The Melbourne Cup Hall of Famers

The world’s hardiest stayers line up at Flemington Racecourse each year to battle it out over 3200m in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup. It requires phenomenal levels of guts, stamina and determination to win the race that stops a nation, and the victors go down in history. There have been several famous winners over the years, but these are the 10 that we would place in the Melbourne Cup Hall of Fame:

Archer

Sydney outsider Archer travelled to Victoria on a steam boat to contest the very first Melbourne Cup in 1861. He was given no chance of beating Victorian champion Mormon, but Archer made a mockery of the odds and finished six lengths clear of his rivals. He trounced the field once again in 1862, and only a bureaucratic scandal stopped him from completing a hat-trick the following year.

Carbine

Carbine was famous for his indefatigable stamina, his ability to shoulder a heavy burden and his impressive pace on the rough tracks on the 19th century. He holds the record for the heaviest weight ever carried by a Melbourne Cup winner. Carbine was lumbered with an outrageous 10 stone 5 pounds (66 kg) in the 1890 Melbourne Cup, but he still beat 38 rivals to salute at Flemington. He won 17 of his final 18 races and he will go down as one of the greatest Australian stayers of all time.

Phar Lap

The legendary Phar Lap is the shortest odds winner in Melbourne Cup history. He went off with a starting price of just 8/11 after surviving an assassination attempt to compete in the 1930 Melbourne Cup. He coasted to victory, delighting the punters that backed him to the hilt. If you check the odds at https://www.punters.com.au/melbourne-cup/melbourne-cup-horses/, you are unlikely to ever see such short odds on a runner in the Melbourne Cup again. Yet there has never been a horse quite like Phar Lap, and many believe that he would beat all the other Melbourne Cup winners if they were to race.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan became the second stayer to win two Melbourne Cups. He was famed for his unusual colouring – chestnut with a blonde mane and tail – and many loved him for his beauty. Yet he was also a magnificently talented thoroughbred who won the 1932 Melbourne Cup by a neck. He was prevented from running in 1922, as he battled a near-fatal viral disease that swept Sydney’s racing stables, but he returned to win the race that stops a nation in 1934.

Rain Lover

Rain Lover became just the second runner to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups when he saluted in 1968 and 1969. His first triumph saw him win by a record eight-length margin and in a record time of 3:19.1. He then beat Alsop by a neck to defend his crown the following year. He liked to lead from the start, and his rivals simply could not catch him.

Think Big

Think Big handed iconic trainer Bart Cummings his fourth victory in the Melbourne Cup when he beat heavily backed stablemate Leilani in 1974. His form then dipped badly, and he was a 33/1 outsider for the 1975 Melbourne Cup. However, Think Big always saved his best performances for the Cup, and he got the better of another stablemate, Holiday Wagon, to secure a second triumph. It was Cummings’ fifth Cup win and fourth quinella, and he went on to win the Cup a record 12 times.

Kingston Rule

Kingston Rule holds the record for the fastest winning time in Melbourne Cup history. He completed the race in a time of 3:16.3 in 1990, finishing well clear of his rivals. Kingston Rule, a son of the famous US Triple Crown winner Secretariat, was also part of the Cummings stable. No stayer has ever been able to beat his time in the ensuing decades.

Might and Power

New Zealand-bred front-runner Might and Power is one of just 11 horses to win the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double. He is also one of two horses to win both Cups and the Cox Plate, showing what a versatile runner he was. Might and Power broke course records in the winning the Caulfield Cup, the Doomben Cup, and the Cox Plate, and won a number of races by big margins.

Makybe Diva

Makybe Diva is officially the most successful horse in Melbourne Cup history after winning the race three times in a row between 2003 and 2005. A South Australian tuna fisherman called Tony Santic owned the mare. He named her after five of his employees – Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane, and Vanessa – by taking the first two letters from each of their names. She will go down in history as a Melbourne Cup legend, and her final triumph is possibly the greatest moment in the race’s history.

Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance became the fourth 100/1 underdog to win the Melbourne Cup when he saluted in 2015. The Peal pulled it off in 1871, followed by Wotan in 1936 and Old Rowley in 1940, but it seemed as though a 100/1 roughie would never prevail in the modern era. Yet Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the race when she guided Prince of Penzance to an improbable victory.

