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Melbourne Cup Day 2011 shapes as one to remember with a massive ten race card featuring some of the best horses we have anywhere in the country.
The main event Melbourne Cup is obviously what everyone waits for there’s no doubt the depth of quality in the support races helps make the day so special.
While the battle for spots in the Melbourne Cup field is obvious to see, there’s an equally big push from other trainers and connections trying to simply get on the card.
Being a part of Melbourne Cup day in any capacity is a massive thrill and it shows with capacity fields in just about every race.
Listed Below are our 2011 Melbourne Cup Day Tips covering every race with our top three picks.
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2011 Melbourne Cup Day Tips
Race 1 – 10:20AM Emirates Airline Plate (1000 METRES)
1st – #1 Alezan Thunder
2nd – #10 Princeton Miss
3rd – #2 Applegate
The toppy won on debut so has the runs on the board in front of Princeton Miss who can place again ahead of the Peter Snowden runner in third from a tough gate.
Race 2 – 11:00AM TAB Sportsbet Handicap (1700 METRES)
1st – #3 Vintedge
2nd – #13 Exchanges
3rd – #1 Femina Fashion
Waller will get on the board after drawing well in seven with Exchanges finding it tougher from 12 and Femina Fashion having all the work to do from the outside gate.
Race 3 – 11:45AM The Lavazza Long Black (2800 METRES)
1st – #17 Crafty Cruiser
2nd – #6 Adroitly
3rd – #14 Prussian Officer
Crafty Cruiser will be tough to beat on the bottom weight while Adroitly is running well for Peter Snowden and Prussian Officer represents good value.
Race 4 – 12:30PM Herald Sun Stakes (1400 METRES)
1st – #3 Little Surfer Girl
2nd – #6 Zubbaya
3rd – #2 Divorces
Little Surfer Girl didn’t handle the track last time and will improve from Zubbaya which gets the run from Divorces first up.
Race 5 – 1:15PM Schweppes Tonic 1000 (1000 METRES)
1st – #2 Karuta Queen
2nd – #3 Spirited Addition
3rd – #7 Hollyweird
Karuta Queen has bags of class over this field with promising Spirited Addition the next best from Hollyweird.
Race 6 – 2:00PM Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400 METRES)
1st – #1 Disputes
2nd – #2 Combat Kitty
3rd – #8 Secret Liaison
Disputes drops in grade and gets the run of the race from the consistent Combat Kitty with rejuvenated Secret Liaison in third.
Race 7 – 3:00PM Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200 METRES)
1st – #1Americain
2nd – #9 Lucas Cranach
3rd – #3 Dunaden
The defending champion can make it two in a row on form with Lucas Cranach to finish fast just ahead of Dunaden.
Race 8 – 3:55PM Johnnie Walker Stakes (1800 METRES)
1st – #4 Lamasery
2nd – #13 Tiakinui
3rd – #12 Lone Command
Lamasery has bags of class in front of Tiakinui looking for two in a row and last start winner Lone Command.
Race 9 – 4:35PM MSS Security Sprint (1200 METRES)
1st – #4 Perturbo
2nd – #5 Facile Tigre
3rd – #10 Eclair Mystic
Perturbo is ready to win up the straight second up with the impressive Facile Tigre to give plenty of cheek from value first up runner Eclair Mystic.
Race 10 – 5:15PM 7News Plate (1400 METRES)
1st – #2 Under The Eiffel
2nd – #8 Studley Park
3rd – #11 Hood
Under The Eiffel has a heap of class and just that bit more experience on Studley Park and the consistent Hood in third.
That’s it, the complete list of 2011 Melbourne Cup Day tips with a mountain of value to be found.
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