Melbourne Cup free bets by Aussie bookies. The offers on the race include sign-up bonuses from William Hill ($200 on a $50 bet), Sportsbet, and Ladbrokes, among others. Admire Deus is expected to be joined in the race by last year’s winner Almandin who is $16 in the betting to retain his crown. No horse since Makybe Diva in 2006 has been able to prevail in back-to-back runnings of the Australian contest; however, he has been popular in the early ante-post market for the race. The 2016 champion has not run since he was won a photo-finish ahead of Heartbreak City last November. Under the hands of Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Robert Hickmott’s runner was towards the rear of the field until the midway point of the race and then eased into contention, hitting the front at the 200m pole. Weir was part of a fairytale ending to the 2015 Melbourne as his horse Prince Of Penzance caused a surprise in the race as he won at odds of $100. The Australian runner was ridden to success by Michelle Payne who became the first female jockey to win the contest. The pair were involved in a close tussle with Max Dynamite and Criterion inside the closing 200m but Payne was able to find more from her horse, who prevailed by just under a length to grab the headlines in every newspaper around the world for her achievement. A third victory for Weir would make him one of the most successful trainers in the history of the Melbourne Cup and, if the success comes with Admire Deus, it will be a gamble landed for the ambitious owners, who have paid a huge amount for the Japanese horse]]>
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