casuals uniting for one day a year to have a flutter on the race that stops a nation.

Makybe Diva is arguably one of the most famous Melbourne Cup competitors after taking the race out on three consecutive ocassions, but the most notable name to win the race is without question Phar Lap, who won the 1930 Melbourne Cup.

These days the race is arguably the world’s most coveted race. Horses target this race from right around the globe and it can take years to get a horse ready for the race that stops a nation.
Makybe Diva
Makybe Diva won three-straight Melbourne Cups (Getty Images)

Melbourne Cup Results

2019Vow And Declare
2018Cross Counter
2015Prince Of Penzance
2014 Protectionist
2012Green Moon
2006Delta Blues
2005Makybe Diva
2004Makybe Diva
2003Makybe Diva
2002Media Puzzle

Melbourne Cup 2019 Result

1st - Vow And Declare
2nd - Prince Of Arran
3rd - Il Paradiso
Vow And Declare
Vow And Declare holds on to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup (Getty Images)

Melbourne Cup Tickets

Punters wanting to secure their Melbourne Cup tickets ahead of the first Tuesday in November can do so by visiting the official race's website.

Up to 100,000 patrons can attend the Melbourne Cup when there are no crowd restrictions, which means punters will rarely miss out on securing their Melbourne Cup tickets.

Melbourne Cup Social News

To get all the Melbourne Cup social news you should visit the Flemington social media channels.

Flemington's Twitter account can be found at @FlemingtonVRC while their Facebook page is at FlemingtonVRC

The official site can be found at

Melbourne Cup FAQ

When is the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

The 2020 Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Flemington.

How long is the Melbourne Cup?

The staying contest is run over 3200m.

Where is the Melbourne Cup held?

The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.

What time does the Melbourne Cup run?

The Melbourne Cup is held at 3pm every year as the Feature Race of Tuesday racing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Who won the 2019 Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup 2019 was won by Vow And Declare in dramatic blanket finish at Flemington.
The Danny O'Brien-trained horse is the first Australian horse to win the race that stops the nation since Shocking in 2009.

What’s the prize money for the Melbourne Cup?

$8 million is the total prize pool for the Melbourne Cup.


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