Melbourne Cup Day is undoubtedly the most anticipated race day of the year, mainly because it hosts ‘the race that stops a nation’. UBET has compiled a complete list of the 2018 Melbourne Cup Day Races, including odds, race time, prize money and distance. Find out the Flemington favourites, and inform your bet on all races across the Melbourne Cup.
|RACE NO||RACE NAME||TIME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE||MARKET|
|RACE 1||BUMBLE STAKES||10:50AM AEDT||GR3||$150,000||1000m||2YOF SW|
|RACE 2||TAB APP TROPHY||11:30AM AEDT||-||$120,000||1700m||4YO+M HCP|
|RACE 3||GRINDERS COFFEE TROPHY||12:05PM AEDT||-||$120,000||1200m||HANDICAP|
|RACE 4||RONALD MCDONALD CHARITIES PLATE||12:40PM AEDT||-||$120,000||2800m||BM96 HCP|
|RACE 5||FLEMINGTON FLING||1:15PM AEDT||-||$120,000||1000m||3YO SW+P|
|RACE 6||JIM BEAM BLACK STAKES||1:50PM AEDT||LISTED||$150,000||1400m||3YOF SW+P|
|RACE 7||MELBOURNE CUP||3:00PM AEDT||GR1||$7,300,000||3200m||OPEN HCP|
|RACE 8||FURPHY PLATE||4:05PM AEDT||LISTED||$150,000||1800m||QUALITY|
|RACE 9||MSS SECURITY SPRINT||4:45PM AEDT||LISTED||$150,000||1200m||QUALITY|
|RACE 10||HONG KONG JC STAKES||5:20PM AEDT||GR3||$200,000||1400m||4YO+M SW+P|
A field of 12 fillies kick-off Cup day over 1000m. Always a tricky contest and 2018 is no different with just 4 of the 12 having previous race experience.
Champagne Boom has been well supported in the UBET fixed odds market despite drifting from an opening quote of $2.10. Sisstar has also been well supported, the Tony McEvoy trained filly is a full sister to McEvoy’s Group 1 winning filly Sunlight.
An open market with support for a range of runners in this mares handicap. Miss Siska was the early favourite, narrowly ahead of Mamzelle Tess and One More Try.
The capacity field will produce a first-time track winner, amazingly of the 16 starters, none have a Flemington win next to their name.
Samovare has been runner-up in 3 of her 5 appearances at Flemington, however takes on the 1700m for the first time.
There has been a solid go for Mandela Effect in this BM90 handicap. Opening at $16, the Tasmanian trained gelding has firmed to $11 and represents the biggest hold in early trading.
Manuel will carry equal top-weight as he looks to score his first Flemington win at his 5th attempt. The 5YO scored a strong win last start at 1400m under 60kg and will look to replicate, again being ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
Suncraze is a two-time 1400m winner and last start was beaten a half-length in The Kosciuszko. Darren Weir will be represented by the Irish-bred Fifty Stars, who has yet to miss a place in 6 race appearances.
A tough staying 2800m race for the BM96 grade with 16 starters following the early scratching of Shimrano.
Steel Prince looks set to run the favourite for Darren Weir with the 5YO gelding in good form finishing in the top-two at his past 5 starts in succession. A winner of three races, two of those have been over 2400m, including a Mornington win under 60kg from the outside barrier two starts back.
Chris Waller prepares Shraaoh who will have his first Australian start, with the Irish-bred import a Goodwood winner over 2800m under 60.5kg two starts ago. The gelding will carry just 54kg for Kerrin McEvoy.
A 1000m scamper down the Flemington straight for the three-year-olds will bring plenty of speed to the middle of the day.
Proving how open the market is with the favourite at $4.60, there has been support for 7 of the 11 runners in the field.
Nomothaj will be first-up since March when a beaten favourite at Morphettville in a Magic Millions Classic race. The filly has won two of four career starts with both wins coming at Flemington over the 1000m trip. English based Jim Crowley will take the ride.
A listed event for the 3YO fillies at set weights and penalties, the past 4 winners of this race have all been runners on the minimum weight without a penalty.
Beauty has been well backed after opening at $12, the unbeaten Tony McEvoy trained filly has been well supported at every turn, firming to $7. The Smart Missile filly is a last start winner of the Listed Crockett Stakes.
The Hayes/Dabernig trained filly Khulaasa will jump from gate 11, with the Epaulette filly yet to miss a place at Flemington with a record of 4: 1-2-1.
