Trifecta Tips – wanting to get exotic with your Melbourne Cup 2020 bets?

Nothing will make your day more than pulling off a Melbourne Cup trifecta on race day. You will instantly be the envy of all your mates and become a legend within the office.

But who to back in for your Melbourne Cup trifecta?

Well, you could always do the mystery bet and cross your fingers, or we have some insights below for you on strong trifecta and boxed trifecta bets to place this Melbourne Cup.

First though what is the difference between trifecta and boxed trifecta?

Trifecta is when you are able to pick 3 horses to finish in the exact order ie first, second and third – yes it’s very hard.


A boxed trifecta, however, is a little more fun allowing you to choose multiple horses in which any of them can finish first, second or third – allowing you a greater chance to win – however this generally means you will win less and have to bet a higher amount to claim a decent amount of the trifecta payout percentage.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Trifecta Bets

Suprise Baby, Prince of Arran and Anthony Van Dyck.

We are including Prince of Arran here as came second in last years race and 3rd the year before that and was in great form last year. However, he is now 8 years old and hasn’t been as impressive. Could be some Who Shot The Barman vibes so consider for trifectas.

Colour in the race card with the following trifecta:

  • 1st: Surprise Baby (13)
  • 2nd: Prince of Arran (12)
  • 3rd: Anthony Van Dyck (1)

Melbourne Cup 2020 Boxed Trifecta Bets

Want to hedge your bets? Surprise Baby, Prince of Arran, Anthony Van Dyck, Russian Camelot, Chosen One and Finche are our boxed trifecta picks boxing the following numbers (13, 12, 1, 15, 17, 11)


Based on the boxed trifecta selection above you will need to bet the following to obtain that percentage of the trifecta payout (odds as of 2/11)

  • 25%: $30
  • 50%: $60
  • 75%: $90
  • 100%: $120

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Payouts For The Last 5 Years

For each dollar in your bet, these were the returns for the trifecta at previous Melbourne Cup’s:

  • 2019: $2,953.40
  • 2018: $2,479.40
  • 2017: $3,025.10
  • 2016: $1,541.30
  • 2015: $26,045.00

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