Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The Melbourne Cup form guide is the crucial betting guide for punters looking to get in on the action of Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November each spring.

As soon as the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field is released on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day, the Melbourne Cup form guide becomes available.

There is a wealth of essential facts and info detailed in the Melbourne Cup Day Race 7 form guide for everyone from the casual one off punter to the pro.

Not only will the Melbourne Cup form guide tell you where, when and which horses are in that year’s edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ but in the better ones, like the guide that will be published on this page, also list more comprehensive statistics that will help you pick the Melbourne Cup winner.

Basic info found in a Melbourne Cup form guide includes:

  • Race Name – Emirates Melbourne Cup
  • Race Number – Flemington Race 7
  • Race Time – 3:00pm (local time)
  • Melbourne Cup Field – the final 24 acceptances
  • Saddlecloth Numbers – the number saddlecloth each horse will don is also the number you need to lock in at the bookies to back that horse
  • Trainers – the trainers represented by each horse
  • Jockeys – which jockeys will ride which horse
  • Weights – the handicap weight (kg) each horse has been allocated to carry

All of the above information is essential when it comes to getting in on the Melbourne Cup betting action.

For example, knowing the Melbourne Cup barriers allows you to determine what kind of run that horse will have on the day and looking into the historical facts will reveal certain barriers have produced more Melbourne Cup winners than others.

After these basic facts are covered the more detailed Melbourne Cup form guides go on to provide other facts including:

  • Recent Runs – usually presented as either the Last 6 or Last 10 runs for each horse, e.g. 582551 – the horse finished fifth, eighth, second, fifth, fifth and then first in their six most recent starts
  • Track Record – how many times the horse has run at Flemington and if they have won or placed
  • Distance Record – the number of starts, wins and minor placings the horse has over 3200-metres
  • Win & Place Rate – the percentage of career starts the horse has won and or finished top three

By using the information uncovered in the Melbourne Cup form guide each year you have a better chance of backing a winner in Race 7 and cleaning out the bookies.

Things to look for in the Melbourne Cup form guide before locking in your selections include stayers with form over the two miles, horses that aren’t too heavily weighted, and class gallopers that have been running well in their lead-up races.

The 2015 Melbourne Cup form guide will be published right here after the Melbourne Cup field is announced on Saturday October 31st, 2015 so bookmark this page.

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