Latest Melbourne Cup News
7/10/2015 - Confirmed by Aidan O'Brien today he'll be sending 3 horses to Melbourne Spring. Bondi Beach/Kingfisher Melbourne Cup.
6/10/2015 - First acceptances for the 2015 Melbourne Cup Field can be found below.
6/10/2015 - Blake Shinn has secured the ride on the Chris Waller trained 'Who Shot Thebarman' in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
4/10/2015 - 2015 Melbourne Cup odds update: Let's Make Adeal from $151-$34, Our Ivanhowe tightens from $26-$17 after The Bart Cummings.
4/10/2015 - Lets Make Adeal has booked a spot in the 2015 Melbourne Cup Field after winning today's Bart Cummings at Flemington.
30/9/2015 - There's a good chance Gerald Mosse will return to ride Red Cadeaux in Melbourne Cup 2015.
30/9/2015 - Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is back at Flemington this weekend.
25/09/2015 - Criterion could be aimed at the Melbourne Cup 2015 says trained David Hayes. A run in the Cup will depend on how he goes in the Cox Plate.
22/09/2015 - Star mare Royal Descent could be targeted at this years Melbourne Cup with owner Baramul Stud saying it would be a dream to see her run in the race. Royal Descent is currently a $41 chance in the odds.
21/09/2015 - Melbourne Cup contender Snow Sky is likely to tackle the Caulfield Cup in lead up with Damian Oliver being booked for the ride. No decision is yet to be made on the jockey for the Melbourne Cup 2015.
16/09/2015 - Aidan O'Brien says Bondi Beach & Kingfisher are "under strong consideration" for the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
15/09/2015 - Top weights for the 2015 Melbourne Cup are last years winner Protectionist and Snow Sky, both with 58kg
11/09/2015 - International Melbourne Cup 2015 contenders Bondi Beach, Fields Of Athenry and Order Of St George will all race in the English St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.
08/09/2015 - Four late Melbourne Cup 2015 entries have been taken: Loresho (Jean-Claude Rouget, France), Chance to Dance (won at Moonee Valley on Saturday), Renew & Ruscello.
08/09/2015 - Late nominations for the 2015 Melbourne Cup have now closed.
08/09/2015 - Melbourne Cup 2015 contender Mongolian Khan who is on the third line of odds will likely start his campaign in Saturday's G1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington where he is a $15 chance
06/09/2015 - Chelmsford Stakes winner Complacent has firmed from $101 into $26 in Melbourne Cup 2015 odds
03/09/2015 - Hartnell who is on the third line of 2015 Melbourne Cup odds will resume on Saturday in the Chelmsford Stakes.
2/9/2015 - Melbourne Cup 2015 contender 'The Offer' will race in Friday's Wyong Cup where he is an $8 chance.
31/8/2015 - Bart Cummings who passed away yesterday morning could still win his 13th Melbourne Cup this year with officials allowing him as co trainer for Precedence. Precedence will need to win the race named after Bart Cummings to gain entry into the field. Precedence is currently a $101 chance in Melbourne Cup odds.
29/8/2015 - Murray Baker says Mongolian Khan to resume in the Makybe Diva. Caulfield Cup then Melbourne Cup the aim.
27/8/2015 - Trainer Ed Dunlop has said it is all systems go for Red Cadeaux and Trip to Paris leading into the Melbourne Cup 2015.
25/8/2015 - Memsie Stakes runner Magicool will be targeted towards the 2015 Melbourne Cup this preparation. The Mark Kavanagh trained galloper is current a $101 chance.
25/8/2015 - Trainer Paul has revealed that he is serious about running Happy Trails in the Melbourne Cup 2015 provided he runs well in Cox Plate. Happy Trails is currently a $51 chance.
