2019 Melbourne Cup Tips & Betting Predictions - can the internationals take home the Cup again?

The imported runners look to have a mortgage on the Melbourne Cup at Flemington this November
The Melbourne Cup runs on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

2019 Melbourne Cup Preview, Tips & Betting Predictions

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest thoroughbred race in Australia and the best stayers from around the world take on the 3200m at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.

Overseas and imported runners are dominating the Melbourne Cup this century as the local staying stock continues to dwindle. We have targeted some of the best offshore talent for the 2019 Melbourne Cup on November 5.

DateTuesday November 5, 2019
Prize Money$7.3 million

2019 Melbourne Cup Best Bet - Fierement @ 21.00

The Japanese runners should always be respected in the Melbourne Cup and the signs look good for Fierement.

The four-year-old colt won the Japanese St. Leger before taking out the Tenno Sho (Spring) at Kyoto and that race always stacks up nicely throughout the world.

He's a son of Deep Impact which will see out the two-mile distance and given his firming in the 2019 Melbourne Cup betting market, we're confident he can produce a good effort.

2019 Melbourne Cup Best Each Way - Defoe @ 26.00

Defoe is a Roger Varian-trained runner which has plenty of quality wins in Europe. The five-year-old won the Group 1 Coronation Cup in May and that's a great form guide for the Melbourne Cup.

We've already seen the European form stack up well in the Melbourne Cup with Europeans winning the last two races. He's an older type than those winners, but his staying ability should see him run close.

Defoe wins the Coronation Cup

The son of Dalakhani was good enough to run in four consecutive Group 1 races and that's certainly better form than any of the local Melbourne Cup entrants.

2019 Melbourne Cup Best Roughie - Raa Atoll @ 34.00

Luke Comer lines up the up-and-coming type which would get into the Melbourne Cup with a light weight.

The four-year-old was a winner of the Group 2 Oleander-Rennen in Germany and he ran second behind Best Solution in the Princess of Wales Stakes.

We've seen Best Solution come out and win in Melbourne so that's a good form guide going forward.

Raa Atoll is a horse that spring a surprise result.

Best Bet: Fierement - 21.00 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Defoe - 26.00 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Raa Atoll - 34.00 @ bet365 

2018 Melbourne Cup result

The Melbourne Cup again went to the visitors with Cross Counter giving Godolphin their first Melbourne Cup after many years of trying.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, the British three-year-old sat behind the speed and found the front late in the race to defeat Marmelo and Lexus Stakes' winner A Prince of Arran finishing in third.

It was an action-packed race with noted front-runner Best Solution missing the jump by 10 lengths and The Cliffsofmoher was pulled out of the race after fracturing its shoulder and was subsequent put down by race-day vets.

Favourites Yucatan and Magic Circle were disappointing in the run but with the track conditions heavily marred by heavy rainfall on the day, there can be excuses made for many runners.

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