Although the final field for the Melbourne Cup race won’t be known until nearer the time, six of the last eight renewals have had 24 horses running in them. Each race from 2008 onwards has had at least 22 runners.
Vow And Declare, ridden by Craig Williams and trained by Danny O’Brien, won the Melbourne Cup race in 2019 beating Irish raider Master Of Reality by a head. The runner-up was later disqualified and demoted to fourth following a stewards’ inquiry. British runner Prince Of Arran was promoted to second.
Most leading online bookmakers will offer Melbourne Cup race betting, so you can place your bets on the race with them. They will have an ante post betting market on the race weeks or even months in advance if you want to get your wagers on early.
Surprise Baby, trained by Paul Preusker, and Russian Camelot from the Danny O’Brien stable are early betting favourites for the Melbourne Cup race this year. From potential overseas runners, Aidan O’Brien Irish trained pair Tiger Moth and Santiago are also prominent in the market.
Since 2005, only one of the Melbourne Cup betting favourites has managed to win the race. That means the market leader has been beaten in the race in 14 of the last 15 years, so you should be wary of backing them.
The Melbourne Cup horse race betting returned a 100/1 (101.00) winner back in 2015, Prince Of Penzance. There was also a 40/1 (41.0) shot, Viewed, who was successful back in 2008, so big price runners and even rank outsiders can win the race.