Each year thousands of offices, schools and families hold a Melbourne Cup Sweep for ‘the race that stops a nation’. A Melbourne Cup Sweep is when a group of people (usually 24 to coincide with the amount of runners in the race) get together and randomly select a horse in the Cup which if wins they will usually receive a prize.
Often Melbourne Cup Sweep’s involve a buy in amount in which determines the prize for the winner, the runner up and the third place getter. Some sweeps will also have a prize for last place as a bit of a humorous placing.
Usually a sweep will have each horse in the race, the colours of the jockeys silks and the barrier in which the horse jumps from. There is also a spot for the person running the sweep to write the amount in the kitty and the prize money that will be awarded to each person.
Melbourne Cup Sweeps dont need a minimum of twenty four people to be run, often if an office or family has less than that number of people more horses are assigned to each person. This also works with large offices of more than 24 people in which more than one sweep can be run.
An example Melbourne Cup Sweep would run like this:
Sweep buy in amount $10 per person with 24 people buying in.
Total prize pool of $240.
Winner receives 50% = $120
Runner up gets 30% = $72
3rd Place gets 10% = $24
Last Place gets 10% = $24
Please note these percentages and amounts are only examples based on previous sweeps we have run. Some sweeps only have one winner in which the person gets the total prize pool. And we have heard of sweep buy in amounts up to a few hundred dollars each. The beauty of the sweep is you can base it one the participants you are wanting to attract.
Where to get a Sweep form?
Most newspapers around the country provide sweeps in the newspapers on Melbourne Cup day, most used paper sweep is that of the Herald Sun. Although a lot of people wish to get a sweep form earlier than on the day so they have time to prepare it days before. We provide a free sweep to all readers after the field is announced and barriers drawn on Derby Day. We will update this page with the Sweep so be sure to check back.