Mon, Oct 31, 12:12pm by Staff Writer
With the Melbourne Cup set to run on Tuesday at 3pm, the country will once again stop and scream at the TV hoping that their horse crosses the line at Flemington first. Hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to be wagered around the country on the day but with online bookmaker Sportsbet, it’s not all about the happenings on the track.
As always, there will be plenty going on off the track and Sportsbet has released a whole host of other betting markets on the festivities at Flemington. You can bet on everything from the weather to TV viewers, even Geoffrey Edelsten’s suit colour!
Nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is in town and will be the star celebrity on course. He’s renowned for his work after dark and is a $101 chance to hook up with Brynne Edelsten. You can also get him at the same odds ($101) to commentate the race on channel seven.
The shortest odds in the Bolt markets are the $2.50 on offer for him to do his Bolt Celebration at least one or two times.
With the expected crowd of over 105,000 there will be plenty of refreshments sold. Flemington running out of beer is a $7 chance. The well-refreshed public will need to get home safely and Uber will be a popular choice, the company are expected to make the most of the day with a $6 to $8 surcharge a $2 favourite.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette season is now over you can expect to see the former cast members out in full force. Sam Wood ($2.00) and Snezana ($1.70) are both favoured to have the most liked Instagram pics. The pair were the perfect match at Derby Day on Saturday with Snenzana in a strapless black frock and Sam looking suave in a patterned grey suit.
Melbourne’s fickle weather is always a talking point and the weather might not turn up to the party though. Last year we had rain on Derby day but a fine Cup day, this year the roles have reversed as Derby Day was a spectacular 25 degrees but rain is a $2.50 chance during this year’s race and a temperature tipped between 14 – 15.99 degrees also at $2.50.
“The race itself is what stops the nation but we’ve added some more colour to the occasion with these weird and wacky wagers to keep everyone entertained,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.
“We stopped short of betting on how many girls Usain Bolt will snog as we’d struggle to keep pace, he moves quicker off the track than on it.”
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Attendance at Flemington
Usain Bolt Specials
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Colour of Geoffrey Edelsten’s Coat
Colour of Edwina Bartholomew’s Dress on Cup Day
Colour of Francesca Cumani’s hat/fascinator on Cup Day
Will there be a train strike in Melbourne on Cup Day
Temperature during the Race
Will it rain during Melbourne Cup?
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