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Melbourne Cup Betting 2023, Best Betting Offers, Odds & Tips

The ‘Race that Stops the Nation’ is back

The Melbourne Cup is affectionately known as the race that stops the nation, and the 2023 running is on Tuesday, November 7.

Twenty-four horses will line up at Flemington, aiming to add their name to the long list of distinguished winners while also trying to land some of the $8 million AUD on offer, with the race winner bagging $4.4 million AUD.

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2023 Melbourne Cup Tips

The Melbourne Cup, also known as “the race that stops the nation,” takes place in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, for which Willie Mullins’ Vauban is expected to go off a warm favourite to supply the Irish trainer with a first victory in the great race. The question is, does Ryan Moore’s mount represent value in this 24-runner handicap?

Alan Kelly’s Melbourne Cup Tip

Our top tipster, Alan Kelly, casts his expert eye over the Melbourne Cup field and has an 8/1 tip for the big race.

4:00am Flemington - Soulcombe

With 8st 9lb to carry and drawn favourably in stall 3, everything points to a massive run from Irish challenger Vauban, who has been laid out (at a cost of £150k) for this famous race for some time. Since winning the 2022 Triumph Hurdle, according to owner Rich Ricci.

The five-year-old ran away with the Copper House Handicap at Royal Ascot earlier in the year before winning at Group 3 level when taking the Ballyroan Stakes at Naas in August. Vauban appears to have had a perfect preparation leading up to the race worth over £2 million to the winner. At odds of 9/4, however, I would rather look elsewhere for a value each-way alternative with plenty of extra places available.

Last year’s winner, Gold Trip, and the ex-Simon & Ed Crisford-trained Without A Flight (13th last year) have enjoyed trouble-free preparations. But the former will do well to win back-to-back renewals off his revised mark, while the draw has been unkind to the latter, coming from stall 16.

The horse I expect to run a big race is the ex-William Haggas-trained SOULCOMBE, now in the care of 2021-winning trainer Chris Waller. The Frankel gelding began his career down under just over two months after running out an impressive winner of the Melrose Handicap at York’s Ebor meeting last year, winning two of his six starts to date along with running with credit in the other four.

This will be the first time Joao Moreira’s mount has raced over a trip further than 1m 5f since going to Australia, and following promising efforts in trials over 1m 2f and 1m 4f, I expect Soulcombe to come into his own racing over 2m for the first time.

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Alan's Melbourne Cup Tip

Soulcombe - Melbourne Cup

Soulcombe can go close over the 2-mile trip


November 07, 2023

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When & Where Is The 2023 Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup may be one of the highlights of the racing calendar in Australia, but it is also keenly watched by racing fans worldwide.

The race is traditionally run on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse in the Melbourne suburbs.

This year’s race goes off at 3pm local time, which is 4am on Tuesday, November 7, in the UK, and you can watch all the action live on Sky Sports Racing.

What Happened Last Year?

Gold Trip landed the 2022 Melbourne Cup, ridden by jockey Mark Zahra, at odds of 20/1

The top weight made a race-winning move up the home straight, kicking clear of the field and staying ahead to pass the line in first for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

Recent Melbourne Cup Winners

The Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and we’ve listed below the last five winners of the race that stops a nation.

2022Gold Trip
2021Verry Elleegant
2020Twilight Payment
2019Vow And Declare
2018Cross Counter


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When is the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup is traditionally run on the first Tuesday in November. The 2023 Melbourne Cup will be on Tuesday, 7 November.

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Where is the Melbourne Cup run?

The Melbourne Cup is run at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.

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What time is the Melbourne Cup?

The 2023 Melbourne Cup is scheduled for 3.00pm (Local Time) on Tuesday, 1 November, which is 4am Tuesday in the UK.

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Where can I watch the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup will be shown live on Sky Sports Racing, however this will require an active Sky subscription.