Betfair has launched an exclusive service where punters in the UK can watch the Melbourne Cup live streaming to their desktop.
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The firm is licensed in Tasmania but has approval to cover all Victorian racing paying product fees directly to the Victorian racing industry at the same rate as all other approved wagering operators. So, punters using Betfair will be able to watch the race live streaming.
Meanwhile, Bart Cummings’ So You Think looks set to start the shortest priced favourite in the race for forty years after William Hill were forced to cut the dual-Cox Plate hero from 11/4 into 5/2.
The Mackinnon Stakes winner was handed the prefect draw for the race at the weekend and his devilishly impressive success at the weekend was not lost on William Hill punters as they look to pile into the superstar.
2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking would have every chance of making it back-to-back successes in the race if it were not for his horrendous draw and he will do well to win at 8/1 after being handed a stall in the car park.
British punters will be looking to the likes of Frankie Dettori and Holberg, an 18/1 shot, and Luca Cumani’s Manighar at 14/1 to steal the prize from Down Under, though no UK-based horse has ever won ‘the race that stops a nation.’
Evidently excited about the big race, William Hill is offering all new customers a free £25 bet on the action. Simply register with the firm using bonus code F25 and punters will have their chance to punish the bookies for free. The layers at William Hill will be hoping that they do not regret offering a free bet on one of the world’s most famous races.