TAB gears up for the biggest day of the year

2 November 2020

MEDIA RELEASE

The field is set for the 2020 Melbourne Cup with some strong Kiwi connections in contention for the world's richest handicap race.

“This is the biggest betting day of the year for the TAB. Despite it being an Australian race, New Zealand has a proud history at the Melbourne Cup and we again have strong linkages this year,” says Glen Saville, TAB NZ GM Customer and Betting.

“While the average bet in 2019 was $10.20, there have also been some highly backed horses with Irish stallion Tiger Moth securing two $20,000 final field bets placed at $8. 

“Locally bred horses are always well backed in New Zealand and this year is no different, with Kiwi bred Verry Elleegant generating a lot of interest.

“The Caulfield Cup winning mare is trained by Sydney-based Kiwi Chris Waller, and is partly owned by Kiwi Nicholas Bishara. Bishara trained her when she was starting out her career in New Zealand. Verry Elleegant attracted the largest bet in the Futures Market, with one punter placing $10,000 on her at $11. 

“There’s other New Zealand interest too with Etah James, a thoroughbred mare formerly trained in New Zealand by Mark Lupton, at her first Melbourne Cup”, said Saville.

“The Chosen One, trained by Kiwis Murray Baker and Andrew Forsmanis is back at the Melbourne Cup for the second time and has attracted some interest with one punter taking a $10,000 bet to win.  Although he finished near the back of the field last time, he’s had strong performances at The Sydney Cup and at the Caulfield Cup in September.”

There will be no crowds to cheer the horses along at Flemington tomorrow due to Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria, however there will be thousands of race goers at Ellerslie Racecourse for Melbourne Cup Day.

The race starts at 5pm and will be broadcast live on Trackside 1 and 2 (Channel 62 and 63 Sky) and TVNZ 1.

CONFIRMED FIELD AND FIXED ODDS

NAME 

JOCKEY 

WIN (as at 1pm, 2 Nov)

  1. ANTHONY VAN DYKE 

Hugh Bowman

$8.00

  1. AVILIUS 

John Allen

$31.00

  1. VOW AN DECLARE

Jamie Mott

$34.00

  1. MASTER OF REALITY 

Ben Melham

$17.00 

  1. SIR DRAGONET 

Glen Boss

$10.00

  1. TWILIGHT PAYMENT 

Jye McNeil

$18.00

  1. VERRY ELLEEGANT 

Mark Zahra

$11.00 

  1. MUSTAJEER

Michael Rodd

$61.00

  1. STRATUM ALBION

Jordan Childs

$31.00

  1. DASHING WILLOUGHBY 

Michael Walker

$61.00 

  1. FINCHE

James McDonald

$15.00

  1. PRINCE OF ARRUN 

Jamie Kah

$10.00

  1. SURPRISE BABY 

Craig Williams

$8.50

  1. KING OF LEOGRANCE

Damian Lane

$31.00

  1. RUSSIAN CAMELOT 

Damien Oliver

$12.00 

  1. STEEL PRINCE 

William Pike

$26.00

  1. THE CHOSEN ONE 

Daniel Stackhouse

$26.00 

  1. ASHRUN

Declan Bates

$18.00 

  1. WARNING 

Luke Currie

$31.00

  1. ETAH JAMES 

Billy Egan

$71.00 

  1. TIGER MOTH 

Kerrin McEvoy

$7.50

  1. OCEANEX

Dean Yendall

$51.00

  1. MIAMI BOUND 

Daniel Moor

$26.00

  1. PERSAN 

Michael Dee

$23.00 

BACKGROUND

MELBOURNE CUP FACTS:  

  • The average bet on the Melbourne Cup is $10.20. 
  • Last year, 83,200 account customers placed at least one bet on Melbourne Cup day. 
  • $9.9 million was the total turnover on Race 7. More than 80,100 account customers placed a bet on Race 7, representing 96% of all account customers who placed a bet on the day.

NEW ZEALAND SUCCESS

  • New Zealand bred horses have won 43 Melbourne Cups (42 individual winners). New Zealand’s bloodstock reputation began when Martini Henry won the Melbourne Cup in 1883 and was cemented with racing greats, such as Carbine (1890) and Phar Lap (1930), as well as New Zealand bred and trained Rising Fast (1954), who is the only horse to have won the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year.
  • More recently, Kiwi captured the hearts of New Zealanders when he stormed down the straight to win the Cup in 1983. Other notable winners include Empire Rose (1988), Doriemus (1995) and Might and Power (1997). Ethereal was the last New Zealand-trained horse to win in 2001.
  • New Zealand dominated the Cup during the late 1900s. In the period between 1947 and 2001 33 of the 55 Cups contested were won by New Zealand-bred horses.
  • New Zealand-bred horses have filled the first three placings on six occasions in the Cup. The first Kiwi trifecta was Nightmarch, Paquito and Phar Lap in the 1929 running. 1955, 1960, 1974, 1975 and 1978 were the other years.
  • New Zealander Sheila Laxon became the first female to 'officially' train a winner of the Cup when her mare Ethereal claimed the 2001 running of the great race. However, it was fellow countrywoman Granny McDonald who can lay claim to being the first female to train a Melbourne Cup winner. While licenced to train in New Zealand, women were banned from training in Australia. It was left to her Husband to obtain a temporary licence to train so that Granny's eight year-old gelding Catalogue could be entered into the 1938 running.