Australia Your ultimate guide to betting on the 2021 Melbourne Cup

04:21  02 november  2021
04:21  02 november  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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It is that time again when once-a-year punters try to make sense of the bewildering  form guide, and even before they select a Melbourne Cup horse the question is - how exactly do I place a bet?

Daily Mail Australia has broken down exactly what you need to do before you head into your local TAB or pub to enjoy a flutter.

And of course in a digital age, bets can also be placed via the proliferating array of betting apps you can download free onto your smartphone - including the likes of TAB, Ladbrokes and Sportsbet.

Picking a Melbourne Cup winner is not a easy task with 23 horses in the field  (following the late scratching of Future Score) you will need plenty of luck on your side.

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The form analysts believe the favourite Incentivise ($3) will blitz his rivals over 3200 metres but is at very short odds, with American-bred stallion Spanish Mission ($10) and last year's winner Twilight Payment ($13) also highly fancied.

Floating Artist ($14) is considered one of the light-weight chances, while stablemate Explosive Jack ($34) an outsider who has shortened in betting in recent days as he gets his preferred dry track.

Win bet

The most easily-understood bet - but also the toughest. To work out how much you stand to collect, simply multiply how much you bet by the horse's odds. So If you bet $10 on a horse at odds of $20 - you will collect $200.

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Place bet

You broaden your chances if you put on a place bet, which pays out if your horse finishes first, second or third. But of course the odds on that happening will be much shorter than the odds on a win.

Each way bet

When your horse salutes, you stand to collect both the win and place dividend. If your nag finishes second or third - you collect the place dividend - but lose the wager you bet on the win.

Given the size of the field you will still make a good profit with this bet even if the horse only runs second or third.


Beyond picking single horses are bets involving multiple horses. The simplest of these is the quinella, which is picking the first two finishers in any order.


Similar to the quinella in that you have to pick the first two finishers, but the with the exacta you have to get the order right. This is a good bet if you fancy one horse as a standout to win and want a few options to run second.

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1. TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G9 Joseph O’Brien 58kg (2)

2. INCENTIVISE G5 Peter G Moody 57kg (1.5kg penalty) (16)

3. SPANISH MISSION (USA) H6 Andrew Balding 57kg (14)

4. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M6 Chris Waller 57kg (19)

5. EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 54kg (4)

6. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 54kg (5)

7 .DELPHI (IRE) H5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 53.5 (3)

8. OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G6 Chris Waller 53.5kg (13)

9. SELINO (GB)G6 Chris Waller 53.5kg (24)

10. JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G4 Denis Pagan 53kg (22)

11. KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 53kg (9)

12. PERSAN G5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 53kg (11)

13. CARIF G6 Peter & Paul Snowden 52.5kg (8)

14. MASTER OF WINE (GER) G7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 52.5kg (6)

15. PONDUS (GB) G6 Robert Hickmott 52.5kg (1)

16. GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 52kg (21)

17. MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M5 Danny O’Brien 52kg (17)

18. PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G5 Ben & JD Hayes 52kg (23)

19. SHE’S IDEEL M6 Bjorn Baker 52kg (20)

20. FUTURE SCORE (IRE)G7Matt Cumani 51.5kg (15) — scratched

21. TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M5 Symon Wilde 51kg (12)

22. FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg (10)

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23. GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G5 Chris Waller 50kg (7)

24. SIR LUCAN (IRE) H4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 50kg (18)


Selecting the first three horses across the line is one of the ultimate challenges - but if you are on the money, you could walk away with thousands of dollars.

You can choose to either select them in order, or to make things a little easier, you can 'box' your selections - meaning it doesn't matter which order they finish so long as they are the first three.

This is a highly popular bet for the Cup given the wide number of chances and the chance of an instant big collect, but the more horses you put into your trifecta the more it will cost you.

First four

If the trifecta isn't hard enough for you, the first four bet adds the challenge of selecting which horse runs fourth.

Again, you can specify the order, or 'box' all four to the order doesn't matter, they just have to fill those top four spots.

For those who want to surrender to fate, the TAB offers 'mystery' bets that will select horses for you and can be any of the above type of races.

While plenty of money today will be thrown in the direction of Incentivise, don't despair - the last favourite to win the Melbourne Cup was the Gai Waterhouse trained Fiorente in 2013.

Up to 10,000 fans will be trackside at Flemington, with the mercury tipped to rise to 28 degrees in Victoria, whose residents are enjoying a public holiday.

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Eager punters were seen pouring through the gates from 10am, with the first race at 10.45am.

In terms of jockeys, Damien Oliver (Delphi), Kerrin McEvoy (Grand Promenade) and Glen Boss (Sir Lucan) will all be striving for their fourth major Cup triumph, with Michelle Payne the last - and only - woman to win the great race.

She shocked the world after winning on board Prince Of Penzance in 2015 at huge odds.

Rachel King is also expected to have plenty of admirers when she rides Pondus as the sole female hoop.

The barrier from where the horses jump is also important, with barrier five proving to be the most successful, with eight wins after they were first introduced in 1924.

And for the omen better, horses beginning with the letter T have been the most successful in the Cup across the past 160 years.

Twilight Payment - who is chasing successive Melbourne Cup wins - Tralee Rose and The Chosen One will hope to become the 18th T horse to win the great race.



The easiest way to have a punt on Cup day is picking the horse which you think will be first to the post.

For example, if you put $10 on a runner at $15 odds, you stand to walk away with $150 if luck's on your side.


If you think your horse has a good chance of running well but might not quite be good enough to win, perhaps you should make a 'place' bet.

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You'll then collect money if your horse finishes first, second or third - although the payout will be substantially lower than the win dividend.


By placing an 'each way bet' you stand to collect BOTH the win and place dividend should your horse finish first.

If it runs second or third - you collect the place dividend but will lose the wager you bet on the win.



A quinella bet involves picking the two horses you think will finish first and second in any order.


It's tough enough picking a winner, but if you think you know which horses will run first AND second in correct order - place an exacta bet for a very healthy return.


Selecting the first three horses across the line is no easy feat - but if you can pull it off you could walk away with thousands of dollars.

To make things slightly easier, you can 'box' your selections - meaning the horses can finish first, second and third in any order.

This will, however, decrease the percentage of the trifecta dividend you will receive.


The only difference between a trifecta and a first four bet is the addition of the fourth place-getter.

Again, you can 'box' all four (or as many as you like) so they don't have to finish in order.

The more horses you choose to 'box' - the lesser percentage of the dividend you will collect.

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