Betting on the Both Teams to Score Market

There used to be a time where betting customers could only punt on teams to win football matches. The Full-Time Result coupon was published and punters would go through the long list, picking out the teams that they fancied and choosing to bet them in a single or multiple.

However, times have changed for the better and there are lots of alternative options including the Both Teams to Score betting market. As the name implies, this simply involves punting on two potential options:

  • Yes – you’re betting on both teams to score
  • No – you’re betting on at least one team not to score

Sometimes Both Teams to Score is referred to as BTTS and we’re on hand to provide regular BTTS tips whether that’s in the form of an individual match or BTTS accumulator tips considering that customers like to load up a multiple bet when it comes to this betting market.

Backing a BTTS Accumulator

There are no limits when it comes to the number of selections you can make as part of your BTTS accumulator. You can go through every football match being played that day and aim to predict whether both sides will score or not in each clash. We tend to recommend picking between four to six matches for this purpose as it will give you a Both Teams to Score acca that pays out at decent odds.

Many BTTS accas include lots of matches ticked “Yes” and there’s a particular reason for this. Namely that you can win with this selection within a short space of time. If Manchester United are playing Everton and the scoreline is 1-1 after twenty minutes, then that selection gets immediately settled as a winner.

When it comes to BTTS tips, we like to have a strong opinion regarding a certain game in terms of whether both sides will score or not. If we’re plumping for “Yes”, then we might have a strong argument as to why each team will find the net at least once. Similarly, the “No” option would mean we expect at least one side to keep a clean sheet.

If you have put together a BTTS accumulator involving five games and you’ve gone for the “Yes” option on all your Both Teams to Score bets, then you’re essentially cheering on the ten teams to all find the net. You can tick them off one by one and hopefully get into a position where you land a profit.

Mon Mome

Form comes and goes, but class lasts forever, or so they say, and that’s certainly something to bear in mind when looking for a big-priced winner. Not all rank outsiders, not even those who are sent off at triple-figure odds, are necessarily forlorn hopes. They may be unfancied for any number of reasons, such as being asked to race on unsuitable going, over an unsuitable distance, or both, or simply running poorly last time out.

Take Mon Mome who, in 2009, became the first 100/1 winner of the Grand National since Foinavon in 1967. The previous year, on good going, Mon Mome had finished a never dangerous in the National, off a 7lb lower mark, so from a handicapping perspective his chance of winning the race at the second attempt was not obvious. He’d also been beaten 57 lengths over 4 miles 1½ furlongs on soft going at Uttoxeter and 42 lengths over 3 miles 3½ furlongs on heavy going at Haydock – admittedly in valuable races – so he wasn’t exactly in form, either.

However, by virtue of having won three lower grade steeplechases on soft and heavy going during the 2005/06 season, as a novice, Mon Mome had been labelled a mudlark. Nevertheless, closer inspection would have shown that his best form in the months leading up to the Grand National had come on good to soft going at Cheltenham the previous December, when he’d beaten Star De Mohaison and Possol by half a length and 19 lengths in a Listed handicap chase over 3 miles 1½ furlongs, off a handicap mark of 140. One or two observant tipsters spotted this at the time, presenting Mon Mome as one of their Grand National tips. On the basis of the form, he’d been made favourite for the Welsh National at Chepstow, but ran below expectations on the soft ground, as he did on subsequent outings at Haydock and Uttoxeter.

Prior to the 2009 Grand National, Mon Mome had never won beyond 3 miles 1½ furlongs, so had his stamina to prove. On the plus side, though, he had experience of the National Course and the prevailing going at Aintree was good to soft, so off a handicap mark 8lb higher than at Cheltenham, he was – or, at least, should have been – one to consider.

Bookmakers obviously aren’t stupid, but while horses that win at massive odds aren’t exactly ten a penny, they do occur more frequently than you might imagine. If you can find a horse that is attempting the same as it has achieved in the past, or only a little more, and you can make a solid case for it on the grounds of distance, going, handicapping or any other relevant factor(s), don’t be afraid to take a long price. There would be, or rather is, nothing worse than having your eye on an outsider with something about it, then deciding not to bet and seeing it romp home. When betting at large or generous odds, the value is there, and so there’s something to be said for making a proactive decision rather than overthinking.