EVERY punter loves an omen bet and there are some cracking options for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
The Melbourne Cup attracts all types of punters – some do the form and some don’t, but then there are those punters that simply back a horse because it shares their name, or is grey, or has some relation to something in their life.
Omen bets are often discussed after the race, but we’ve found some omen bets for the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday so punters have time to pick their favourite.
Unfortunately there are no horses called “Melbourne Cup” in this year’s running, but with the six degrees of separation rule, we’ve found some omen bets which could line the pockets of punters on Tuesday.
2017 Melbourne Cup odds
|1||Hartnell||James Cummings||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||$31|
|2||Almandin||Robert Hickmott||Frankie Dettori||14||56.5kg||$9|
|3||Humidor||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||13||56kg||$11|
|4||Tiberian||Alain Couetil||Oliver Peslier||23||55.5kg||$26|
|5||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||16||55kg||$8.50|
|6||Red Cardinal||Andreas Wohler||Kerrin McEvoy||24||55kg||$18|
|7||Johannes Vermeer||Aiden O’Brien||Ben Melham||3||54.5kg||$9.50|
|8||Bondi Beach||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||1||54kg||$67|
|9||Max Dynamite||William Mullins||Zac Purton||2||54kg||$14|
|10||Ventura Storm||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Glen Boss||6||54kg||$34|
|Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||20||54kg||SCR|
|12||Wicklow Brave||William Mullins||Stephen Baster||8||54kg||$67|
|13||Big Duke||Darren Weir||Brenton Avdulla||5||53.5kg||$19|
|14||US Army Ranger||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||22||53.5kg||$67|
|15||Boom Time||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Cory Parish||9||53kg||$34|
|16||Gallante||Robert Hickmott||Michael Dee||18||53kg||$91|
|17||Libran||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||7||53kg||$41|
|18||Nakeeta||Iain Jardine||Glyn Schofield||19||53kg||$41|
|19||Single Gaze||Nick Olive||Kathy O’Hara||11||53kg||$41|
|20||Wall Of Fire||Hugo Palmer||Craig Williams||15||53kg||$11|
|21||Thomas Hobson||William Mullins||Joao Moreira||21||52kg||$19|
|22||Rekindling||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||4||51.5kg||$12|
|23||Amelie’s Star||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||10||51kg||$21|
|24||Cismontane||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens||17||50kg||$67|
Here comes the boom!
There was a seismic boom heard around Caulfield when Boom Time won the Caulfield Cup and the shock waves might continue to thunder at Flemington on Tuesday.
Boom Time isn’t an omen bet as such, but when paired with Max Dynamite it certainly fits the criteria.
Australians don’t celebrate Guy Fawkes Day (November 5), but for the rest of the world including England and New Zealand, both of these runners could give punters a late fireworks display.
Boom Time has firmed into $26 following its Caulfield Cup win and popular international Max Dynamite has been solid in the market at $21 with Sportsbet from the outset.
Punters could either back both runners for the win or go for the full fireworks display and take a Melbourne Cup quinella. The odds for this option won’t be released with bookmakers until Saturday night or Sunday morning, but we’re picking the odds for the quinella will be around $70.
Same name omen bets
We all know there’s punters out there that love betting on horses with similar names – this year that title belongs to Kellstorm and Ventura Storm.
Both runners have little in common except for their names, but how many times do horses with similar names run in the first three? It’s quite often and many punters like to throw in the favourite for their trifecta bets.
Ventura Storm pulled up with a vet problem in the Caulfield Cup, much to the disappointment of its followers, but by all accounts he’s good to go for the Melbourne Cup and the $35 at Neds.com.au is a nice price.
Kellstorm might need some help getting into the Melbourne Cup final field as a $151 chance, but the Darren Weir-trained runner would have the potential of causing an upset.
The OTI-owned five-year-old finished only sixth in the Geelong Cup, but its third placing in the Bart Cummings was a good performance and finishing in front of 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin has to be respected.
We won’t suggest backing them in a quinella, but take both Ventura Storm and Kellstorm in your each way selections for some value.