#1 Cross Counter (GB)
Weight: TBA / Age: 4 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Charlie Appleby
The last year’s winner is set to return for his second title. The four-year-old gelding, who has the legendary Northern Dancer and Mr Prospector sires in his lineage, seems to be in his prime. And he has already proved he is in excellent form with a win in the Dubai Gold Cup in March 2019. In the last year’s race, he was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, already a household name with two Melbourne cup wins. His trainer is Charlie Appleby.
#2 Avilius (GB)
Weight: TBA / Age: 5 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: James Cummings
The second of the Melbourne Cup favourites is a 5-year-old gelding trained by James Cummings. With an impressive track record of eight wins in eighteen starts, Avilius is rightfully one of the strongest competitors this year. Eight of his ten wins were won in Australia, so he is well known to the local crowd. It remains to be seen if that fact will lead him to another win, this time in Australia’s most prestigious race.
Weight: TBA / Age: 7 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Ian WilliamsIan Williams, a renowned English horse trainer, has high hopes for Magic Circle this year following a not so successful run at the 2018 Melbourne Cup. The 7-year-old Irish gelding finished in the 16th place last year, even though he was a strong favourite with many bookmakers giving him the odds of 6/1. He was given the same odds for his last race in May – at Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Group 3)(Class 1) when he finished third, with just half a length behind. His jockey was Jim Crowley, who has been a leading jockey for Hamdan al-Maktoum
Weight: TBA / Age: 4 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Charlie ApplebyAnother one of Irish four-year-old geldings, Ghostwatch, cements his trainer, Charlie Appleby, as the top trainer among the Melbourne cup favourites. Although his last win was back in October 2018, his current track record is nevertheless impressive with four wins, two second and three third places. This definitely makes him one of the stronger contenders for the top spot.
Weight: TBA / Age: 6 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Charlie FellowesThe five-year-old British contender with plenty of experience under his belt is trained by Charlie Fellows. Currently, he has participated in 28 races, won in four, came second four times and third four times. When it comes to this year’s performance, so far he has competed in Dubai Gold Cup-G2 and finished ninth. It remains to be seen if his experience will earn him the title.
Welcome to your complete guide to the Melbourne Cup 2019.
Melbourne Cup 2019 promises to yet again be an unrivalled racing spectacle! Year after year the event continues to grow in popularity and attracts new fans worldwide. If you want to bet on Melbourne Cup 2019 and to join in on the hype for the race that stops a nation, learn about Melbourne Cup favourites and get the latest Melbourne Cup tips all you need to do is read through our comprehensive guide!
For anyone new to Melbourne Cup, here is a brief explanation of what makes Melbourne Cup so hugely popular and prestigious.
Melbourne Cup is an annual Thoroughbred horse race held in Melbourne, Australia. The race is a handicap for horses three-years-old and over and it is run at a distance of 3200 meters. It is considered one of the most popular sporting events in Australia with millions of people tuning in each year. Its popularity has earned the event the moniker “the race that stops a nation”. The name can quite literally apply to parts of Victoria where the Melbourne Cup day was given the status of a national public holiday.
Melbourne Cup has a long history, with the first race held back in 1861.
Ever since then, there has been a steady growth in popularity, which has spilt over the borders of the continent and now attracts audiences from all over the world.
Melbourne Cup 2019: Race schedule
The Melbourne Cup race is a part of the Melbourne Cup day, traditionally being held every first Tuesday in November. This year, the event will be held on 5 November, and the race itself will start at 3 pm local time. It will be held on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The entire event starts at 11 am and lasts until 5:20 pm, with 10 races in total.
With an average race time of around 3.5 minutes over the course of 3200 meters, the race is a true spectacle of strength and endurance. Melbourne Cup is also the richest two-mile handicap in the world, with a prize pool of 7.3 million dollars. Additionally, the event gathers a huge number of punters, many of whom choose the race to be the one event to bet on for the year.
An important fact to state is that when it comes to Melbourne Cup tips, throughout its history, the Melbourne Cup has proved notoriously difficult to predict. The main proof lies in the fact that the horses considered Melbourne Cup favourites have managed to win in only 20% of cases. That is why giving Melbourne Cup tips is not an easy task.
In order to make an informed decision when you plan to get into Melbourne Cup betting, it is important to take into account a lot of variables. You should pay attention to the horse’s recent performance, it’s age and current form, and not get led purely by betting odds. Handicap weight allocated to the horses is also one of the most important things to look out for. VRC Handicapper usually determines the weight and announces it in early September. The minimum handicap weight is 50 kg. While there is no maximum weight, it should not be less than 57 kg.
Where to watch Melbourne Cup live streaming
If you are in Australia at the time of the race, short being at the event in person, your best option will be to tune into a live TV broadcast. The race and the events leading up to it will be covered by Channel 7. If you are a Foxtel subscriber, you will also be able to tune into the race through Sky Channel. Both Channel 7 and Foxtel will also broadcast the race through their live streaming services 7Plus and Foxtel Go.
If you plan to take part in Melbourne Cup betting, you will be able to watch the live stream of the race through the websites of a number of betting operators, namely, BetEasy, Ladbrokes, Sportsbet and Crownbet. However, you will most likely need a positive account balance in order to access their live streaming service.
New Zealanders can watch the race on Racing.com and Sky Racing channels. People in Ireland and the UK can also tune in through Sky Racing.
The rest of the world will have to check whether a local TV network has bought the rights to the race, or listen to the broadcast over one of several dedicated online radios. Due to exclusivity in broadcasting rights, online streaming through the websites that offer it in Australia will most likely be regionally locked.