The 2018 Spring Racing Carnival is here and the countdown to the Melbourne Cup is now on in earnest.
The spring carnival is always an outstanding social event, but you know what makes it even more enjoyable? Backing a stack of winners.
Ladbrokes is the place to bet this spring and its team of experts has come up with four tips to help you find a winner.
Do the research
Reading the form guide can be intimidating for rookie punters, but the Ladbrokes App has everything you need to take your punting to the next level.
Not only will you score excellent odds for races right around the country, but the Ladbrokes InfoHub means that there is a wealth of information at your fingertips.
Things like Bet Tracker and Speed Maps will help you become an expert this spring carnival and shock your friends with your supreme racing knowledge.
Back the internationals
The Melbourne Cup has been dominated by internationals in recent years and that will not change in 2018.
Seven of the past eight Melbourne Cup winners began their racing careers overseas. The only exception was roughie Prince Of Penzance in 2015, and backing the internationals has been a highly profitable play.
It would be a huge shock if a local horse won the Melbourne Cup and you need to stick with the imports if you are going to be bragging about a big win come Tuesday afternoon on November 6.
Follow the leading stables
When it comes to form trainers, it is always tough to go past Chris Waller and Darren Weir.
They both have huge stables packed full of stars, Waller trains the great mare Winx, and they are almost certain to train plenty of winners this spring.
When it comes to the Melbourne Cup though, it is all about leading owner Lloyd Williams.
Williams has owned the past two winners of the Melbourne Cup, Almandin in 2016 and Rekindling in 2017, and his team for the 2018 edition is extremely strong.
Yucatan is one of the early standouts and is great value at its current odds.
Take advantage of the Ladbrokes promotions & special markets
Be sure to check the Ladbrokes App for the latest and greatest promotions throughout Melbourne Cup week.
Ladbrokes has a wide range of special markets for all the major races this spring and there are plenty of different ways to come away with a winner.
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