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2019 Melbourne Cup - Can the internationals take home the Cup again?

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

Melbourne Cup

  • DateTue 03 Nov, 2020
  • Race Time04:00
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance3200 metres
  • ConditionsOpen Handicap
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$7,300,000

2019 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw & Field

1Cross Counter5C ApplebyW Buick12.00
2Mer De Glace2H ShimizuD Lane7.50
3Master of Reality1J O'BrienF Dettori15.00
4Mirage Dancer13Busuttin/YoungB Melham26.00
5Southern France14Maher/EustaceM Zahra26.00
6Hunting Horn11A O'BrienS Heffernan26.00
7Latrobe22J O'BrienJ McDonald23.00
8Mustajeer6K LeesD Oliver18.00
9Rostropovich12Lindsay ParkD Dunn51.00
10Twilight Payment19J O'BrienH Bowman81.00
11Finche4C WallerK McEvoy9.50
12Prince of Arran8C FellowesM Walker20.00
13Raymond Tusk3R HannonJ Spencer15.00
14Downdraft15J O'BrienJ Allen15.00
15Magic Wand24A O'BrienR Moore23.00
16Neufbosc23Lindsay ParkL Nolen126.00
17Sound10M MoroneyJ Winks81.00
18Surprise Baby20P PreuskerJ Childs17.00
19Constantinople7Lindsay ParkJ Moreira8.50
20Il Paradiso17A O'BrienW Lordan14.00
21Steel Prince16A FreedmanB Prebble71.00
22The Chosen One18Baker/ForsmanT Clark91.00
23Vow And Declare21D O'BrienC Williams13.00
24Youngstar9C WallerT Berry41.00
Odds courtesy of BetEasy

2019 Melbourne Cup Best Bet - Mer De Glace @ 11.00

The Japanese runners have had a mortgage on the Melbourne Spring Carnival and Mer De Glace is apart of that.

He scored an emphatic win in the Caulfield Cup when fresh up in Australia and we can see that form holding steady for the big dance.

Jockey Damian Lane is fresh off winning the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, so winning the treble would be an incredible feat.

There's nothing wrong with the form of Mer De Glace and with every chance in the run, he looks the hardest to beat in a wide-open Cup field.

2019 Melbourne Cup Best Each Way - Vow And Declare @ 15.00

Representing Australia, Vow And Declare put the writing on the wall when running second in the Caulfield Cup.

He was only a length behind Mer De Glace and he's only going to improve with more racing under his belt.

The four-year-old has more upside than most runners in this field and with a light weight on his back, he looks a top chance of winning.

Punters are getting each-way odds for Vow And Declare and they're worth taking.

2019 Melbourne Cup Best Roughie - Hunting Horn @ 21.00

Hunting Horn burst into Cups contender when winning the Moonee Valley Gold Cup last Saturday.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained stayer worked to the nicely impressively when holding out Mr Quickie and Downdraft.

Considering that was his first run in Australia, it was a good effort and there's no reason why he couldn't win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

He's another runner paying good odds to win.

Melbourne Cup FAQ

When is the 2019 Melbourne Cup?

The 2019 Melbourne Cup is run on Tuesday November 5, 2019. It's always held on the first Tuesday in November.

Where is the Melbourne Cup run?

The Melbourne Cup is run at Flemington on Day 2 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It's the only Group 1 on the card at Flemington on the Tuesday card.

How much is the Melbourne Cup worth?

The Melbourne Cup has a total prize pool of $8 million and every runner in the Cup is guaranteed to make a profit. Placings 1-24 are all paid out.

How long is the Melbourne Cup?

The 24-horse field takes part over 3200m (16 furlongs). It's one of the longest races held in Australia.

Who won the 2018 Melbourne Cup?

European four-year-old Cross Counter won the 2018 Melbourne Cup at a light weight.

How to live stream the Melbourne Cup

Punters can live stream the Melbourne Cup at BetEasy, which streams all Victorian races live. Bet365 also has a streaming service.


Mer De Glace is coming off a win in the Caulfield and should be highly respected to win the Melbourne Cup.

We have to pick a local runner as well, so we're going with Vow And Declare. He ran second in the Caulfield Cup and could improve to win.

Hunting Horn is a top European which has experience winning in Australia.

Best Bet: Mer De Glace @10.00 at bet365 - 5 Units
Best Each Way: Vow And Declare @15.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best Roughie: Hunting Horn @21.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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