Should We Back Red Cardinal To Win The 2017 Melbourne Cup?

Written by Nich Moore on 2017-08-09 at 07:08
Melbourne Cup betting odds Which horse will take the massive payday in Melbourne this year? (photo: railholidaysaustralia.com.au)
The phrase “organized chaos” is over-used. The UK's plans for Brexit, the presidency of Donald Trump, the Notting Hill Carnival and the World Cup in Russia next year all seem to have a tinge of the unpredictable about them, however if you wish to wager on the rapid cause-and-effect nature of chaos theory one need look no further than placing a bet on Red Cardinal to win The 2017 Melbourne Cup at Bet365, because this race is rarely a straight forward affair.

The Melbourne Cup

• Since: 1861
• Location: Flemington
• Surface: Turf
• Distance: 3,200m
• No. Riders: 24
• Prize – A$6.2m
Originally run over 2 miles the Melbourne Cup is now contested over 3,200m, a result of Australia going metric in 1972, however the spirit of the original wasn't lost in the cutting of those 19 meters, and this November 7th the massive field will line up at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria under the gaze of a equally large crowd all there to see if Francis Of Assisi can beat Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup. If you like to bet on sports in Australia this is one race you want to have money on.

Of course no one actually wants a repeat of the chaos that beset the first race held back in 1861 in front of just 4,000 people. The brainchild of Frederick Standish that first incarnation saw a field of just 17 horses contest a race for 710 Sovereigns and a gold watch, one of which bolted before the start and three more of which fell during the race, two of them fatally. Anyone placing a bet on Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup should be assured that such ghastly occurrences are now rare at the event.

Can Anyone Beat Red Cardinal To Win The 2017 Melbourne Cup?


A twenty-four horse limit was placed on the race for “safety” despite years having seen a field as large as thirty nine thunder past the Flemington crowds, albeit it back in 1890. This means that only a select few can race for the A$6.2m purse and the prestige of the race alone has drawn, over the years, numerous big names from across the world, although few have won, which is why taking advantage of Australian gambling laws to back Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup could be a good plan.

Red Cardinal betting odds
Red Cardinal recently took first place at the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational (photo: belmontstakes.com)

You can get 14/1 on Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup right now at Bet365, just a nose ahead of Francis Of Assisi at 16/1. This, however, is perhaps an unfair comparison since the former won the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational just this June and the latter hasn't really performed since the Queen Elizabeth States last year. That said if you're going to bet on the Melbourne Cup and simply back one of the two favourites to win, the chances are you've wasted the opportunity for some fun bets.

Find All The Odds On Red Cardinal To Win The 2017 Melbourne Cup At Bet365


The 2017 Melbourne Cup

• Can anyone beat Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup given its just 14/1 to win?
• Could Francis Of Assisi pip it at the post and get a 16/1 win for you down-under?
• Will 66/1 Wicklow Brave surprise everyone and repeat it's Irish St. Leger victory?
The most amusing would be backing Wicklow Brave, currently a 66/1 shot at Bet365, if only because the horse stands to win an extra A$500,000 should it come home a winner in the Melbourne Cup by dint of already having won the Irish St Leger this year. Of course it'll make Australian gambling news headlines if it does, this field is full of winners, but among so many racing horses anything can happen and that bet on Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup could come a cropper at any time.

Naturally there are plenty of good each-way options, Thomas Hobson, Almandin, Vaziabad, and Frontiersman can all be had at 20/1 to win and stand a great chance of placing come the end of the race, and whilst Dr Who fans might hit Bet365 to back Hartnell at 25/1, surfers Bondi Beach at 33/1 and AC/DC fans Ubin Thunderstruck at 50/1 there will be a regrettably sizable proportion of the gambling public who will not be swayed from the safest bet; Red Cardinal to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
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