The Stats You Need To Know Before You Make Your Melbourne Cup Bets

Only 1 favourite has won in 11 years

The Stats You Need To Know Before You Make Your Melbourne Cup Bets Getty Images

Picking a winner on the horses is hard enough. But with 24 horses over 3,200m the Melbourne Cup is probably the hardest race in the world to pick.

Here are some stats that could help you though.

  •  Just one favourite has won in the past 11 years (Fiorente at $7 in 2013)
  •  Barrier five is the most successful barrier in Melbourne Cup history with eight wins
  •  Six-year-olds have won four of the past seven Melbourne Cup’s
  •  Horses starting with the letter T have won 16 times – the most successful in Cup history
  •  The last time a horse (Vintage Crop) won the Cup without having previously run in Australia was in 1993
  •  Makybe Diva was the last mare to win the race in 2005


TAB's Fixed odds market


TAB's has revealed how massive the day is for the bookies

  • Tabcorp will process up to 11 million transactions on Melbourne Cup Day with over 5 million on the Cup itself
  • At peak periods Tabcorp will process up to 3,000 transactions per second
  • We expect to hold over $90 million on the Melbourne Cup and will turnover more than $440 million over the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • TAB punters will wager across over 3,000 retail outlets in NSW, Victoria and the ACT including oncourse. There are 12 ‘live sites’ in Sydney with Martin Place the busiest
  • There are 258 races on Tuesday across 29 meetings (17 thoroughbred meetings)
  • There is a projected First 4 pool of $6.5 million on the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Super TAB) – last year it paid $24,174