In anticipation of the 2010 Melbourne Cup this November, celebrations by the Victorian Racing Club yesterday included the unveiling of the Greatest Cup Never Run, a fictional list of the best 24 Melbourne Cup winners throughout history.
Selected by the VRC’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter and published in the book The Story of the Melbourne Cup: Australia’s Greatest Race that was launched yesterday, the historic Melbourne Cup field features an incredible selection of gallopers that have won the time-honoured Melbourne Cup over the past 149 years.
The unique Melbourne Cup field is headed by the legendary Phar Lap (1930) honoured with the ‘topweight’ of 60kg and includes other great Cup winners including record three-time winner Makybe Diva (2003-2005), dual victor Peter Pan (1932, 1934), inaugural winner Archer (1861, 1862, and four of premier trainer Bart Cummings’ stars with Galilee (1966), Saintly (1996), Light Fingers (1965) and Think Big (1974, 1975) sneaking in at the bottom of the field.
A mock call of the Greatest Cup Never Run will be held at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
There is a great story behind each and every turf star in the fictional field and this year on Tuesday November 2 another page in the Melbourne Cup tale will be written with the 150th running of the world’s richest handicap.
Next Tuesday the Melbourne Cup first nominations close and the large list of hopeful horses will be published here.
Once the 2010 Melbourne Cup nominations are in, the betting markets really begin to heat up so to lock in the most generous odds before they shorten head to SportingBet today who have pre-nomination odds available, topped by early favourite Faint Perfume at $15.
So get ready for some exciting betting opportunities by kicking your TAB habit and signing up at Ladbrokes.com.au instead!
Greatest Cup Never Run Field
|Harry Telford||Jim Pike||(21)||60kg|
|Walter Hickenbotham||Bob Ramage||(16)||59kg|
|Lee Freedman||Glen Boss||(14)||58kg|
|Frank McGrath||Darby Munro||(13)||58kg|
|Bart Cummings||John Miller||(1)||57.5kg|
|Ike Earnshaw||Tom Clayton||(3)||57.5kg|
|Ivan Tucker||Jack Purtell||(11)||57kg|
|Mick Robins||Jim Johnson||(7)||56kg|
|Jim Cummings||Pat Glennon||(24)||55.5kg|
|Tom Brown||Tom Hales||(4)||55.5kg|
MIGHT AND POWER
|Jack Denham||Jim Cassidy||(12)||55kg|
|Etienne De Mestre||Johnny Cutts||(22)||54kg|
|Dermot Weld||Mick Kinane||(10)||54kg|
|Maurice McCarten||Neville Sellwood||(9)||53.5kg|
|Isaac Foulsham||Alick Robertson||(17)||53.5kg|
|Alex McAulay||Roy Reed||(5)||53.5kg|
|Harry Robinson||Ken Bracken||(20)||53.5kg|
|Bart Cummings||Darren Beadman||(2)||53kg|
|John Tait||William Davis||(18)||53kg|
|Clarrie McCarthy||Bill Williamson||(19)||52.5kg|
|Jack Holt||Jack O’Sullivan||(23)||52.5kg|
|Bart Cummings||Roy Higgins||(15)||52.5kg|
|Lee Freedman||Damien Oliver||(6)||52kg|
|Bart Cummings||Harry White||(8)||52kg|