The 2012 Melbourne Cup is an extremely open race and with some many international horses in the field the form lines are very difficult to compare.
So we have thrown away the form guide and come up with some Melbourne Cup omens that could influence the final result.
#1 – Dunaden
Name sounds similar to ‘done it again’. Dunaden is aiming to win his second Melbourne Cup.
#2 – Americain
The United States of America has won two World Wars. Americain is hoping to finish his career with two Melbourne Cup wins.
#3 – Jakkalberry
Blue elderberries are one of the fastest growing fruits in the world. Jakkalberry will need to be one of the fastest horses in the world to win the Melbourne Cup.
#4 – Red Cadeaux
Everybody knows that red is the fastest colour.
#5 – Winchester
A Winchester rifle can shoot bullets at speeds of up to 1,237 metres per second. If Winchester can produce similar sectionals he is a lock to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
#6 – Voila Ici
The eight-year-old grey has spent the last few months charming Black Caviar so if some of her speed has rubbed off on him he is a definite chance.
#7 – Cavalryman
Cavlarymen played a key role in the expansion of the Roman Empire so this Godolphin stayer should have no trouble conquering Melbourne today.
#8 – Mount Athos
Mount Athos is known as the ‘holy mountain’ in Greece. Many Australians consider the Flemington straight ‘holy turf’ so the six-year-old gelding should feel right at home.
# 9 – Sanagas
Bart Cummings has previously won the Melbourne Cup with a horse whose name starts with Sa and has seven letters.
#10 – Ethiopia
Ethiopians have won the gold medal in the Olympics mens 10,000 metres, the Olympic equivalent of the Melbourne Cup, on five occasions.
#11 – Fiorente
The letter F is due for a win in the Melbourne Cup with Foxzami the only horse with a name beginning with F to ever win.
#12 – Galileo’s Choice
Galileo was well ahead of him time in terms of scientific discovery and Dermot Weld is hoping that Galileo’s Choice can finish well ahead of the rest of the Melbourne Cup field today.
#13- Glencadam Gold
Glencadam Distillery is one of the worlds leading producers of blended whisky. By the time the Melbourne Cup is run Flemington will smell like a brewery so Glencadam Gold will feel right at home.
#14 – Green Moon
Names with colours in them have produced seven Melbourne Cup winners (Delta Blues, Black Knight, Gold and Black, Silver Knight, Red Handed, White Noise, Blue Spec).
#15 – Maluckyday
With the Melbourne Cup and Oz Lotto draw being held today, punters all over Australia are hoping that today will be their lucky day.
#16 – Mourayan
Mourayan is often confused with Mourilyan who finished third in the 2009 Melbourne Cup. If Mourayan himself thinks he is Mourilyan he may have a better chance today.
#17 – My Quest For Peace
The Melbourne Cup has proven as tough for Luca Cumani to win as politicians have found achieving world peace. This could be his breakthrough.
#18 – Niwot
Niwot means left handed. Flemington is a left handed track.
#19 – Tac De Boistron
Tac De Boistron is a race callers worst nightmare so he will likely run a big race just to irritate veteran Melbourne Cup caller Greg Miles.
#20 – Lights of Heaven
It has been sixteen years since Saintly – ‘the horse from heaven’ won the Melbourne Cup. The Old Testament makes reference to sixteen prophets.
#21 – Precedence
The Melbourne Cup precedent is a horse trained by Bart Cummings winning.
#22 – Unusual Suspect
The Melbourne Cup is known for throwing up unusual results and nothing would be more unusual this year than the Michael Kent-trained galloper winning.
#23 – Zabeelionaire
The first place prizemoney for the 2012 Melbourne Cup is $3.2 million – more than enough to make a lucky owner a millionaire.
#24 – Kelinni
It is twenty-five years since Kensei, the only Melbourne Cup winner whose name starts with K and has only one word, won the Melbourne Cup.
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