Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation. On the first Tuesday in November everybody pauses to watch what is widely regarded as Australia’s greatest annual sporting event. If a person only has one bet a year, it will be on this race.

Melbourne’s historic Flemington Racecourse is the scene of the iconic moment each year, where 24 of the world’s best horses compete over 3,200 metres to become a part of sporting history. Its $6.2 million prize purse makes it the world’s richest two-mile handicap, while its place in racing culture makes it the most prestigious.

The Melbourne Cup field is open to all horses aged three years and older. Automatic entry is given to certain horses, such as the winners of the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and the previous Melbourne Cup, while all the others have to compete in a ballot system that takes into account factors such as their prize money in the last two years and their allocated handicap weight. Each year up to 400 horses are nominated in an attempt to join the Melbourne Cup field.

A good form guide for the Melbourne Cup can be found in lead-up races such as the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. The Melbourne Cup is the one race where you have to be especially careful about the tips you accept because absolutely everybody has an opinion to throw into the ring. Meanwhile, the huge amount of amateur punters can skew the Melbourne Cup odds. More than any other race, this is where you need the help of professional analysts who have devoted their life to the study of horse racing. You can find that help right here with our Melbourne Cup tips, along with all the details and statistics that will help you make your own decision.

Here’s one good tip as a starting point: there is an influx of European horses chasing a victorious Melbourne Cup result, but those that do so without a lead-up in Australian races tend to do very poorly.

Melbourne Cup News

Golden Slipper

Melbourne lays claim to three of Australia’s four greatest horse races, but Sydney has a firm hold on the fourth: the Golden Slipper. It’s a sprint race held over 1,200 metres at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The $3.5 million prize purse makes it the richest two-year-old race in the world.

The Golden Slipper field is made up of 16 horses and each of those 16 spots is tightly contested. Automatic entry goes to horses that win the Silver Slipper Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Todman Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes, meaning that those races are very closely watched by everybody with a connection to the horse racing industry. The rest of the positions in the Golden Slipper field are given to horses that have accrued the most prize money so far in their careers.

If you’re looking for some clues to the Golden Slipper result there are a number of lead-up races you should keep an eye on. These include the Group 2 Reisling Stakes and Group 2 Todman Stakes, though recent winners have come through events such as the Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes.

Of course, if you’re looking for Golden Slipper tips from professional analysts, the kind of people who devote their life to the study of horse racing, you need look no further than right here.

Golden Slipper News

Cox Plate

The Cox Plate has been recognised as world’s best turf race by the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards in London, sharing the title with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, while it is the only race in the Southern Hemisphere to have the honour of joining the prestigious World Series. It is a Group 1 thoroughbred race that takes place each year at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley, appearing on the racing calendar between the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.

The winner of the 2040-metre Cox Plate is regarded as the weight-for-age champion of Australia, while also gaining a share of the prize purse that sits just over $3 million. It’s one of the most highly-sought titles in racing and each year there are around 200 horses nominated for entry to the Cox Plate field. Only 14 actually get the chance to run. It is the strongest groups of horses in Australia and is known as the greatest two minutes in sport for a very good reason. Everybody in the racing world is watching the Cox Plate result very closely.

Good Cox Plate tips are not easy to come by, as the race leaves no room for pretenders and every horse has an equal opportunity to win. You won’t get all the information you need for a win by simply studying the Cox Plate odds. The tight-turning track and the very short straight mean that the barrier draw on the Tuesday before the race is even more important than usual. Being caught at the back can be disastrous, so every horse needs the best possible start.

The best thing about preparing for a bet on the Cox Plate is that every lead-up race is relevant. Only a horse with pure class, at the top of its form, will be able to follow in the footsteps of legends such as Phar Lap and Makybe Diva. That makes the tips we can offer you, along with access to the form guides and other vital statistics, crucial in picking a winner.

Cox Plate News

Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup result stands only slightly behind the Melbourne Cup as Australia’s most-watched horse racing event. Its prize purse of more than $3 million also makes it the world’s richest handicap races over a distance of 2,400 metres.

Every October 18 horses, aged three years or older, join the Caulfield Cup field in one of the early races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It’s a good guide for the Melbourne Cup, as the winner of the Caulfield Cup get direct entry and many horses will run in both races. It’s also a good guide for the Cox Plate.

The Caulfield Cup is a handicap race, similar to the Melbourne Cup, though there is currently talk of it becoming a weight-for-age race like the Cox Plate. This will have a tremendous impact on the Caulfield Cup odds and a lot of the previous common knowledge about the race will become outdated. You will need help from our professional analysts to find the best Caulfield Cup tips.

Caulfield Cup News