Melbourne Cup Betting
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On a beautiful summer afternoon last year the closest horse race in the history of the Melbourne Cup was run, Dunaden edged out Red Cadeaux by the smallest of margins to take home the Melbourne Cup.
Luckily for me I’d got on Red Cadeaux early each way with Betfair and snapped up $48 odds! what made it even sweeter it was a $100 free bet I managed to get via my Betwiser.com.au promo code, this netted me a tidy sum that paid for the rest of the day, and night out!
As the Melbourne Cup is the greatest race day of the year and even a public holiday in Victoria I’d recommend that you get on a few of your choice picks nice and early. You’ll beat the rush and the risk of any of the big betting sites going down, which often happens on Melbourne Cup Day itself.
Melbourne Cup Tips
The early money seems to be pointing towards the two favorites, Americain and Dunaden. I’ve found Sportsbet.com.au are offering a “paying out for first four” deal as they did last year, which also netted me some cash, as my backup plan involved tipping Americain each way which fortunately, for me, finished fourth in 2011.
History of the Melbourne Cup 1861 to 2012
The Melbourne Cup, ‘the race that stops a nation’, has certainly played a role in defining Australia’s national and cultural identity, and will continue to do so for many years to come. Its history is as interesting as the race itself. In 1861, in front of approximately 4,000 spectators, Archer became the first winner of the Cup. In a nation that was already developing a passion for thoroughbred racing, the Melbourne Cup offered just that little bit extra.
During the early days, Flemington wasn’t much of a track – with not much in the way of stands or rails – but due to the quality of the thoroughbreds being raced, as well as the fashions, picnic parties and sideshows, the Cup soon began to attract the attention of the elite crowd. This, in turn, attracted the attention of the general public in a big way, particularly as the Victorian gold rush had made a few new fortunes. By 1880, the attendance rate had soared to around 100,000, which was quite a feat for that time, considering Melbourne’s population was only 290,000, however, there were plenty of spectators travelling from further afield to attend too. One of the primary non-racing events at the Carnival is the fashion, and over the years, the Cup has been attended by some seriously fashionable folk, including Princess Diana, Priscilla Presley, Sarah O’Hare, Carson Kressley, Stevie Nicks, Eva Longoria and Chloe Sevigne. The Cup has even been credited with helping to launch the mini-skirt, when model Jean Shrimpton controversially wore one in 1965.
The main focus of the Melbourne Cup, however, has always been the champion horses, and the Melbourne Cup betting. Some of these horses are very well known, and include names such as Carbine (1890), Phar Lap (who won at the shortest Melbourne Cup odds in 1930), Peter Pan (1932 and 1934), Comic Court (1950), Rising Fast (1954), Rain Lover (1968 & 1969), Kiwi (1983), Vintage Crop (1993), Might and Power (1997) and Makybe Diva (2003, 2004 & 2005).
Melbourne Cup fame extends to horse trainers and jockeys too, from trainers Etienne de Mestre (1860s/1870s), and Lee Freedman (1980s/90s & 2000s) who have both trained five Cup winners, to the ‘Melbourne Cup King’ Bart Cummings, who since 1965 has won 12 Cups. Jockeys such as Bobby Lewis (1902,’15,’19 & ’27) and Harry White (1974,’75,’78,’79) hold records for the most Cup wins.
When the Cup first ran, the race club committee likely had no idea of the eventual success of the event. After a century and a half of racing, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap and most popular race in Australia, as well as being among the richest horseraces in the world.Melbourne Cup Betting – Melbourne Cup 2012 Free Bet!,