24/8/2015 - Moonee Valley winner The United States has firmed in 2015 Melbourne Cup odds from $51 into $26.
22/8/2015 - Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite will be aimed at the Melbourne Cup 2015. He is on the third line of the odds at $17. Max Dynamite was not quoted in Melbourne Cup odds before his win.
20/8/2015 - Today's Rowley Mile winner The Offer has shortened into $34 to win the Melbourne Cup 2015. The Offer was the early market favourite for the race last year.
19/8/2015 - The Gai Waterhouse trained The Offer will start his Melbourne Cup 2015 campaign in the Rowley Mile. The Offer is $34 in Melbourne Cup odds.
17/8/2015 - Fame Game's odds have shortened from $21 into $13 in the last 24 hours to win the Melbourne Cup 2015.
16/8/2015 - All systems go for Red Cadeaux ahead of his Melbourne Cup 2015 with a good run when placing third in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury overnight.
14/8/2015 - Melbourne Cup 2015 contender Mongolian Khan has won the NZ horse of the year award for the 2014/15 season. Mongolian Khan is currently $21 in the odds for this years Melbourne Cup.
14/8/2015 - The Melbourne Cup will be streamed live across all digital broadcast partners nationally & will stream internationally
12/8/2015 - Gai Waterhouse's Melbourne Cup contender 'Excess Knowledge' has been tipped to run a big race in the PB Lawrence Stakes where he is a $4.80 chance.
12/8/2015 - UK trainer Mike Bell is serious about targeting the Melbourne Cup 2015 with Big Orange as long as he runs well in the Lonsdale Cup. Big Orange is a $21 chance in Melbourne Cup odds.
11/8/2015 - Melbourne Cup 2015 contenders Kirramosa and Thunder Lady will resume at Rosehill on Saturday.
10/8/2015 - Gai Waterhouse's Melbourne Cup 2015 targeted runner Excess Knowledge is nominated for Saturday's PB Lawrence Stakes
9/8/2015 - International galloper Mutual Regard will return for the Melbourne Cup 2015.
7/8/2015 - The past six winners of the Melbourne Cup have been cleared of cobalt and EPO.
7/8/2015 - Glorious Goodwood winner Dubday is considering a Melbourne Cup campaign.
6/8/2015 - Racing Victoria have dismissed claims made during the Sam Kavanagh cobalt inquiry that a Melbourne Cup winner tested positive to cobalt and EPO.
6/8/2015 - Controversy has hit the Melbourne Cup with John Camilleri who is embroiled in the Sam Kavanagh cobalt saga had sent a text saying “I know a horse that won a Melbourne Cup on cobalt and EPO” although he later denied the claim.
5/8/2015 - Darren Weir has confirmed Signoff will not contest the Melbourne Cup 2015 due to niggling injury.
4/8/2015 - A $4,000 Bet has been placed on Fame Game @ $13 to win the Melbourne Cup 2015.
3/8/2015 - Trainer Bryce Stanaway will nominate veteran Crafty Cruiser for the Melbourne Cup 2015. Stanaway will need extra luck from his lucky black underwear to secure a spot in the field. Crafty Cruiser isn't in early market odds for the race.
1/8/2015 - Gai Waterhouse has singled out Excess Knowledge as her 2015 Melbourne Cup horse. Excess Knowledge is currently a $51 chance in betting.
31/7/2015 - Big Orange has opened at $26 in 2015 Melbourne Cup odds
31/7/2015 - Big Orange is on track for the 2015 Melbourne Cup after winning the Goodwood Cup last night
30/7/2015 - Champion jockey Zac Purton has been booked to ride current Melbourne Cup 2015 favourite Fame Game
30/7/2015 - Signoff who is on the second line of odds is in doubt to race in the Spring due to injury. Beware if betting early on him

