The 2012 Melbourne Cup is almost upon us and all the hype has been about the international trio of Americain, Dunaden and Mount Athos.
All three have been heavily backed and nobody can deny their credentials but they are all going around at $7.50 or under in the bookmaker.com.au market.
So if you are the kind of punter that is happy to take the chance on a less credentialed runner at a big price, keep reading as the Races.com.au team have produced out best selections from horses paying $20 or more.
#10 Ethiopia $21
If you like to back the roughies but are also patriotic you can kill two birds with one stone by backing this rising star from the Australian staying ranks.
The four-year-old is one of two Australian-bred runners in the cup field and has many in the industry excited that we could have a horse capable of serving it up to the internationals.
He’s still an unknown proposition at the 3200m and has only raced seven times but the signs are promising. He won the Australian Derby coming from the back of the field in the autumn and his versatility and ability was highlighted in the Cox Plate when he finished fourth when ridden forward.
Gets in nicely with 53.5kg.
Second Best Roughie
#7 Fiorente $31
This import is charged with the task of delivering Gai Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup and he certainly has the credentials to do so.
Another horse with a nice weight (53.5kg) and in August he won the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes where he beat the well-regarded Joshua Tree and 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux by three lengths.
James McDonald has the task of finding a good spot from barrier two but it’s better than being drawn wide.
Third Best Roughie
#9 Sanagas $51
He’s easy to dismiss on form but this American import has a key factor on his side. Bart Cummings.
The 12-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer produced an upset result when Viewed won paying $41 and if there is anyone who can get a $50 chance home this year it is him.
His Caulfield Cup 10th was better than it looked as he got no luck and still finished off nicely and he showed his quality earlier in his career when winning at Group 1 level in the US.
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