Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is a 3,200-metre race that is run at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of every November. It is the richest turf race in the world, with a prize purse of $6.2 million. It is Australia’s most prestigious horse race and the country’s most-watched sporting event. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of Australians over the age of 14 watch it each year, cheering for the horse they have chosen or picked out of the office sweep. It has come to be known as the race that stops a nation, which is a huge cry from the running of the first race in 1861 which attracted just 4,000 people. The inaugural race would have been much less spectacular, but at least bar service would have been a lot easier.

The Melbourne Cup field of 24 horses is selected by a ballot that considers a number of factors, including the allocated handicap weight and the accrued prize money of each horse. Each year between 300 and 400 horses are nominated. Automatic entry goes to the winners of the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, while the winner of the previous Melbourne Cup also gets a guaranteed start. Throughout the history of the race only five horses have managed to turn this into back-to-back wins, including the winner of the first race in 1861, Archer. Only one horse has managed to do it three times, the legendary Makybe Diva in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

The best Melbourne Cup tips can usually be found by watching the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, both of which have fields packed with Australia’s best horses. The fact that all of Australia watches the Melbourne Cup, gambling around $70 million on it each year, means that everybody has a tip for the winner. Most of them only pick up a form guide once a year for this specific race and shouldn’t be listened to. For genuine Melbourne Cup tips, from professional analysts who devote their lives to studying the sport, this is the ideal place to come.

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Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper is a 1,200-metre sprint for two-year-olds that takes place in March each year at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. It is the richest two-year-old race in the world, offering a prize purse of $3.5 million. It is one of the greatest highlights of the year on Australia’s racing calendar and is easily the most watched race in Sydney.

There are two ways to enter the Golden Slipper field of 16 horses. The first is to win one of a number of lead-up races that guarantee a starting position, including the Silver Slipper Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Todman Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. The other way to join the Golden Slipper field is for a horse to perform exceptionally well in the early stages of their career, as the remaining positions in the starting barrier are given to the horses that have accrued the most prize money. This means the field is comprised of Australia’s best two-year-old horses, making it a fascinating event to watch and an even better one to bet on.

The younger age of the horses means it is not always as easy to pick a winner as it is with an older field. It takes very careful study of lead-up races, particularly qualifying races such as the Reisling Stakes and Todman Stakes. Over the past few years many clues for the Golden Slipper result have also been found in the Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. Our professional analysts are closely watching all of these races, along with many others, and will be able to give you the best possible Golden Slipper tips.

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Cox Plate

The Cox Plate is a 2040-metre weight-for-age race for three-year-olds and open class horses. It is held every year in October at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley, neatly sandwiched between the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne cup as one of the highlights of the Spring Racing Carnival. Its prize purse of $3 million is highly sought and has given rise to some of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history, such as the classic win by Phar Lap in 1931 that still ranks as one of the milestones in Australian racing.

The Cox Plate is known variably as “the race where legends are made” and “the greatest two minutes in sport”. It was recently named the best turf horse race in the world by the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards and it is the only horse race in the Southern Hemisphere to be associated with the World Cup. Other members of the World Cup include such prestigious events as America’s Arlington Million and Britain’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

The Cox Plate field is made up of 14 horses, which are chosen each year from around 200 nominees. When the final field is announced on the Tuesday before the race at a special function in Melbourne’s CBD, it is one of the most closely watched and studied events in the Australian horse industry.

It can be quite difficult to bet on this race, as the Cox Plate field is made up of only Australia’s best horses and competition can be very even. Every horse has a chance to win. However, that’s no reason to leave the Cox Plate to only the “serious” punters. All you need are the Cox Plate tips from our professional analysts, who spend their lives studying every horse in the field and will easily be able to point you in the right direction.

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Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is a 2,400-metre handicap race that takes place each October at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse. Its prize purse of more than $3 million gives it the honour of being the richest handicap race over that distance in the world.

The Caulfield Cup field of 18 horses is chosen through a ballot, with factors taken into account that include the prize money that’s been accrued by each horse and their performance in the various lead-up races. Winners of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup gain automatic entry. There’s a chance the Caulfield Cup will soon be changed to a weight-for-age event, but that is yet to be decided.

This race has a special place in the heart of our professional analysts and they particularly enjoy putting together the Caulfield Cup tips. The lead-up races to study, offering the best clues of the Caulfield Cup result, include the Metropolitan, Spring Champion Stakes, Craven Plate, Yalumba Stakes and Cranbourne Cup.

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