Melbourne Cup 2019 Futures betting

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The Melbourne Cup in 2019 promises to be one of the most open affairs in years, with a number of good Australian and International contenders vying for their place in racing history.

Heading into the race, punters will face two main options when betting:

Do you go early on futures betting, or do you wait for the tote?

In this betting guide, we’ll look at what futures betting is, it’s advantages, disadvantages and how to use these markets to maximise your returns on the Melbourne Cup.

United States Bookmakers for Melbourne Cup Futures Betting

Bookmakers for Melbourne Cup Futures Betting


Advantages of placing a Melbourne Cup futures bet

The saying goes “early bird catches the worm” and that’s the punters theory when betting on futures.

Getting in early has always been a positive in all aspects of betting because that’s when the best value is offered.

Why are the odds better? Due to the race being days, weeks or months away, the odds haven’t been affected by recent form, nor can the price be affected by the pool of money.

Some helpful futures market info and thoughts:

  • Most Melbourne Cup favourite’s pay in the range of $5-$8 by the time of race day, but you can get almost double that for most of the well-favoured runners in the months leading up to the race, with the markets constantly changing.
  • Futures odds also give punters the opportunity to secure big overs on a runner that isn’t well liked in the market. Punters might have an inkling, inside knowledge or just plain luck and their runner at massive odds could get into the field with a chance of winning.
  • Runners yet to be accepted to run in the 24-horse field in the Melbourne Cup will often have to show strong form and win qualification races in the lead up. Before they achieve this feat, they are often in the hundreds of dollars in the odds market. Getting in early on a futures market can literally make you hundreds and thousands of dollars.
  • If your desired runner isn’t listed at any of our recommended bookmakers, simply make contact with them and they will get a quote for your runner.

2018 Melbourne Cup Field

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
1 Best Solution Melbourne Cup 2017 Best Solution Saeed bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6 57.5kg $15
2 The Cliffsofmoher Melbourne Cup 2017 The Cliffsofmoher Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9 56.5kg $17
3 Magic Circle Melbourne Cup 2017 Magic Circle Ian Williams Corey Brown 17 56kg $8.50
4 Chestnut Coat Melbourne Cup 2017 Chestnut Coat Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 4 55.5kg $9.50
5 Muntahaa Melbourne Cup 2017 Muntahaa John Gosden Jim Crowley 13 55.5kg $10
6 Sound Check Melbourne Cup 2017 Sound Check Mike Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg $67
7 Who Shot TheBarman Melbourne Cup 2017 Who Shot TheBarman Chris Waller Ben Melham 18 55.5kg $8.50
8 Ace High Melbourne Cup 2017 Ace High David Payne Tye Angland 22 55kg $11
9 Marmelo Melbourne Cup 2017 Marmelo Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 10 55kg $17
10 Avilius Melbourne Cup 2017 Avilius James Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 54.5kg $13
11 Yucatan Melbourne Cup 2017 Yucatan Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 23 54.5kg $4.50
12 Auvray Melbourne Cup 2017 Auvray Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 1 54kg $91
13 Finche Melbourne Cup 2017 Finche Chris Waller Zac Purton 15 54kg $26
14 Red Cardinal Melbourne Cup 2017 Red Cardinal Darren Weir Damien Oliver 5 54kg $34
15 Vengeuer Masque Melbourne Cup 2017 Vengeur Masque Mike Moroney Patrick Moloney 2 54kg $67
16 Ventura Storm Melbourne Cup 2017 Ventura Storm Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig Mark Zahra 7 54kg $34
17 A Prince of Arran Melbourne Cup 2017 A Prince of Arran Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 20 53kg $15
18 Nakeeta Melbourne Cup 2017 Nakeeta Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 3 53kg $81
19 Sir Charles Road Melbourne Cup 2017 Sir Charles Road Sullivan & Scott Dwayne Dunn 14 53kg $101
20 Zacada Melbourne Cup 2017 Zacada Forsman & Baker Damien Lane 24 53kg $126
21 Runaway Melbourne Cup 2017 Runaway Waterhouse & Bott Stephen Baster 12 52kg $34
22 Youngstar Melbourne Cup 2017 Youngstar Chriss Waller Craig Williams 8 51.5kg $21
23 Cross Counter Melbourne Cup 2017 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg $9
24 Rostropovich Melbourne Cup 2017 Rostropovich Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 21 51kg $21

Best bookmakers for Melbourne Cup futures odds

Sportsbet is usually one of the first bookmakers to release a Melbourne Cup market. The Australian licensed bookmaker has an extensive all-in market available all throughout the year and they offer more than competitive prices.

Their outstanding promotional department makes betting on horse racing very rewarding and they offer some of the best deals come Melbourne Cup time – including fixed quinella and refund specials.

They have applications for iPhone, Android and tablet devices.

Bet365 offer a wide range of racing futures bets, including the 2018 Melbourne Cup. With great futures prices and an easy-to-use website, Bet365 are one of the world’s best bookmaking firms.

Bet365 is one bookmaker you can trust to provide year-round markets on the race that stops a nation.

BetEasy.com.au has had significant success in the Australian market since being relaunched after the merger of CrownBet and WilliamHill — the bookmaker, Australian-managed, targets the Melbourne Spring carnival and Melbourne Cup with a number of great deals, markets and specials.

Due to its domestic presence and focus on racing, BetEasy offer futures racing markets on all the world-leading races, including the Melbourne Cup, which it will often have markets for almost 12 months ahead of the race.

2019 Melbourne Cup futures odds

Note: Keep an eye on this page for updated odds and odds comparison from the biggest bookmakers.

Remember the value futures punters will receive, given the favourite before the running of the Cup usually jumps at between $5-$10.

Most online bookmakers provide fixed odds for more than 100 possible horses that could squeeze into the 24-runner field.

The disadvantages of futures betting

We have highlighted the reasons why futures betting can be rewarding, but punters must be aware of the pitfalls and risks that also apply:


  • When you place a futures bet, your money is tied up in that market for a long period of time, therefore, don’t expect a quick payout when placing a futures bet. Betting into a futures market can be good for a big payout off a small investment, which appeals to the smaller bankrolls, but the larger players tend to want a quicker payout.
  • Odds can change, sometimes in your favour, but sometimes not. If you back a horse at $31 and it starts the race at $51, then you’re flat out of luck. It’s tough to predict what a horse will pay on the day of the race, so be wary of the factors that adjusts a horse’s starting price.
  • It seems obvious, but you can’t play multiples or exotic futures bets. All futures bets are either for the win or at an each way basis. Due to an unknown pool size, you can’t take bets such as quinella or trifecta in the futures market.

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