Harris Tweed Real Chance in Melbourne Cup 2010 on Soft Track

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?

Harris Tweed is one runner that you should include in all Melbourne Cup multiples, and having drifted out to $29 in the past 12 represents great value.

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