$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
Deposit $50, Bet with $200*
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in Free Bonus Bets!*
$600 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in Free Bonus Bets!*
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonuses*
$502 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $502 in bonuses*
Deposit $100, Bet with $350
Sign-up, deposit $100 & receive $250 in bonus bets. That's $350 to bet with!*
$400 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $400 in bonuses*
$250 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $250 in bonuses*
$250 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $250 in bonuses*
$200 in Bonus Bets
Get your first deposit matched with up to $200 in bonuses*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

No New Zealand horses in the Melbourne Cup? How can it have got to this?

Kiwis may bask in the joy of the All Blacks finally being on top of the world again, but on Tuesday they won’t have a locally-trained runner to back, possibly for the first time in more than 60 years, in a race they once thought of as theirs.

From the 1950s to the 80s, it seemed that if a New Zealand-trained horse didn’t win the Cup, a New Zealand-bred horse at least would – there were 10 New Zealand-trained and 25 New Zealand-bred winners in that period.

The Cup’s been harder to win since European horses began competing in 1993, but there’s always been at least one horse trained in New Zealand – until 2011.

A quick look at Cup records suggests you have to go back to the 1940s to find the last Melbourne Cup without a New Zealand-trained runner.

Mike Moroney, who has stables in Matamata and Melbourne, will line up Glass Harmonium on Tuesday, but the horse was bred in Europe and he’s never been trained at Matamata.

Even New Zealand-bred horses are hard to find. This year there are just three – Tullamore (a $21 chance), Precedence ($41) and Shamrocker ($51).

Patriotic punters might have to back Glass Harmonium – as well as the Moroney connection, he’ll be ridden by expat Kiwi Lisa Cropp and he’s part-owned by Auckland businessman Gerard Peterson who also has a share in the English-trained Drunken Sailor.

Cambridge Stud supremo Sir Patrick Hogan has a share in Precedence, but otherwise New Zealanders will have to cheer for expat jockey Jim Cassidy (aboard $19 chance Illo) or expat trainer Chris Waller (trainer of Hawk Island and The Verminator).

If it’s any consolation for New Zealanders, it’s not much better for the Aussies.

Eleven of the 24 runners are trained in the Northern Hemisphere, and a remarkable 18 were bred north of the equator – numbers the New Zealanders used to put up in the 1970s and 80s.

NZN AAP TURF

 
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available on every online bookmaker on the internet. We...

Big Bets – 19/8/2017

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on the weekends horse racing around the country with most...

Punters Smash Japanese import

The Japanese should always be respected when they come down under and punters have launched into one at Caulfield in...

Would Winx win the Melbourne Cup?

We take a look at the stats, figures and history of the Melbourne Cup to see if Champion mare Winx...

Crazy bookmaker takes on Winx

One of Australia’s biggest bookmakers is set to take on the Mighty Mare Winx this Saturday in the Group 2...

 
 
 

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.