The Melbourne Cup 2020 is fast approaching. This year’s running of the “race that stops a nation” will take place on November 3rd. The race’s prize purse is worth an amazing $8 million and some of the world’s top thoroughbreds will take part in the event. The Melbourne Cup isn’t the only race held on the day at Flemington Racecourse.
The festival will feature 10 races throughout the day, giving punters plenty of opportunities to wager on first-class races. Racing fans can enjoy the latest offers for Melbourne Cup 2020 betting before wagering on the horse they believe will win the fame race.
The Melbourne Cup is just weeks away. Which horses are the favourites to win the Melbourne Cup and are there any surprises in store?
The Favourite to win the Melbourne Cup is…
Danny O’Brien’s Russian Camelot leads antepost odds to win the Melbourne Cup 2020. Russian Camelot is 7/1 to win the race in November. The horse has a stellar record winning two of his four-race starts. Russian Camelot’s last win came in the Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. The September win came just a few weeks after a second-place finish at Flemington Racecourse in the PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes.
The Irish-trained horse has been labelled as the best ever that O’Brien’s has trained. O’Brien produced the winners of the Melbourne Cup 2019 (Vow And Declare) and VRC Oaks 2019 (Miami Bound). To claim that Russian Camelot is the best he has ever had is truly high praise.
Russian Camelot isn’t just the odds-on favourite to win the Melbourne Cup, but sportsbooks’ favourite to land the Cox Plate 2020, too. The Cox Plate is the lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup 2020. The race will take place on October 24th and Russian Camelot will have nine days to prepare for the second Melbourne Cup.
Can another horse upset Russian Camelot?
Surprise Baby is listed at 8/1 odds to win the Melbourne Cup after finishing ninth on Saturday, October 3rd 's TAB Turnbull Stakes. The race took place at Flemington with jockey Craig Williams in the saddle. Williams was atop of Surprise Baby for the last two races, a second-place and ninth-place finish, respectively.
International runner Tiger Moth will compete in the Melbourne Cup 2020. Tiger Moth claimed a win in September at Leopardstown in the Paddy Power “Is It 2021 Yet?” Stakes. Trainer Aiden O’Brien has six horses set to compete at the Melbourne Cup.
Tiger Moth and other international competitors heading to Australia for the festival have already entered a two-week quarantine. The isolation lasts from October 2nd to October 17th. Tiger Moth was re-handicapped from 50 kilograms to 52.5 kilograms for the Melbourne Cup. O’Brien’s other potential Melbourne Cup runners include Anthony van Dyck and Santiago. Tiger Moth is 10/1 to win the Melbourne Cup 2020.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy will ride Tiger Moth for the race after leaving the Godolphin racing syndicate. McEvoy won the St. Ledger in England while riding for Godolphin.