2015 Melbourne Cup Race Results Flemington Racecourse Bookmakers Rejoice
On-course bookmakers at the Flemington racecourse are rejoicing over the results of the 2015 Melbourne Cup last Tuesday. The rails bookmaker are happy that course favourites “Fame Game” (AU$5) and “Trip to Paris” (AU$6) did not make it as top finishers.
Michelle Payne, the first female jockey ever to win the Melbourne Cup rode “Prince of Penzance” to first place victory, a surprise win as the odds that the duo would triumph was priced at AU$101. Finishing second was Max Dynamite (AU$13) and Criterion (AU$19).
Flemington Racecourse operator David McLauchlan calls the Tuesday events a good race for the bookmakers as they won more. McLauchlan explained they did not get the entire lot taken in by AU$101 outsider “Prince of Penzance” because every horse trained by Victorian horse trainer Darren Weir are well-supported, and that every horse, even with long odds of 101 has lay bets. One of the bookmakers interviewed by Racenet said his take could have been greater, but a clever punter had placed AU$50 on “Prince of Penzance.” Yet despite the punter's big win he still considers the race results as terrific.
Racenet reports that fixed-odds operator TAB, lost on “Prince of Penzance's” Melbourne Cup victory. TAB spokesperson Glenn Nunsie commented that the Melbourne Cup results were not as great for them. Although they won over all because of the doubles, as much as $50,000 was placed on the 101 odds. TAB's pool for a Prince of Penzance win reached AU$ $15,071,400.
TAB actually came out with a heart-rending tale about a punter who originally placed AU$5 on a 4-Leg Multi, with the odds running at AU$27,702. The 4-Leg multi comprised Del Little Engine (AU$9.50) for Race 3, Malaguena (AU$6) for Race 4, Don't Doubt Mama (AU$6) and Prince of Penzance ($81) for the Melbourne Cup.
However, the punter accepted TAB's Cash Out offer right after the 3rd Leg and received AU$441.20. Had the punter stuck to his guns, his total collection would have been AU$138,510.
A lucky TAB Victoria customer though collected AU$252,000 after placing AU$2,000 bet on the 101 odds, at an astounding odds price of AU$126. He had placed the bet nearly 30 minutes before the start of the race. As the turn of events has it, the TAB punter benefitted greatly from the 101 odds, the longest priced odds in the history of Melbourne Cup.
Most of the big winners are from the online sector, one of which placed a AU$60-bet on the First Four horse to finish. His AU$60 became AU$153,540 after the race ended with four out of the five horses he selected all coming in as top four finishers of the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Another big winner is a William Hill customer who collected AU$169,000 after placing a series of wagers on Prince of Penzance.
Although Fame Game was the first to emerge as the betting favorite, the Japanese stayer finished as 13th placer, while Trip to Paris was fourth. Twenty-three (23) horses in all competed for the AU$6 million 2015 Melbourne Cup, in the 24-horse Flemington Racecourse.