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This Weekends Early Melbourne Cup Tips:

Prince Of Penzance
Melbourne Cup Price $51 at
Next Race Start: Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), October 10, Caulfield
Comment: Darren Weir trained runner who worked home well last Friday night in the JRA Cup (2040m) behind Escado in a leader dominated race. Up in trip suits him this weekend, and he will rise significantly in the order of entry if he was to win this race on Saturday.

Bohemian Lily
Melbourne Cup Price $201 at
Next Race Start: Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), October 10, Caulfield
Comment: Not many Melbourne Cup aspirants are running on Saturday, so I thought I’d go with one from left field, and landed with Bohemain Lily. She stuck to the task quite gamely last start over 2400m in the Colin Stephen when running second. Needs to win this race to have any real chance of qualifying, but she should get every chance.


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Confirmed by Aidan O’Brien today he’ll be sending 3 horses to Melbourne Spring. Bondi Beach/Kingfisher Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup 2015 first acceptances:


The Melbourne Cup always approaches fast, with the 2015 edition commencing at 3pm, Tuesday 3rd November. The race that stops a nation is more exciting than ever this year, with a number of celebrations taking place both inside and outside the racecourse. While the $6.175 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is the centrepiece of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, there are plenty of additional races and social events to keep everyone busy.

There are a total of ten races taking place throughout the day, with varying race distances and prize values on offer. While the 3200 metre Emirates Melbourne Cup is by far the longest, most valuable, and most prestigious event, the entire Melbourne Cup day spectacle is organised as a complete and enthralling package.
Melbourne Cup 2015

Everyone knows just how much people enjoy getting dressed up and having a bet for this special day, with women wearing their most extravagant hats and most colourful dresses. A number of marquees are set up for VIP guests, with fashion parades and other entertainment also taking place throughout the day. Corporate marquee and dining packages are already available for bookings, with shared marquees also available for hire.

A General Admission Season Pass is being offered this year for the 2015/165 racing season, permitting access to general admission areas of all VRC race meetings, including the Melbourne Cup Carnival. This pass is being sold for $200, with a total value of $564. There are a range of other ticketing options available to choose from, including general admission, reserved grandstand seating, corporate dining, restaurant dining, and a variety of members options.

The Melbourne Cup truly is the richest prize in Australian sport, contested by horses from all over the world. It is amazing when you think that Australia stops to a standstill to listen to and watch the big event, with a 100,000 plus crowd also expected to witness the race live.

It’s not all about the racing however, with a wide range of fashion, dining, and entertainment also on offer. The Flemington Racecourse will come alive again this November with fashion shows, music, and the best selections of food and beverages that money can buy.

Melbourne Cup 2015

The Melbourne Cup this year will be run on November 3rd 2015 which is the first Tuesday in November. The race will be run at Flemington racecourse and the start time for the race is at 3pm. The final field for the Melbourne Cup 2015 will be decided on Saturday 31st October after the running of the Lexus Stakes which will decide the last remaining spot in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Out of the twenty four runners in the Melbourne Cup Field there is prize money for the first ten horses to cross the finish line in a race with a total prize pool of $6.2million dollars. View the amounts given to each position on our Prizemoney page or view the information on the iconic trophy.

We have also compiled replays of the last five Melbourne Cup’s including last years edition in which international runner Protectionist won. View our the Melbourne Cup replays.

The last two Melbourne Cups have been won by international horses which is seen to have increased the amount of international runners heading to Australia during the Spring to tackle the race.

Melbourne Cup betting

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest race in Australia both for viewer count and for betting turnover. Host by the Victoria Racing Club the Melbourne Cup last year had a turnover of around $80 million dollars with the TAB alone. If you are thinking about having a bet on the Melbourne Cup than we advise you view our Melbourne Cup betting page to get information on the different bet types.

The odds

Melbourne Cup betting odds basically goes hand in hand with Melbourne Cup betting although there are some small differences. The term betting refers to the overall market in a race where as the term ‘odds’ refers to each of the horses individual price when betting. Each horse in the race will have different betting odds, the horse with the lowest odds is believed to be the race favourite. Betting odds are determined by whom the bookmaker feels has the best chance of winning and betting moves from punters. Often horses will open up at a certain price and either get backed into lower odds or drift to higher odds.

Betting tips

Melbourne Cup is the largest betting event in Australia each year and it’s common for work and family banter to be around who their Tip is. As we don’t know the official field for the race we cannot give any tips as of yet but we can provide the best methods for you to select you own tips. So view our Tips page to find out more.

