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The five best bets for Melbourne Cup Day – and how to place them

But Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien gave the locals renewed hope when Vow And Declare won last year and Horsham-trained Surprise Baby would be fairytale local winner this year.

The traditional office sweep will be missing in many cases but there are still myriad ways to have a flutter on the Cup.

With on-course betting out of bounds, the demand for off-course wagering promises to be manic as punters watch from the couch at home or attend pubs or functions.

HOW TO BET

TAB, PUB TAB OUTLETS
Best advice is to bet as early as you can. Most TAB outlets will open from 8am, and with COVID-19 protocols to be observed, give yourself plenty of time. For example there will be no betting cards on display; just ask agency staff, who will have a supply of Cup marked cards or you can use the EBTs (electronic betting terminals). Staff at TAB outlets, pub TAB and clubs will assist you to place a bet if you are unsure how to access EBTs. And remember to check your ticket to make sure your bet has been recorded correctly.

ONLINE BETTING
There are options aplenty, from opening a TAB account or using the services of a host of online bookies. Just search “online bookmakers” in your preferred search engine and you will find a range of options for punters with easy to follow instructions how to open an account.

EXOTIC BETS
Flexi-betting has proved a godsend for the small punter. The lure is a percentage of a big dividend for a modest outlay. Exotic bets such as the trifecta (first three placegetters in order) and first four are so named because they regularly deliver thumping dividends. For example the first four in order from last year’s Cup paid $79,381.40 for a $1 unit. If you box five numbers – say 1, 11, 12, 13, 21 for a $20 outlay – you get that combination in any order and you would receive 16.66 per cent of a $1 dividend.

BEST BETS

SCHWEPPERVESCENCE PLATE

Flemington, race 3, No.1 HARD LANDING
Undefeated in two 1000-metre starts and freshened for the switch back to his favoured distance range. Will appreciate the drop in class from recent group races, blinkers go on, looks well-placed.
Suggested bet: To win.

TAB TROPHY

Flemington, race 5, No.2 AIN’TNODEELDUN
Emerging galloper who would not have been out of his league in Saturday’s Victoria Derby.
Irresistible formline from his last start, a Morphettville win downing Victoria Quay, who won last Saturday’s Wakeful Stakes.
Suggested bet: To win.

MELBOURNE CUP

Flemington, race 7, No.1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK
English Derby winner who turned in a commanding Cup trial when he looped the field from near last to run a close second in the Caulfield Cup. With a kinder barrier draw this time, the class runner is sure to be in the finish in an open Cup.
Suggested bet: Each way.

FURPHY PLATE

Flemington, race 8, No.1 HOMESMAN
Dominant first-up Moonee Valley win and although not so well placed under handicap conditions he’s the class runner. Will use the inside draw to his advantage and try to dictate terms in front again.
Suggested bet: To win.

MSS SECURITY SPRINT

Flemington, race 10, No.16 ONE MORE JACK
Adelaide visitor who is racing in great form in weaker grade. On-pacer who tries his heart out and is capable of graduating to this stronger company.
Suggested bet: Each way.

THE AGE QUADDIE

Race 7, MELBOURNE CUP
It is a wide-open Cup but the starting point has to be the top weight Anthony Van Dyck (1). Super Cup trial in the Caulfield Cup. Stablemate Tiger Moth (21) fits the same profile as recent UK Cup winners Rekindling and Cross Counter. Finche (11) and Prince Of Arran (12) both ran well in last year’s Cup and are racing just as well now.
Numbers: 1, 11, 12, 21.

Race 8, FURPHY PLATE
Homesman (1) is the class runner fresh from a first-up win at Moonee Valley. Makes his own luck on pace and can defy the big weight. Junipal (6) can bounce back from a Toorak failure while Harbour Views (8) will appreciate coming back to a handicap and blinkers go on.
Numbers: 1, 6, 8.

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Race 9, HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB STAKES
Cordilla (15) finally broke through for a Cranbourne win after two luckless runs, this is harder but she is an improving mare. Wild Vixen (2), an impressive fresh winner at Geelong and Lyre (3) down in class, are both threats.
Numbers: 2, 3, 15.

Race 10, MSS SECURITY SPRINT
A host of chances in the quaddie closer, including Adelaide visitor One More Jack (16) who makes his own luck on pace and tries hard. Geelong fresh winner The Astrologist (17) has raced well down the straight. Sydney visitor Yao Dash (15) has trialled well for his return.
Numbers: 15, 16, 17.
For a $20 outlay you would receive 18.51 per cent of a $1 dividend.

Please gamble responsibly.

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