THERE’S only one thing better than picking a winner in the Melbourne Cup and that’s getting a result at odds. Our guide to the top Melbourne Cup roughies is updated regularly in the lead-up to the 2021 edition.
The Melbourne Cup is a hard race to pick at the best of times which means getting a winner is going to pay a higher dividend than almost any other race in the country. This means however finding a roughie in the race that stops a nation going to be that much more lucrative for backers.
Roughie backers have been rewarded for their patience in the Melbourne Cup with just one horse, Protectionist in 2014, winning the race as a single figure runner in the last five years. The top Melbourne Cup betting sites have extensive odds available with it important to use odds comparison when betting on roughies, because their can be big discrepancies.
Who’s the best roughie in the 2020 Melbourne Cup?
The best long priced roughies in the 2020 Melbourne Cup are Warning who is $26 at most horse betting sites, and Persan at $34.
Warning has been set for the Melbourne Cup throughout this campaign, and returns to Flemington after taking out the 2019 VRC Derby, so we know he is a genuine stayer. The key with the Freedman trained galloper is needing to draw a good barrier, he has been severely unlucky in recent times when drawing some of the widest barriers. If he can draw somewhere in the first 10, then he will be one to keep an eye at odds with only 53kgs to carry.
Persan is arguably one of the most in-form stayers in the country and won his way into the Melbourne Cup by taking out the Bart Cummings. He defeated some impressive stayers who he may come up against on the first Tuesday in November. We know he can stay all day, and with only 51kgs on his back he is certainly one to consider.
Who are longest priced winners in Melbourne Cup history?
Four horses in the history of the Melbourne Cup have won the big one at odds of $100 or more.
The Pearl was the first to do it in 1871, Wotan (1936) and Old Rowley (1940) all did it over 60 years ago. The Darren Weir-trained Prince Of Penzance was the last to do it 2015.
A triple figure winner is hard to find at the best of times, and in the modern age it seems even more unlikely.
Just one runner in 2017, Gallante ($126) jumped in triple figures, while the year before there were no runners in the Melbourne Cup that jumped at a price of $100 or over.
WATCH BELOW: Prince Of Penzance wins the Melbourne Cup as one of the longest priced winners in history
2020 Melbourne Cup Odds
|1||Anthony Van Dyck||Aidan O’Brien||Hugh Bowman||3||58.5kg||$8.50|
|2||Avilius||James Cummings||John Allen||10||57kg||$51|
|3||Vow And Declare||Danny O’Brien||Jamie Mott||4||57kg||$51|
|4||Master Of Reality||Joseph O’Brien||Ben Melham||11||56kg||$26|
|5||Sir Dragonet||C Maher & D Eustace||Glen Boss||14||55.5kg||$10|
|6||Twilight Payment||Joseph O’Brien||Jye McNeil||12||55.5kg||$31|
|7||Verry Elleegant||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||15||55.5kg||$13|
|8||Mustajeer||Kris Lees||Michael Rodd||2||55kg||$101|
|9||Stratum Albion||Willie Mullins||Jordan Childs||9||55kg||$47|
|10||Dashing Willoughby||Andrew Balding||Michael Walker||19||54.5kg||$101|
|11||Finche||Chris Waller||James McDonald||6||54.5kg||$19|
|12||Prince Of Arran||Charlie Fellowes||Jamie Kah||1||54.5kg||$12|
|13||Surprise Baby||Paul Preusker||Craig Williams||7||54.5kg||$9.50|
|15||Russian Camelot||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||16||53.5kg||$13|
|16||Steel Prince||A & S Freedman||William Pike||21||53.5kg||$44|
|17||The Chosen One||M Baker & A Forsman||Daniel Stackhouse||5||53.5kg||$42|
|18||Ashrun||Andreas Wohler||Declan Bates||24||53kg||$23|
|19||Warning||A & S Freeman||Luke Currie||8||53kg||$51|
|20||Etah James||C Maher & D Eustace||Billy Egan||22||52.5kg||$201|
|21||Tiger Moth||Aidan O’Brien||Kerrin McEvoy||23||52.5kg||$8.60|
|22||Oceanex||M Price & M Kent jnr||Dean Yendall||17||51.5kg||$101|
|23||Miami Bound||Danny O’Brien||Daniel Moor||21||51kg||$41|
|24||Persan||C Maher & D Eustace||Michael Dee||20||51kg||$42|