This year’s Melbourne Cup is scheduled in November, which may not be right around the corner, but has definitely increased the excitement of both the fans and punters. The nominations for the races are to be released by 28 August, after which a complete and comprehensive profiling of the horses can be done.

In the meantime, we have compiled a list of the top 5 finishers of the 2 miles’ race in the previous year – 2017. There are high chances that we might be able to see these horses once again in action this year. This kind of relative predictability is a huge boon for the more cautious betters out there; those who want to put some money on the big race but who don’t just want to throw their money at something without any thought or foresight. Having some idea of how things might go is of the utmost importance to these sorts of punters. For anyone, though, getting some Melbourne Cup free bets, is nothing but a huge win. It allows newer and more cautious betters to get the hang of the game, while more seasoned betters simply get the benefit of a few free spins at their favourite form of gambling. All the introductory free bets, though, don’t make up for real knowledge of the horses in play so here is a quick crash course of some of the more likely bets around.


Winner of the last year’s edition of Melbourne Cup, Rekindling in all probability would be racing this year as well. The horse was foaled on 23 March, 2014 and is the youngest horse to win the Cup in the last 76 year. He is an Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse coached by Joseph O’Brien.

The horse is a boon for its betters and would have brought a 350% return for people investing in it since its professional racing. He was also the winner of the Ballysax Stakes and the Curragh Cup.

Johannes Vermeer

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the 5 year old horse from Ireland bagged the position of first runner up last year. Vermeer has entered the club of elite class racehorses considering his Group One level win and his career earnings of over $1,840,080. Last year he was his jockey was Zaz Purton and the horse proved profitable for punters.

Max Dynamite

The 8 year old French gelding-born stallion was foaled on 23rd April, 2010. Trained by the Carlow’s William P. Mullins, he was sired from the dam Mascara’s horse Great Journey. Dynamite is a promising race horse that won at the Group Two level and accumulated total career earnings of $1,755,937.

His best racing victory was when Frankie Dettori rode him on 21st August 2015 for the Group 2 British Champions Series. The horse finished first, defeating Mizzou and earning over $299,509. Duke would have provided a return of 10% for those investing in him since the beginning of his career.

Big Duke

Trained by Darren Weir of the Baringhup, Big Duke was ridden by Brenton Avdulla in the 2017 Melbourne Cup at the Flemington Racecourse and made it to the fourth position. Sired by Raven’s Pass from the dam Harzaranya, the 6 years old hails from Ireland.

Big Duke is another talented stallion who won at the Group Level Two and has garnered earnings of $1,442,274. His career highlight victory was at the Royal Randwick on the 1st of April previous year, when he was ridden by Craig Williams. Leaving behind the stallion Aloft he won about $300,000.


The British-bred stallion has been trained by Iain Jardine in Scotland. In the last year’s Melbourne Cup, he was ridden by Glyn Schofield and finished at the 5th position. In August 2017, Nakeeta won Europe’s richest handicap at York – Ebor.

The three-time winner of the 2800m races seems to be all set to throw in another brilliant performance this year.