TATTSBET 2012 Melbourne Cup Information

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**I will post this again Sunday/Monday, so if you know anyone wanting to know more, simply get them to jump on and have a read!


The Event


There is something very special about the first Tuesday in November. Just before 2:00 pm (Queensland time) Australians everywhere stop whatever they are doing and join together to enjoy the event that is THE CUP. Enjoying this special event by having a TattsBet, experiencing the party atmosphere and watching the big race has become part of Australian folklore.


Melbourne Cup Bet Early Promotion (Queensland retail customers. Tote bets only)


TattsBet has partnered with the Courier Mail again this year to encourage retail customers to bet early by placing their Melbourne Cup tote bets before 3pm Monday 5th November. To participate Queensland retail customers placing an early tote bet on the Cup simply need to email their ten character alpha/numeric serial nos as it appears on their ticket together with their personal details to couriermail.com.au/melbournecup for their chance to go into the draw to win one of twenty-four $500 each way tote bets on the Cup compliments of TattsBet.


Betting interest on the Cup


Cup day is far and away the busiest day of the year for TattsBet with ‘all hands on deck’ at over 1200 retail outlets (700+ in Queensland) and four Telephone Betting centres across Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.


Australians bet $150M on the Cup through Australian TABs last year. When additional betting on the supporting race programs was included, total betting Australia wide on Cup Day was more than $200M. TattsBet punters invested $40M on the Cup and more than $55M on all races on the day.


Queenslander’s invested $30M on the Cup race last year and betting on all racing by Queenslanders with TattsBet on Cup day was $45M.


At its peak TattsBet’s computer will be processing around 70,000 bets per minute. This generally occurs at around 1.00pm EST. Last year there were more than 7 million hits on TattsBet’s website TattsBet.com on Cup day.


Betting made easy for ‘once a year’ punters


TattsBet has made it as easy as possible for those ‘once a year’ punters who want to add to the excitement of Melbourne Cup day by having a flutter. To avoid confusion there are three special Melbourne Cup tickets. One for Win/Place, Trifecta and First4. Special How to Bet information will be available in TABs. Importantly, we will have extra staff on hand in TAB outlets to offer friendly advice and assist those who may be a little unsure about bet types or how to mark their tickets. There will be some special temporary facilities for Melbourne Cup betting, including one in the Queen St Mall in Brisbane.


Our Internet site, TattsBet.com, has a special section on the Melbourne Cup that provides betting information, facts and figures, news about the Cup and information about retail outlet locations.

It is also possible to open a provisional Account Betting account by visiting TattsBet.com and you will be able to place a bet online for the Melbourne Cup from Sunday 4th November. Whilst you can open an account and place a bet on the day we encourage punters to get in early and avoid the last minute rush. This year TattsBet customers can also download their free TattsBet app for an iPhone or android from the App store to bet on the Cup.



Fractional Betting

Fractional betting is available on all tote bet types, excepting win-place, and allows a punter to choose the maximum amount they wish to spend on a combination of selections. The TAB computer system will calculate the percentage allocated to each combination.

For example, a $3 outlay on a 5 horse boxed trifecta would represent 3/60 or 5% of the $60 full unit cost. If the customers combinations include a successful one, the $3 spend will give the punter 5% of the dividend. If the dividend is $3,000 then a 5% share would equate to $150.


RadioTAB’s coverage of Melbourne Cup day commences at 6:00am EST. A complete list of RadioTAB’s racing radio network of more than 100 transmitters in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory as well as its Cup day program can be found at TattsBet.com. In Brisbane, tune your radio to 1008 on the AM band.

What time is the Cup run local time?


The Melbourne Cup this year will be run on Tuesday 6th November. The Cup is run at Flemington and will be race 7 (MR7 for TattsBet betting purposes). The race start time for the Cup is:


Queensland                 – 2.00pm

South Australia           – 2.30pm

Tasmania                    – 3.00pm

Northern Territory     – 1.30pm


Bet Types available on the Cup


Betting is available right up to jump time with the following bet types offered:


Win                  – select the runner that wins the race

Place               – select a runner that finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd

Quinella          – select the first two placegetters in any order

Exacta             – select the runners that place 1st & 2nd in correct order

Any2                – select any two of the first three placegetters in any order

Trifecta           – select the runners that place 1st, 2nd & 3rd in correct order

First4               – select the runners that place 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th in correct order

Mystery Bet    – computer selects runners for a Trifecta, First4 or combo Trifecta/Quinella (note all unmarked mystery picks as well as mystery bets default to the Melbourne Cup from start of day Monday 5 November)

Fixed Price      – win, place, each way, quinella and top ten finish


The Cup is the 1st leg of TattsBet’s Flemington Quadrella.


