Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

There’s a special change that comes over Australia on the first Tuesday of every November when all eyes in the nation turn towards Flemington Racecourse for the running of the Melbourne Cup. Nothing else compares with it. Huge swathes of people who never watch a horse run, let alone consider betting on it, gather in groups around television sets to see if the Melbourne Cup tip they accepted will turn out to be the right one.

The historic 3,200-metre race sees a field of 24 horses, aged three years or older, vying for a share of the $6.2 million prize purse that’s on offer. The purse makes the Melbourne Cup the richest two-mile handicap race in the world, while it has long been the most prestigious.

Automatic entry goes to winners of the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, which is a good place to start if you’re looking for Melbourne Cup tips. Automatic entry also goes to the winner of the previous year’s Melbourne Cup. The other entrants are chosen by a ballot based on factors such as their allocated handicap weight and the prize money they have accrued over the previous two years. Every year there are up to 400 hopeful horses nominated.

If you’d like a headstart on which horses might get a run in the Melbourne Cup, not to mention those that will have a chance at winning, two of the best lead-up races to study are the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup. Our professional analysts will certainly be doing that, as well as studying a range of other lead-up races and associated factors, which makes this the place for the best Melbourne Cup tips.

Melbourne Cup News

Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper is by far the greatest event on Sydney’s horse racing calendar. The 1,200-metre sprint takes place at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and is the world’s richest race for two-year-olds. The $3.5 million prize purse makes it one of the most eagerly sought titles in Australian racing.

The Golden Slipper field is made up of 16 horses, all of which have to work very hard to earn their place. Automatic entry goes to the winners of the Silver Slipper Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Todman Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. The rest of the positions are granted to the two-year-olds that have accrued the most prize money so far in their racing career.

The qualifying races are a good place to look for Golden Slipper tips. The Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes have been particularly good at producing Golden Slipper winners in recent years, while the Reisling Stakes and Todman Stakes are more traditional races to watch.

Of course, the best Golden Slipper tips are always going to be right here, coming from our professional analysts.

Golden Slipper News

Cox Plate

The Cox Plate does not gain the same media attention in Australia as other great races such as the Melbourne Cup, which is a shame. The rest of the world certainly recognises its significance. It is the only race in the Southern Hemisphere that’s been given the honour of joining the prestigious World Series, while this year the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards in London named the Cox Plate the best turf horse race in the world (a title it shares with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes).

The Cox Plate is run over 2040 metres at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley, appearing on the racing calendar in an enviable position between the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. It is a weight-for-age race with a prize purse of just over $3 million. The Cox Plate field of 14 is drawn from around 200 nominees each year and only the very best horses have a chance of stepping into the starting barrier. There’s a reason it is described as the greatest two minutes in sport.

The evenness of the Cox Plate field, which gives every horse a chance at a win, makes it a little more difficult to place a bet on than other races. That should not discourage you, though. Almost every lead-up race to the Cox Plate can have an impact on its outcome and our professional analysts are studying every single one of them. We have the Cox Plate tips that will let you throw some money into the ring, with an excellent chance of pulling it out again multiplied.

Cox Plate News

Caulfield Cup

In terms of prominence, the Caulfield Cup comes in just behind the Melbourne Cup, taking the title as Australia’s second-most prestigious horse race. It’s something of a curtain-raiser for the Spring Racing Carnival, occurring in October as a signal for everybody with a passion for horse racing to shift their focus to Melbourne and not look away again until the winners of both cups have been decided. Eleven champion horses have managed to take home the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year.

The Caulfield Cup takes place over 2,400 metres at the iconic Caulfield Racecourse, where it has been running since 1879. Its prize purse of more than $3 million gives it the title of the richest handicap over that distance in the world. The Caulfield Cup field is made up of 18 horses that are aged three years or older. Automatic entry goes to the winners of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup, while the rest are chosen through a ballot that relies on factors such as prize money accrued and their performance in the lead-up races.

Some good Caulfield Cup tips can be found by keeping an eye on lead-up races such as the Metropolitan, Spring Champion Stakes, Craven Plate, Yalumba Stakes and Cranbourne Cup. Meanwhile, the Caulfield Cup can also be a very good form guide for the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup that occur soon afterwards.

The Melbourne Racing Club is currently trying to change the Caulfield Cup from a handicap race to one with weight-for-age conditions. If that happens before this October you’re going to need the tips of our professional analysts for the Caulfield Cup more than any of the races on this page.

Here’s one quick tip you can count on: in the entire history of the Caulfield Cup, the winner has only once leapt out of Barrier 1.

Caulfield Cup News