- The 2008 Melbourne Cup takes place at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 4, at 3pm, Australian eastern daylight saving time.
IT'S official. The international gallopers are set to dominate the 2008 Melbourne Cup like never before with a record nine European horses paid-up yesterday as third acceptors for next Tuesday's race.
On the first Tuesday of November each year, all Australia comes to a standstill. Dont forget to have a punt on your favorite horse right now , just hop on to one of these reputed australian online betting agencies and keep your fingers crossed , while all the horses do the hard yards.
Unless there are scratchings, 24 horses line up at the barrier at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the 3200-metre race which has become a national passion.
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Sporting bet will be offering Melbourne Cup betting odds on Australia's most popular and historic horse race. Melbourne Cup betting is an Australian tradition - like two-up on Anzac Day - and one of those rare sporting events where almost everyone seems to have a stake on the outcome!
Sportingbet, the truly Australian online bookmaker, always offers Melbourne Cup betting odds. Punters can get a fixed price right up to the start of the race and can place bets from home or work via the internet or phone.
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A O Brien
Towards the head of the market this Aidan O'Brien horse looks sure to run a big race and is a guaranteed stayer. Goes on any ground and is top quality. This may look a big price for Aussie and European punters and is our Melbourne Cup Tip.
A big contender after his second in a Group 2 at Deauville. Soft going will be an advantage to this horse who has never been out of the frame except when unlucky in the Caulfied Cup.
Zipping won the Moonee Valley Cup in 2006 and his recent Cox Plate run was very encouraging.
In a week fraught with injuries and subsequent retirements - Kentucky colt Big Brown for one - heavily touted Irish-bred 2008 Melbourne Cup runner, Profound Beauty, has joined the list after the mare suffered a bruised foot, causing her to miss two days of preparation.