Melbourne Cup Day is undoubtedly the most anticipated race day of the year, mainly because it hosts ‘the race that stops a nation’. UBET has compiled a complete list of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Day Races, including odds, race time, prize money and distance. Find out the Flemington favourites, and inform your bet on all races across the Melbourne Cup.
|1||EMIRATES 100TH A380 STAKES||11:00 AEDT||1000 M||$150,000|
|2||TAB TROPHY||11:40 AEDT||1700 M||$120,000|
|3||LAVAZZA SHORT BLACK (BM90)||12:15 AEDT||1400 M||$120,000|
|4||RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE (BM96)||12:50 AEDT||2800 M||$120,000|
|5||FLEMINGTON FLING||13:25 AEDT||1000 M||$120,000|
|6||LEXUS HYBRID PLATE||14:00 AEDT||1400 M||$150,000|
|7||EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP||15:00 AEDT||3200 M||$6,000,000|
|8||JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM STAKES||16:05 AEDT||1800 M||$150,000|
|9||MSS SECURITY SPRINT||16:45 AEDT||1200 M||$150,000|
|10||HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB STAKES||17:20 AEDT||1400 M||$200,000|
Twelve runners will line up in the opener on Cup Day, with just two runners having faced the starter in their career.
Qafila is the UBET favourite off the back of her debut win at Caulfield where the filly was able to arrive in time to post a long neck victory.
The Chris Waller trained Invincibella will run the favourite, representing over 50% of all bets in the UBET market.
The 4YO mare will carry the Waller/Bowman combination that has been so dominant on the Australian turf through thee deeds of Winx.
The interesting runner is the Argentinian bred Tahanee for Darren Weir, a mare that has yet to place in four starts since arriving in Weir’s care.
A field of 13 will take on the Lavazza and the UBET market is wide open.
Land Of Plenty, Dollar For Dollar, New Universe and Milwaukee are all well supported at the top of the market.
Jamie Kah dominated the Adelaide scene last season and has joined with master trainer Tony McEvoy for this season and will take the ride on Dollar For Dollar, a 5YO that will shooting for 3 successive victories.
With the exception of the Melbourne Cup, this race is the longest race on the day at 2800m.
With a close to capacity field, Granddukeoftuscany looks likely to run the UBET favourite. A member of the Hickmott/Williams team, he will wear the same colours as Almandin will sport later in the day in the Cup.
Ubin Thunderstruck for Darren Weir is also likely to be well supported.
A 1000m scamper down the Flemington straight for the three-year-olds will bring plenty of speed to the middle of the day.
Madeenaty will be looking to turn around her fortunes from Cup day last year when she was defeated in the first race of the day as a short priced favourite.
The Robert Smerdon trained Property finished 4th last start to the smart Snitty Kitty and despite carrying the 59.5kg top-weight looks likely to run the punters-elect.
A race restricted to three-year-old fillies, there has been a push ever since the fields were released for the Waterhouse/Bott trained Our Crown Mistress.
A filly that looks to have a bright future, the daughter of Star Witness has faced the starter on four occasions, finishing a nose 2nd on debut and winning each of her next 3 starts.
The Magic Man Joao Moreira will take the ride on the Phillip Stokes trained Counterplay, a filly that ran a one length 3rd to Our Crown Mistress at her last start.
It’s the race that stops a nation and the 2017 edition is shaping as one of the most open in Cup history.
Marmelo looks likely to start the UBET favourite, with punters impressed by how the International attacked the line in the Caulfield Cup.
The 2016 winner Almandin is pressuring Marmelo for the favourites tag and a victory would see Frankie Dettori claim his first Cup at his 16th attempt.
12 Australian trained runners will take on 11 internationally prepared runners with Who Shot Thebarman succumbing to a virus and unable to take his place.
One hour after the completion of the Cup and there are still three races left to complete Cup day.
This race over the 1800m will feature four last start winners amongst a host of in-form runners in what looks just as hard as the Melbourne Cup to find the winner. Lubiton and Odeon are two of the last start winners that are contesting favouritism.
Odeon was the first emergency and has been able to squeeze into the field with a pair of scratchings. There is plenty of Group form in this Listed race, with seven runners boasting a last start in a Group event.
This race was taken out by the Snowden trained Flippant in 2016, a mare that has been unable to win another race since that victory in seven attempts.
The Snowdens return again in 2017 with a mare looking to claim the race, putting the polish on Nancy a four-time winner that will sear blinkers for the first time.
Run down the famous Flemington “Straight-Six”, there will be a wall of horses running towards the winning post, punters will need to keep their focus to see exactly what part of the track their horse is coursing!
Run over 1400m, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes has become synonymous as the last race on Cup day.
White Moss is a narrow favourite with UBET punters, narrowly over Fuhryk who is a last start winner at Caulfield over 1100m.
The Henry Dwyer trained Swampland has been well supported and might just be the winning ticket to end another first Tuesday in November.
The hats and frocks come out in numbers, and the champagne breakfasts and multitude of celebrity-filled functions are features of the big day. Held at the famous Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November, it is the second day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. However, up until 1875, the Melbourne Cup was held on a Thursday. Other than three of the five years of the Second World War (1942/43/44) when it was staged on a Saturday, the Cup has always been run on the second Tuesday in November.
With a fully grassed track featuring a circumference of over 2312m, Flemington is one of the premier racecourses in Australia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make their way to the iconic track in inner Melbourne. The course is covered in corporate marquees and roses in bloom. In 2013, more than 100,000 people flocked to Flemington. The ten races on ‘that day in November’ in 2014 boast total prize money of over $7.41m, with $6.2m allotted to the Cup alone. Coverage of the day, and the race itself, is extensive across Australia, and has gained traction internationally.
In 2013, 2.5 million people tuned in to see Fiorente cross the line first as the $6.90 favourite. Across its four jurisdictions (QLD, SA, Tas and NT), UBET punters invested a record $58m on all races on Cup Day 2013, including $44m on the big race itself.
About an hour before the horses leave the barriers, UBET’s computer processes around 40,000 bets per minute. With such large pools, customers often enjoy inflated dividends, like the Melbourne Cup First4 in 2012 which paid over $1m, or the trifecta which was worth $48,545.70.
Cup Day is all about the social aspect of racing like fashion, celebration, functions, rubbing shoulders with Aussie icons and international celebrities, and having fun. Of course there is the wagering side, including sweeps, once a year punters, studying the form, or even just following your favourite numbers, colours, jockeys or trainers. While not everyone can make it to their local race track, UBET outlet or Melbourne Cup function, most people take time out at work, or where ever they are, to keep an eye (or an ear) on the race.