Emirates Melbourne Cup 2017
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous horse race. Held on the first Tuesday of every November, it is run over the gruelling 3200 metres. In 2017, the Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday 7th November at the usual Melbourne Cup time 3pm AEDT and will be worth $6.2 million. Melbourne Cup Day attracts a crowd normally over 100,000 people.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by 7yo gelding Almandin, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and trained by Robert Hickmott and carried 52kg. Almandin won by a nose from Heartbreak City and third was Hartnell. The owner of Almandin is Lloyd Williams, the master of Melbourne Cup owners.
The 2015 Melbourne Cup was Prince of Penance at a boilover price of 100-1 and was trained by Darren Wier and ridden by Michelle Payne, the first female rider to ever win the Cup and carried. Prince of Penzance is a 6yo gelding and carried 53kg to beat Max Dynamite and Criterion.
Melbourne Cup horse racing tips and betting markets have been out since immediately after the 2016 Melbourne Cup results and have had some slight movements with the completion of the Melbourne and Sydney Autumn Carnivals and the recently concluded Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Melbourne Cup 2017 tipping and betting (top markets) –
$15 Red Cardinal
$17 Francis of Assisi
$21 Crocodile Rock
$26 Egg Tart, Exospheric, Vazirabad, Wall of Fire, Big Duke, Oceanographer, Almandin, Hartnell, Cheval Grand
$34 Big Orange, Ruthven, Qewy
There is a number of interesting nominations amongst the 2017 Melbourne Cup field. As the horse continues to gain its significant international profile, the internationals tend to dominate the early betting and this is the case again this year.
The Melbourne Cup is part of the broader Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and more specifically the Melbourne Cup Carnival week. Within the Melbourne Cup week includes Derby Day on the Saturday prior, Oaks Day the Thursday after and Emirates Day on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.
Emirates Melbourne Cup 2017 – Quick Facts
There are a number of very interesting but not so known facts about Australia’s most prestigious distance race, the Melbourne Cup and they include:
* The fastest time was by Kingston Rule in 1990 at 3 hours 16.30 seconds
* Most wins are 3 by Makybe Diva
* Barrier 5 is the barrier where the most winners have started
* Jockeys Harry White and Bobby Lewis have ridden the most winners
* The weight that the most winners has carried is 54.5kg
* Legendary trainer Bart Cummings has trained the most winners, 12 in total