Trifecta and First4 betting is always popular on the Cup due to the big field and usually return large dividends. Trifectas consistently make up more than 30% of Cup betting compared to around 20% on racing at other times of the year.







How do punters make their selections?


The great thing about having a flutter on the Cup or any other race is that you can make your selection in any number of ways. In depth study of the runners’ form is favoured by some punters while others may prefer using their lucky numbers or simply letting the TattsBet computer make their selections by taking a Mystery bet. In between there are a myriad of methods that people use, including jockeys, barrier number, trainer’s form, tipsters or asking friends, favourite colours, birthdates, omen names, horse colours and even a blindfold and pin. Visit a TAB or TattsBet.com to see what the experts are tipping.


Whatever method you use, having a flutter on the Cup adds to the excitement in the build up to the race and watching the big event.


When and where is betting available on the Cup?


TattsBet has over 1200 outlets throughout Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. These outlets consist of standalone TAB Agencies, TAB Branches, PubTABs, ClubTABs and some special Melbourne Cup facilities including one in the Queen St Mall, Brisbane and the Darwin Mall.

There will be extended opening hours for the Melbourne Cup with all offices open from 8am in Queensland on Cup day. Four telephone betting centres will be fully staffed with hundreds of operators available to take bets from account holders on Cup day from 6.00am AEST. Our Internet site, TattsBet.com, will also be available for betting by account holders from 6.00am AEST on Cup day. You can become an account holder by opening a provisional account online.















Betting is available on the Cup from Sunday 4th November  

Although betting is available from Sunday morning, around 50% of all betting on the Cup is processed between midday Cup day and race jump time, so whether you bet via the phone, internet or at a retail outlet, the best advice is to bet early to avoid missing out. All times quotes are local time.

Account Betting Opening Hours – Account Betting operators 13 19 39

Sunday 9.00am 9:30am 10:00am 8.30am
Monday 6.00am 6:30am 7:00am 5.30am
Melbourne Cup day 6.00am 6:30am 7:00am 5.30am


Automated Account Betting 13 19 32

Sunday 8.30am 9:00am 9.30am 8.00am
Monday 6.00am 6.30am 7.00am 5.30am
Melbourne Cup day 6.00am 6:30am 7.00am 5.30am

Internet opening hours TattsBet.com

Sunday 8.30am 9:00am 9.30am 8.00am
Monday 6:00am 6:30am 7.00am 5.30am
Melbourne Cup day 6.00am 6:30am 7.00am 5.30am

Retail office opening hours

  Sunday 11:15am TBA 10:45am 11:00am  
  Monday 11:00am 11.00am 11.00am 30 MINS B4 R1  
  Melbourne Cup day 8.00am 8.00am 8.00am 7.30am  





2012 will be the 152nd running of the Melbourne Cup.


The dividend or pay-out depends on the popularity of the runner or combination. The more fancied a runner or combination the lower the dividend. Conversely, the less popular the runner or winning combination, the higher the dividend. The Melbourne Cup is such a hotly contested race that the dividends usually provide terrific value for punters. The dividends over the last three Cups reveal some interesting payouts. A one dollar investment has paid:


















































* Place & Any2 dividend is the average of the 3 dividends.


Only four horses have ever won consecutive Cups. Archer (1861-62), Rain Lover (1968-69), Think Big (1974-75) and Makybe Diva (2003-05). Only one horse has ever won three Cups, Makybe Diva (2003-2005).


Peter Pan also won the Cup twice in 1932 and 1934.


The last favourite to win the Melbourne Cup was Makybe Diva in 2005 paying $3.80.


Bart Cummings has trained the most Melbourne Cup winners 12, his most recent being Viewed in 2008.


The most successful horse numbers are:
Number 4
Number 12
Number 1

11 wins
11 wins
10 wins


Race record: 3min 16.3s by Kingston Rule in 1990.

Winners Age

23 wins
43 wins
45 wins
28 wins
10 wins
2 wins