The 2012 Melbourne Cup is now only a sleep away and punters all over Australia will go to sleep tonight dreaming about picking the first four.
The first four is the most profitable exotic bet available for the 2012 Melbourne Cup and gives punters the challenge of picking the first four horses across the line.
The 2011 Melbourne Cup first four dividend paid $18,766 and with such an open betting race this year’s first four dividend should be even greater!
To give our readers the best chance of snaring this amazing dividend the team at races.com.au has come up with a tip of four horses that we believe will be battling it out in the final stages of the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
Races.Com.Au 2012 Melbourne Cup First Four Tip
1st – #2 Americain $6.50
Americain is good enough to become the first horse since Peter Pan to win the Melbourne Cup in non-consecutive years.
The Dynaformer stallion loves the Melbourne Cup, winning in 2010 and finishing an unlucky fourth behind Dunaden last year.
The eight-year-old was trapped three wide for the majority of the 2012 Caulfield Cup but was still able to finish strongly.
He will be ridden by two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver and should receive a lovely run just off the rails.
Americain will carry 58kg, the same as last year, and will meet Dunaden and Red Cadeaux significantly better in weights.
2nd – #1 Dunaden $7.50
The French stayer proved his quality by winning the 2012 Caulfield Cup despite drawing a wide barrier and carrying 58kg.
The Nicobar stallion is undefeated in Australia and will have no problem handling the firm surface that is expected at Flemington tomorrow.
It remains to be seen whether Dunaden is good enough to become the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup carrying 59kg since the race switched to metric weights in 1972 but it is impossible to leave the champion out of your exotics.
3rd – #17 My Quest For Peace $17
My Quest For Peace heads into the 2012 Melbourne Cup flying under the radar.
The Luca Cumani-trained galloper hasn’t received the attention of more fancied stablemate Mount Athos but the Cumani stable rates My Quest For Peace just as highly.
The Galileo five-year-old has the acceleration required to win the Melbourne Cup and showed his toughness by battling on to finish fifth in the 2012 Caulfield Cup.
4th – #11 Fiorente $31
The latest Gai Waterhouse acquisition only recently arrived in Australia but heads into the 2012 Melbourne Cup with a good chance and is currently available at attractive odds.
The five-year-old defeated 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux at level weights earlier this year and will meet him two kilograms better tomorrow.
The son of Monsun has strong form around some of the best horses in the world and it would not surprise if he became the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup without a lead-up race in Australia since Vintage Crop in 1993.
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