The race that stops a nation, that is the weight of interest that lies in the Melbourne Cup. Since its introduction back in 1861 it has grown to become one of the most prestigious horse races around the world. Not only that, it is one of most highly attended sporting events in Australia, the crowd playing their own part from being dressed in costume to high dress. Hosted at the Victoria Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, it is hosted on the first Tuesday in November, so there is year long anticipation in build up for the two mile thoroughbred flat race. It is a big part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival event, the calumniation of it after the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate.

The Melbourne Cup betting is one of the busiest days of the year for bookmakers, and online betting sites will be taking strong ante post markets throughout the year for it. When looking for long term ante post horse racing markets, always try and find some coverage at a bookmaker, like CrownBet who offer a refund of stake if your ante post selection is not in the first set of nominations. This gives some good security to your ante post racing for big events, such as the Melbourne Cup. The earlier the listing of course, the greater the list of entries, before any confirmations for the race are produced.

Back in 1985 The Melbourne Cup became the first ever race to be ran in Australia with a prize fund of $1 million dollars on it. In 2012, the figure of prize money had jumped up to over $6,000,000. Makybe Diva is the most successful runner ever at the Melbourne Cup, taking the title on a hat trick run of victories from 2003 through 2005.

As with all horse racing, digging into statistics and form, not only of the horses, but for the jockeys as well, can prove to be the difference between success and failure. Fortunately online betting sites lend a massive helping hand in this regard, with in-depth horse racing dedicated sections so that you can look at all the stats that you want to. The Melbourne Cup is generally anything but predictable and not since Makybe Diva’s dominance in the mid 2000’s has anyone looked like making the race their own.

Therefore, each way betting is always a great way to go, because Melbourne Cup odds generally tend to hang out a little bit longer than other races, because of the competitive, demanding nature of the battle in Melbourne. In early showing for the 2013 Melbourne Cup betting, Mount Athos and Puissance De Lune could be taken around 8/1, offering fantastic value for money, even with an each way wager.

Because this is one of those special races which attract even the attention of casual horse racing bettors, you will see everything being offered from Sweeps to heavy multiple bet options, and trying to strike a betting treble across the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate is something of a Holy Grail in horse racing.