Melbourne Cup Tips & Betting Advice 2023

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Melbourne Cup Betting Tips

The Melbourne Cup is the world's best staying race and a highlight on the Australian sports calendar wth the 2023 edition on Tuesday, November 7th.

The team at has you covered for Melbourne Cup tips, big race preview and predictions and a comprehensive guide to the race that stops a nation.

Run 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. provides with Melbourne Cup betting tips and previews and a complete guide to the Group 1 Race The Stops the Nation.

Melbourne Cup Information

  • DateTue 05 Nov, 2024
  • Race Time04:00
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance3200 metres
  • ConditionsOpen Handicap
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$7,300,000

Melbourne Cup 2023 Betting Odds

Vauban created a big impression at Royal Ascot 2023 and then booked his 2023 Melbourne Cup slot with victory via the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes at Naas.

He's among the current favourites for the Melbourne Cup along with defending champion Gold Trip, who has had another strong build up.

Without A Fight, Soulcombe, Absurde and Breakup are all prominent contenders in the Melbourne Cup betting odds for 2023.

Melbourne Cup Tips & Predictions

Our experts provide their Melbourne Cup betting tips in the lead up to the great race.

You can read our Melbourne Cup tips and predictions for the Race The Stops A Nation, as well as a runner-by-runner guide to the race. 

Internationals have a great recent record in this race, including imports that are now trained in Australia such as the 2022 winner Gold Trip.

Melbourne Cup Bookmakers & Promotions

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

Australian betting sites have special offers for customers - both new and existing - on the Melbourne Cup including special odds promotions that can be used on all of the Flemington races on Cup Day. 

A round-up of the Melbourne Cup special betting markets is available via the link along with the best promotions and odds.

If you are looking to sign up with a bookmaker ahead of the Melbourne Cup, check out our top five below and read our bookmaker reviews.
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Melbourne Cup 2023 Field & Barrier Draw

The final field of 24 runners has now been confirmed. Ryan Moore will ride the favourite, Vauban for Willie Mullins, who will also be represented by Ebor winner Absurde. 

Defending champion, Gold Trip carries a kilo more on his back than when he won under Mark Zahra 12 months ago. Craig Williams comes in for the ride on Gold Trip this time around, with Zahra switching to Without A Fight, whom he rode to victory in the Caulfield Cup last month.

Gold Trip is one of five runners for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, who also run Ashrun and Future History, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and Hollie Doyle respectively. 

Rachel King rides Military Mission for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, with "Magic Man" Joao Morerira partnering Soulcombe for Chris Waller.

Japan will be represented by Tatsuya Yoshioka's Breakup. Two-time winner, Joseph O'Brien runs Okita Soushi. Former French star, Lastotchka makes his debut for Mick Price and Michael Kent.

Familiar former European runners Alenquer, More Felons (was Scriptwriter) and Cleveland will represent Australian connections.

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, Prince Of Arran and Red Cadeaux just three gallopers that have delivered strong performances across multiple cups.

Melbourne Cup Live Stream

Want to watch a live stream of the Melbourne Cup from Flemington? A number of bookmakers including DabbleLadbrokes and bet365 stream Australian horse racing live online and you can watch on your PC, Tablet or Smartphone. 

Check out our live streaming guide to find where you can watch the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Start Time

The Melbourne Cup start time is always at 3.00pm 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 1Maribyrnong Plate
Race 2The Macca's Run
Race 3Resimax Group Subzero Handicap
Race 4TAB Trophy
Race 5The Schweppervescence Plate
Race 6Furphy Plate
Race 7Lexus Melbourne Cup
Race 8In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Race 9The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
Race 10MSS Security Sprint

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

2022Gold Trip
2021Verry Elleegant
2020Twilight Payment
2019Vow And Declare
2018Cross Counter
2015Prince Of Penzance
2014 Protectionist
2012Green Moon
2006Delta Blues
2005Makybe Diva
2004Makybe Diva
2003Makybe Diva
2002Media Puzzle

Melbourne Cup 2022 Result

1st - Gold Trip
2nd - Emissary
3rd - High Emocean

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 Melbourne Cup 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 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 2023 Melbourne Cup?

The 2023 Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 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 2022 Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup 2022 was won by Gold Trip for Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace.

What’s the prize money for the Melbourne Cup?

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