Melbourne Cup Betting Offers

The Melbourne Cup is one of the most popular horse races in the world and every year in Australia it brings the entire nation to a standstill on the 1st Tuesday of November. The first Melbourne Cup was held back in 1861 with the winner 'Archer' ridden by John Cutts.

Legends about Archer, who also went on to win the following year, include the horse walking over 800 kilometres from New South Wales to Melbourne to take part in the race.

In recent years, the start list of the Melbourne Cup has been expanded and now includes runners from around the world, including the French trained winners of the 2010 and 2011 races.

The Melbourne Cup is a multi day event, which includes the Victoria Derby Day on the Saturday before the Cup. Flemington racecourse has a capacity of around 120,000 spectators with a large number of onsite bookies to place bets with.

Changes in modern technology have seen a massive change in the way punters place bets on horse races and especially the Melbourne Cup.

While bets can still be placed on the course, technology now allow bettors to place bets from mobile phones and computers which has led to a deluge of Melbourne Cup betting offers, free bets and deposit bonuses for new customers.

Online bookies have become more popular amongst horse racing bettors thanks to free bets like the William Hill free bet which make it possible to bet on the Melbourne Cup quickly and easily.

The ease and convenience of betting online has seen an increase in the amount of money bet on the Melbourne Cup over recent years. Bettors taking advantage of the great free bets available online have even been known to crash online bookies websites on race days!

Flemington racecourse has invested heavily in upgrading its mobile network to provide better access to online betting sites offering free bet offers on race day.

With $58 million dollars bet on the Melbourne Cup through one bookie in New South Wales alone, it's easy to see why online bookies offer heaps of free bet offers, deposit bonuses and special Melbourne Cup betting offers in a bid to entice new customers into betting with them.

You'll find that bookies offer heaps of Melbourne Cup betting offers before race day; from the chances of a horse breaking a record to a trainer continuing a winning streak.

For example, bookies offer free bets and other sports betting offers on a horse achieving a second straight win at Melbourne - the 2011 winner Dunaden is already the bookies joint favourite to retain the Cup in 2012! Other Melbourne Cup betting offers include the chances of the winning horse being French trained for a third straight year.

Following on from the French success with Dunaden in 2011 and in 2010 with Americain who finished fourth in 2011, Americain is already back amongst the favourites to win the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup became famous for its legendary horses, such as the 1930 winner Pharlap. Finishing third in 1929, Pharlap won the next year's race with the shortest odds ever given to a winner by bookies.

With such a reputation, you'll find some great free bets available at this years Melbourne Cup including whether trainer Bert Cummings can add to his impressive 12 wins.

Another of the favourites you'll find great betting offers available for is on the chances of a horse beating Kingston Rule's fastest winning time of 3:16.3 in 1990.

The horses running will be named closer to the time and you can be guaranteed that there'll be more than enough free bet offers available to place a decent amount of bets relatively cheaply.

Some of the best bookies offer heaps of form guides and stats so make sure you check them out, see who the favourites and underdogs are this year, make the most of all of those free bets and hopefully be dollars up when the Melbourne Cup is over!

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