With a wet 2010 Melbourne Cup on the cards for Flemington tomorrow, the Kiwi gallopers proven on soft ground come right into contention and this includes in-form runner Harris Tweed. Coming off consistent spring runs and a strong stayer, Harris Tweed is a real chance in the Melbourne Cup 2010.
Horse Facts – Harris Tweed
- Jockey: Brad Rawiller
- Trainer: Murray & Bjorn Baker
- Owner: Mr P H P Bayly
- Age: 5YO
- Gender: Gelding
- Breeding: by Montjeu (IRE) from Sally (NZ)
- Career: 25-4-5-5
- Prize Money: $1,224,945
- Current Melbourne Cup Odds: $29 Luxbet
Why Harris Tweed Can Win
- Peaking at the right time, finished first in the Bart Cummings over 2500m at Flemington and was then a solid second in the Caulfield Cup on a Heavy track last start
- Ran an eye-catching fifth to Shocking in the Melbourne Cup 12 months ago, looks stronger now
- Good weight set to carry 54kg, which they had for the Caulfield Cup, however Tawriffic (1989) was the last horse to carry 54kg to Melbourne Cup victory
- Is the right age, four and five-year-olds share the highest percentage of Melbourne Cup winners with 43 victories for each age group and Harris Tweed is five
- Will settle to suit all paces, can be ridden forward or back in the field
- Versatile over all track conditions, especially favours a bit of give in the ground, which is looking the case for tomorrow
Why Harris Tweed Can’t Win
- Barrier 13 hasn’t produced a winner for over 20 years
- Had a minor bout of colic a week or so ago, has been passed fit and clear but any illness around Melbourne Cup time will get tongues wagging
- Capable of 3200m?
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