It’s the race that stops a nation and the 2018 edition is shaping as an intriguing contest, an easing favourite, an owner that will be running around in a g-string if his horse wins, Lloyd Williams aiming for an amazing three successive Cups as an owner- it is all pointing towards a cracking race.
Magic Circle has been well supported on the second line of the market and the money continues to flow for the Ian Williams trained gelding. Corey Brown will be looking to become the first jockey since Glen Boss to claim successive Melbourne Cup victories with the win.
After finishing 5th in the 2017 Cup, Nakeeta is back for another shot at the big one, however the International is friendless and is out to triple figure odds.
There are just 4 Australian-bred runners in the field. Can Ace High, Sir Charles Road, Runaway or Youngstar claim the Cup for the Australian breeding scene. 11 locally trained horses will take on 13 prepared outside of Australia in the race that stops a nation. Check out our Melbourne Cup Best Bets and the Melbourne Cup field.
One hour after another chapter in the history of the Melbourne Cup has been played out, there will still be three races left to complete the day and this race looks a case of Waller v Weir.
The nation’s two leading trainers will produce horses in differing preparations for this 1800m handicap. Darren Weir will have Tradesman first-up since finishing 3rd in the Listed Caloundra Cup at 2400m back in June, while Chris Waller will have two runners- Tom Melbourne and Life Less Ordinary on the short back-up from Saturday when taking on the Cantala Stakes.
There has been money for a range of runners, including good support at odds for Kiwia, one of three in the race for Weir, with the best support of Waller’s 4 runners coming for Kaonic who will carry the minimum at 54kg.
A 17 horse field will contest this sprint down Flemington’s famous Straight Six. There will be a wall of horses running towards the winning post, punters will need to keep their focus to see exactly what part of the track their horse is coursing! Will they all stick to the grandstand, will they all go to the rail, or will the field split?
Another race where there has been money for multiple runners in the field. Biggest early hold is for Galaxy Raider, the Grahame Begg trained 6YO will be first-up from a break and has the fresh figures of 5: 1-1-1.
The Weir trained Stellar Collision will be second-up with the Star Witness gelding having a 75% top-3 finish strike-rate when two runs in. The 6YO looks a value play at $19/$6 following his figures.
A set weights and penalties race for the mares and another capacity field has accepted for the Cup day Getout Stakes. Run over 1400m, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes has become synonymous as the last race on Cup day.
Yet another tough race to find a standout performer with Resin the $4.60 race favourite in early trading, however she is not meeting with much support. Our Crown Mistress has been a big firmer after opening at $21, the Waterhouse/Bott trained filly has been backed at every turn, tightening to $11.
Pedrena will carry the top-weight of 59kg and will be second-up from a break. Returning in the Listed Caulfield Village, the Mossman mare has handy figures of 4: 2-1-0 when two runs in and is 2 from 2 at the Flemington 1400m. The Mick Price trained mare might just be the winning ticket to end another first Tuesday in November.
The hats and frocks come out in numbers, and the champagne breakfasts and multitude of celebrity-filled functions are features of the big day. Held at the famous Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November, it is the second day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. However, up until 1875, the Melbourne Cup was held on a Thursday. Other than three of the five years of the Second World War (1942/43/44) when it was staged on a Saturday, the Cup has always been run on the second Tuesday in November.
With a fully grassed track featuring a circumference of over 2312m, Flemington is one of the premier racecourses in Australia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make their way to the iconic track in inner Melbourne. The course is covered in corporate marquees and roses in bloom. In 2013, more than 100,000 people flocked to Flemington. The ten races on ‘that day in November’ in 2014 boast total prize money of over $7.41m, with $6.2m allotted to the Cup alone. Coverage of the day, and the race itself, is extensive across Australia, and has gained traction internationally.
In 2013, 2.5 million people tuned in to see Fiorente cross the line first as the $6.90 favourite. Across its four jurisdictions (QLD, SA, Tas and NT), UBET punters invested a record $58m on all races on Cup Day 2013, including $44m on the big race itself.
About an hour before the horses leave the barriers, UBET’s computer processes around 40,000 bets per minute. With such large pools, customers often enjoy inflated dividends, like the Melbourne Cup First4 in 2012 which paid over $1m, or the trifecta which was worth $48,545.70.
Cup Day is all about the social aspect of racing like fashion, celebration, functions, rubbing shoulders with Aussie icons and international celebrities, and having fun. Of course there is the wagering side, including sweeps, once a year punters, studying the form, or even just following your favourite numbers, colours, jockeys or trainers. While not everyone can make it to their local race track, UBET outlet or Melbourne Cup function, most people take time out at work, or where ever they are, to keep an eye (or an ear) on the race.