The 2017 Melbourne Cup took place in the early hours of this morning, 7th November 2017. The Irish horse Rekindling came out on top with Jonannes Vermeer in second.
One of the world’s biggest and most anticipated horse races took place in Australia this morning, at 4am UK time and as usual the event lived up to the intense hype.
The most esteemed race in Australia dubbed the race that stops a nation is one of the biggest betting events in Australia. According to this article, it seems the catch phrase for the event may need to be altered for future races to the race that stops the world.
Overall about $90 million was wagered on the Melbourne Cup this year. This figure was slightly down by 5% on last years betting turnover for the single race. However, betting for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the four day race meet, was up by 4%.
The annual race that happens at Flemington is one of the most anticipated races of the year and always lives up to its boozy reputation. Just do a Google search and you’ll soon see what I mean.
Whenever there is a big event, there are always big winners and losers. Let’s look at the big winners for the Melbourne Cup 2017.
One punter won $1 million after selecting Rekindling to win the race in a TAB promotion, a New Zealand betting agency. The winner known as ‘Dominic from Mill Park’ had the option to pick a horse which could net him $1 million. He selected Rekindling and the rest is history. He’s now got an extra $1 million in his pocket.
Joseph O’Brien, the 24 year old champion trainer of Rekindling, is another big winner from the race this morning. The Irish trainer beat his father to the post and has made a successful horse training family even more prestigious. O’Brien junior is a sure bet to go on and train more winning horses around the world in the future.
The owner, Lloyd Williams, takes home another race victory at the Melbourne Cup. That makes it an amazing 6 Melbourne Cup wins in 36 years. Lloyd Williams is never found at the race itself, instead he watches from home, waiting anxiously for the finish.
Another big winner of the day is winning jockey Corey Brown from Australia. That’s his second Melbourne Cup victory after his win in 2009.
The trainer, jockey and owner will all take home a great deal of prize money thanks to Rekindling winning the race. They will all take their cut of the $3.6 million first place prize.
Melbourne Cup and Matched Betting
Matched betting is unlikely to bag you $1 million like the lucky punter above or a share in a $3.6 million prize pool. However, you can still make a great second income using this risk free betting technique. If you’re new to matched betting you can find out more in this article.
There are usually some great offers for matched bettors to take advantage of, thanks to the brilliant race down under. Granted, the race doesn’t come at a great time in the UK. However, you can still place your bets in advance and literally make money whilst you are sleeping. Or if you’re really maximising your matched betting efforts you could put your alarm on. The choice is yours…
That’s it for this year’s 2017 Melbourne Cup.
We’re already looking forward to it next year.
Finally, congratulations to the Rekindling camp!