Flemington racecourse

The Melbourne Cup is held annually at Flemington racecourse and has so since its inaugural year  in 1864. The Circumference of the racecourse is 2,312 metres. The racecourse and surrounding areas is a total of 1.27km.

Melbourne Cup day

Melbourne Cup day is always on the first Tuesday in November every year. The meeting consists of ten races all together with the Cup always being the seventh race of the day at a time slot of 3pm. It is accustom for most businesses and schools to stop work at this time to tune into their tv’s or radios to listen to the race which has been branded ‘the race that stops a nation’.

Melbourne Cup always draws a big attendance to Flemington racecourse view more information on attendances HERE.

We provide as much infromation about the Melbourne Cup as we can below covering a wide range of topics regarding the Melbourne Cup 2015 including how to get to Flemington on Melbourne Cup day Travel.

Melbourne Cup field

Each year hundreds of horses are nominated by their connections for the Melbourne Cup. Leading up to the race there are different levels of acceptances which connections need to pay a fee to continue with their quest to make the Melbourne Cup Field. The field is determined by horses who have won Group races worldwide over the distance of 2400m+ which has caused some debate to the ease of some international runners making the field. There are currently 67 horses still nominated for the race you can view them on our nominations page.

You can also view our page showing the weights for each of the nominated runners in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Some fun facts

Do you want to learn some interesting facts about the Melbourne Cup? View our Facts page where we list some of the most interesting facts and statistics.

Interested in the history of the Melbourne Cup? Then view our page on the Early Years of the Cup.

Melbourne Cup Carnival

The 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival goes for a full week and is comprised by four race days. The race days are Victoria Derby day, Melbourne Cup day, Crown Oaks day and the last day of the carnival is Emirates Stakes day which is our recommended day for families. The 2015 Carnival starts on the 31st of October and runs until the 7th of November with the race itself being run on the 3rd of November.

The Fashion

The Melbourne Cup Carnival isn’t all about the horses. A lot of racegoers head to Flemington each year simply for the fashion that is on showcase whether that be Women or Mens fashion with the latter becoming more competitive each year in what use to be a Female dominated focus until recent years. We take a look at the Melbourne Cup Fashion on our fashion page.

Melbourne Cup barrier draw

The barrier draw for the Melbourne Cup takes place on Victoria Derby day which this year is the 31st of October. The Lexus Stakes run on Derby day is the last race in which Melbourne Cup hopefuls can get a spot in the final field thus the barrier draw must commence after this time. It is accustom that the VRC announces the final Melbourne Cup Field and barriers at 5.30pm.

Melbourne Cup order of entry

The Melbourne Cup attracts hundreds of nominations each year but the final field is only twenty four runners meaning a majority of nominated horses wont get a start in the race. We take a look at this years current order of entry. At the moment there are fourty six horses left in the nominations but only about four or five horses who could get a start in the lead up to the race. We also explain the Melbourne Cup balloting system as well as list the ballot exempt races for the Melbourne Cup.

We have also made a page outlining the Qualification requirements.

Melbourne Cup Sweep

Each year thousands of people across Australia will take part in a Sweep on the Melbourne Cup which provides a cheap and fun way to experience ‘the race that stops a nation’. We provide some information on what a sweep is and how you can organise one for your office. It’s simple to do, fun and exciting so be sure to take part in a Work Sweep this year!

Melbourne Cup International runners

The Melbourne Cup is the most watched horse race in Australian racing, contested by three year old horses and above over a distance of 3200 metres.  The Melbourne Cup is held annually at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November, and has become known as “the race that stops a nation”.  Throughout its long history that stretches back to 1861, a number of international horses have won this prestigious event.

Learn more on our page about International horses that have raced in the Melbourne Cup

The best winners

It takes a very good horse to win a Melbourne Cup and each winner goes into the history books although there are some horses who have won the race on multiple occasions which with increase in weights and conditions takes an exceptional horse to do so.


Latest Melbourne Cup News

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  • Melbourne Cup first acceptances – 2015

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