Every year thousands and thousands of Australians bet on the Melbourne Cup. And whilst many might just pick the funniest sounding name or go with a horse they heard about from their friend, the seasoned punters know better.
In order to make an informed and educated bet at the Melbourne Cup, you really should read the Melbourne Cup Form Guide. But for the average joe, this comprehensive document can be difficult to understand. So that’s why we’ve put together a rough guide full of top tips that will help you get the most out of the guide and pick the winning horses on race day!
When is the Melbourne Cup Form Guide released?
Every year, around 300 horses are nominated for the Melbourne Cup but only 24 of them make it into the final field. The race takes place on the first Tuesday of November and the final field is not announced until the Saturday before hand. So the 2019 Melbourne Cup field will be announced on Saturday, November 2 and the race itself will take place on Tuesday, November 5. The 2019 Melbourne Cup Form Guide will therefore be released shortly after the final field is announced on Saturday, November 2.
What to look out for in the Melbourne Cup Form Guide
The Form Guide breaks down a number of statistics and facts about the horses, the trainers, the jockeys and even past races. Studying this information can help you make an informed decision that could help increase your chances of placing a winning bet. But with so much information available in the guide, what exactly should you look out for?
Melbourne Cup Barriers
This refers to which horses are jumping from which gate numbers. Historically, some barriers have performed better than others at the Melbourne Cup. For example, barriers 9, 11 and 12 are considered particularly lucky whilst barrier 18 has never produced a win.
Melbourne Cup Trainers
As much as genetics and physical attributes play a part in winning at the Melbourne Cup, so does the discipline and nurture that can only be instilled by the trainers. Historically speaking, some trainers have a greater track record than others. For example, trainers Bart Cummings and Lee Freedman achieved a combined ten wins between 1983 and 2008 which clearly illustrates the value of good training.
The Form Guide will help you understand which trainers are behind which horses and will give you statistics and facts about their track record. Don’t undervalue this information. This is crucial.
Melbourne Cup Jockeys
The right jockey can also make a huge difference to an outcome of a race. So it’s therefore important to pay special attention to which jockeys are paired with which horses. Some local names to look out for this year are Glen Boss, Hugh Bowman, James McDonald, Kerrin McEvoy and Damien Oliver. But also, many non-Australian jockeys have proven successful at the Melbourne Cup, especially in recent years, so don’t write those off either. Use your form guide to analyse each jockey and factor this in to your decision.
Melbourne Cup Saddlecloth Numbers: What saddlecloth number will each horse wear? To date, numbers 4 and 12 have proven to be the most successful, boasting 11 wins each.
Melbourne Cup Weights
Because the Melbourne Cup is a handicap race, the weight carries for each horse varies. The weight assigned to each horse depends on a number of factors including sex, age and performance in previous races. Generally speaking, the average winning weight at the Melbourne Cup in recent years is 54kg. And historically, only three horses have won carrying more than 56kg since 1983. These were Protectionist (56.5kg – 2014), Makybe Diva (58kg – 2005), and Jeune (56.5kg – 1994).
The comprehensive form guide details a number of other statistics that you should consider before placing your bet. A breakdown of performance in the last 6-10 runs as well as track and distance records for each horse are particularly useful for example.
If you are unfamiliar with the form guide, it may take a little more time for you to process the information. But in order to give yourself the best possible chance of placing a winning bet, you simply must do your research and the Melbourne Cup Form Guide contains the most valuable, relevant and useful information out there.