The Melbourne Cup affectingly referred to as the race that stops a nation, is the one horse race even non punters want to win. Picking the winner of the Melbourne cup is the ultimate success, but of course few manage it.

My friend and colleague Max Hitchins however, has a formula that’s too good to ignore. Admittedly he studies the cup year round and can remember the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters for the past 100 years, but his success rate is uncanny. He’s picked 21 of the past 23 winners of the cup.

That’s good enough odds for me, so I thought you might be interested too, to hear how he does it.

You can follow Max below on Twitter or buy his book How to Pick the Winner of the Melbourne Cup from the links below.