Billed as the 'race that stops a nation', the Melbourne Cup can boast to being one of the richest and most prestigious two mile handicap horse races in the world. Run on the first Tuesday of November all eyes will be on Flemington Racecourse as the whole of Australia downs its tools for the day to watch the race. From a Melbourne Cup betting perspective the race shares a likeness to the Grand National, as punters have their one bet of the year. Part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival it is part of Australian racing heritage, an institution.
Green Moon was the winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup and the Rob Hickmott trained horse is very likely to be near the head of the betting for next year's race. We'll have a full list of odds for the 2013 renewal of the 'Race that Stops a Nation' as soon as the bookmakers put up their ante post markets.
The Robert Kickmott trained five year old Green Moon was the 19/1 winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup at Flemington. Ridden by Brett Preblle the horse stormed up the finishing straight to win by one length from the Gai Waterhouse trained Fiorente in second.
Jaffalberry trained by Marco Botti was a further length and a quarter back in third at odds of 80/1, with Kelinni fourth for Chris Waller.
6/1 favourite and last year's winner Dunaden could only finish down in 14th, with fellow French trained Americain fairing slightly better in eleventh.
The barrier draw for the Melbourne Cup is made on the Saturday before the big race. The winner Green Moon in 2012 was drawn in barrier five, with runner up Fiorente also coming from a low draw in barrier two. We'll have the draw for the 2013 as soon as it happens.
As with any horse race the form is an integral part of the betting and we have our very own form guide to help you pick out your bet for the race. The Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate are amongst the races we have covered in our Melbourne Cup Form Guide.
If its tips your after we have put together some picks for the 2013 renewal of the Melbourne Cup, for you to have a bet on. Why don't you check out our Melbourne Cup Tips.
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