Feature Horse Races
The Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly one of the greatest events on Australia’s sporting calendar. It is known as the race that stops the nation for a good reason. The afternoon of the first Tuesday each November has become an unofficial public holiday – official in some places – where every office and work site pauses so everybody can gather around a television or radio to find out if they’re holding the winning ticket. There are people who only ever bet once a year and it’s always on this race.
The race is held over 3,200 metres at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, where 24 horses compete for a slice of the $6.2 million prize purse on offer. It’s the richest and most prestigious two-mile handicap race in the world, with the winner earning a right to carve their name into Australian sporting history.
The Melbourne Cup is open to horses aged three years and older, with automatic entry given to winners of races such as the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. Automatic entry also goes to the winner of the previous year’s Melbourne Cup, though only five horses have ever managed to claim the double. The legendary Makybe Diva actually managed to win it three times in a row. The rest of the Melbourne Cup field is decided by a ballot that takes into a range of factors such as their performance in lead-up races and their accrued prize money over the previous two years, as well as their allocated handicap weight.
The Cup is managed by the Victorian Racing Club and each year up to 400 horses are nominated. A handy form guide for the horses that will be given a start, let alone have a chance at winning, can be found in the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and other lead-up races.
If you’re looking for Melbourne Cup tips you need to be especially careful who you listen to, as the race is top of conversation across the nation in the days beforehand and everybody has a hot tip to offer. This is the race where you definitely need the advice of the professional analysts who spend their lives studying horse racing. You can find that right here with our Melbourne Cup tips.
Melbourne Cup News
Allen out to go one better in Ballarat Cup
Mathew Toogood 1 day agoAfter finishing second in the 2016 Ballarat Cup, apprentice Ben Allen hopes he can go one better when he rides Mr Garcia in the $300,000 race.
Back-to-back wins for Doukhan
Chris Barclay 1 day agoInjury-plagued stayer Doukhan has continued a successful resurgence from tendon problems by notching consecutive wins for his patient ownership group.
The Golden Slipper breaks Melbourne’s monopoly on Australia’s greatest horse races, giving one of the year’s most anticipated events to Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The Golden Slipper is a 1,200-metre sprint for two-year-olds, with a $3.5 million prize purse that makes it the richest two-year-old race in the world.
There are 16 horses in the Golden Slipper field and each one of them has worked exceptionally hard to get there. Many of the positions in the starting barrier go to horses that have won the most prize money so far in their career, while the rest are given to the winners of the Silver Slipper Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Magic Night Stakes, Todman Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. That makes those races the best place to start looking if you’re searching for Golden Slipper tips. Other lead-up races that are traditionally worth watching include the Group 2 Reisling Stakes and Group 2 Todman Stakes, but some of the Golden Slipper winners in recent years have also come through the Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes.
If you’re looking for a shortcut, the best place to find Golden Slipper tips is right here. They come from our professional analysts, who spend every waking hour studying the potential field of horses, and they appear next to all the statistics and other information that allow you to make up your own mind.
Golden Slipper News
Secret Lady continues Magic Millions quest
Chris Barclay 7 hours agoTrainer Gary Portelli's bid to qualify two-year-old filly Secret Lady for the Magic Millions will continue at Rosehil.
Gongs sounds warning with winning debut
Chris Barclay 1 day agoPromising Godolphin two-year-old filly Gongs has won her first start in convincing fashion at the Canterbury midweek meeting.
That's Freedom freed from family rivalry
Chris Barclay 1 day agoFather-and-son training rivals Frank and Joe Cleary are no longer going head-to-head at Rosehill but their trip to Sydney could still be memorable.
The Cox Plate is known as “the race where legends are born”. It has witnessed some of the greatest moments in Australian racing history, such as Phar Lap’s 1931 win that is still fondly remembered today. A more recent legendary moment was last year’s victory by Winx, claiming the title for the second year in the row on its way to being named the world’s greatest horse on turf by Longines. At the same recent award ceremony, Longines also ranked the Cox Plate as the best turf horse race in the world, splitting the honour with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. The Cox Plate is the only Southern Hemisphere race to be part of the prestigious World Series.
The Cox Plate is a 2040-metre weight-for-age race that takes place at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley. The prize purse of just over $3 million makes it one of the highest sought victories in Australian racing and each year around 200 horses are nominated for a shot at joining the 14-horse field. Only the best horses have a chance, earning the Cox Plate its other nickname: the greatest two minutes in sport.
The Cox Plate is sometimes regarded as a race that is only for more serious punters, but that doesn’t have to be the case. All you need for a chance to win are some good tips and you can find those right here. A great benefit of the Cox Plate is that almost every lead-up race has an impact on who will run and have a chance at winning. Those are the races our professional analysts are constantly studying to make sure you have the best Cox Plate tips.
Cox Plate News
Moonee Valley redevelopment unveiled
AAP 1 day agoA realignment of the Moonee Valley racetrack and a new grandstand is set to be built after the running of the 2020 Cox Plate.
Fourth Cox Plate tantalising for Winx
Rebecca Gredley 2 days agoPart-owner Peter Tighe says Winx could be aimed at a fourth Cox Plate, but racing overseas may impede the mare's preparation for the challenge.
Strong hand for Macedon Lodge in Zipping
AAP 6 days agoRobert Hickmott is set to have his final runners as trainer for Lloyd Williams' Macedon Lodge in the Zipping Classic at Sandown.
The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 thoroughbred race that is run every October at the Caulfield Racecourse as one of the major opening acts of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is one of the most prestigious races in Australia, beaten only by the Melbourne Cup. The 2,400-metre race has a prize purse of more than $3 million, which makes it the world’s richest handicap over that distance.
The Caulfield Cup field includes 18 horses aged three years or older. One of the reasons to watch the race closely, apart from the spectacle of the event in itself, is that it can be a good guide for both the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate. Another reason the Caulfield Cup result is watched so closely by everybody in the horse racing industry is that it grants direct entry into the Melbourne Cup.
The Caulfield Cup odds deserve close study because the system of choosing the horses always makes for a very even field. Hundreds of horses vie for a chance to enter the race, which is only possible through a ballot that takes into account factors such as recent wins and accrued prize money.
Currently, the Caulfield Cup is a handicap race, though the Melbourne Racing Club is considering changing it to a weight-for-age race in a bid to attract more international entries. A revolutionary change like that will increase the need for professional Caulfield Cup tips. It’s going to become harder to pick the next winner and that’s why we are here to help.