Melbourne Cup 2019 Betting and Odds Preview

melbourne cupThe Melbourne Cup is one of the most prestigious races on the horse racing calendar. Held in Melbourne, Australia, it is one of the oldest races in the world, dating back to 1861. It’s an annual thoroughbred horse race run over 3,200 metres and open to horses older than 3 years.

The annual race has a long tradition. Run at the Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, the Cup has been graced by many great champions in the past. The Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest “2-mile” handicap race, with a prize purse of A$730,000 in 2018. A big portion of that goes to the winner, which is why every jockey and trainer is hoping to score a win in the Melbourne Cup.

The winner in 2018, Cross Counter, got A$4 million as the main prize. The first twelve horses to finish share the prize purse as well, with the trophies being valued at over A$250,000. As you can see, it’s definitely an incentive for all jockeys and trainers to enter the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup underwent many alterations over the years. After Australia adopted the metric system in 1972, the race was shortened to 3,200 m. (it was previously run over 2 miles).

In terms of winnings, Makybe Diva leads the list with 3 wins (03, 04, and 05). Think Big is second on the list 2 wins, sharing the number of cups with legends such as Archer and Peter Pan. When it comes to trainer wins, Bartholomew “Bart” Cummings tops the list with 12 wins – it’s why he’s nicknamed the Cup King.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup was won by Cross Counter. The race was stressful due to the injury Cliffs of Moher sustained which resulted in the horse being put down. This year, Cross Counter is the odds-on favourite for another win, but horse race betting fans should take a look at all options as there are plenty of enticing ones.

Event Date: 5 November, 2019

BetVision

betvisionEstablished in 2014, BetVision is a veteran in the online bookmaker business and a favourite of many punters. There are well over 20 sports in BetVision’s offer including football and horse racing. The bookmaker is constantly running interesting promos on the Premier League and popular horse races, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise why it’s so popular among UK punters.

From all the horse races in BetVision’s impressive offer, the Melbourne Cup might have the best odds. The upcoming cup that takes place in April has listed all the horses entering with pretty enticing odds. Cross Counter may lead the list, but his odds surely don’t make him a major favourite. The 4-year old is listed at 22/1, which certainly don’t look like the odds of a favourite. In this case he is, leaving the other horses down the list.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy earned his 3rd Melbourne Cup last year riding Cross Counter. The horse is favoured by many racing experts for this year’s Cup as well, but it remains to be seen if the can outrun the competition and go through the finish line first. It surely won’t be an easy feat.

BetEast

beteastAsian bookie is a big operator with offices in six countries. The bookie has a great depth of betting markets and sports, heavily featuring handicaps. The site runs regular promotions such as acca boosts that bring enticing bonuses and has live betting as well, which is all the rage these days. When it comes to the odds, BetEast ranks among the best in the industry, horse betting or otherwise.

For the Melbourne Cup, BetEast has identified last year’s winner Cross Counter as the main favourite at odds of 22/1. The 4-year old Gelding comes in front of A Prince of Arran, Finche, and Marmelo, all available for 28/1. Rostropovich comes next at 33/1, odds which he shares with Youngstar.

It all goes downhill from there – Yukatan is placed at 40/1, while Verdana Blue has odds of 66/1 down the list. As you can see, the bookie can’t quite separate the second and third favourites. Apart from Cross Counter, the other horses aren’t being given big chances of winning the race.

If you closely follow horse racing tips, though, you know that this is the kind of race you should bet on. With such high odds, you should pick your favourite carefully, as there’s too much at stake.

Fun88

fun88Better known as Newcastle United’s shirt sponsor, Fun88 is a fun and promising bookie with offices in the Isle of Man. Regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, it offers a variety of choices in terms of sports and betting markets. Take a look at Fun88’s promotions as well – they often offer great deals you shouldn’t miss.

Horse racing is included in Fun88’s offer, the Melbourne Cup in tow. No surprises in the favourite list, though. Cross Counter is still sitting at top of the list with odds of 22/1. A Prince of Arran, Finche, and Marmelo come next at 28/1, before giving way to the ever-present Rostropovich and Youngstar at 33/1.

Further down the list, Durretto and Magic Circle are stuck in the middle with odds of 50/1, while Ace High, Libran, and Red Cardinal are nailed at the bottom at 250/1.

If you don’t believe that Cross Counter will repeat last year’s success, go for one of the three horses behind him. There are plenty of great choices and odds for this year’s Melbourne Cup, so don’t rush your decision. Take things slowly and you might end up winning a sum 30 times bigger than your deposit.

10Bet

10bet10Bet is a veteran in the bookmaker industry. Present on the market since 2003, it has constantly improved its services and range of sports, becoming a home for thousands of punters. Widely considered a premium bookmaker, 10Bet has extensive coverage of over 20 sports, including horse racing, football, and basketball.

The Melbourne Cup is featured in this bookie’s offer, although with only one market – winning horse. Cross Counter is once again leading the list with odds of 22/1, with the trio of A Prince of Arran, Finche, and Marmelo sharing the second spot at 28/1.

Rostropovich and Youngstar conclude the list of highest-rated possible winners at 33/1 each, with the horses below them not going under 40/1. Cross Counter is the obvious favourite at bookies this year, even with such high odds. If you’re not swayed by the opinion of bookies, try with some of the other options. The trio on the second spot looks like a great pick, and even Rostropovich’s chances shouldn’t be dismissed.

If bookies are to be believed, this year’s Melbourne Cup will be pretty exciting, with more than one favourite vying for the top spot. Pick your options carefully, as there’s a lot of money to be made.