The 2013 Melbourne Cup first four betting markets are going off at bookies around the country as the countdown to Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday begins.
With a stellar 24 stayers from around the globe engaged to face off in this year’s edition of the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), there’s no shortage of gallopers to pick your Melbourne Cup selections from.
Of course everyone in Australia is after the top Melbourne Cup tips to lock in, and earlier we published our exclusive 2013 Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tip.
There we named the Robert Hickmott-trained Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner as the one to beat in the two mile classic.
Eleven before them have completed the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double and with their ace win rate, top draw, excellent lead-up form and ability to rise to every challenge they look excellent value in the Melbourne Cup odds paying $18.
That price becomes even juicer too if you place your first win bet on the Cup online at Ladbrokes.com.au in their ‘Double the Melbourne Cup Odds’ markets, meaning you can get Fawkner to win at $36.
Our top two Melbourne Cup place bets were then Fawkner’s slightly better-fancied Herbert Power Stakes winning stablemate Sea Moon ($14 or $28 DTO) and classy French mare Verema ($13 or $26) last seen winning the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) back home.
So they are the three we think you should lock into the Trifecta Bet on the big one this spring, but what about for that exotic First Four market?
2013 Melbourne Cup First Four Tip
#13 Super Cool ($51)
One of the most generously priced horses in this year’s Melbourne Cup field, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool is over the odds for us and in with a shot at the first four with the right run.
The Fastnet Rock gelding won the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) as a three-year-old during the autumn and this time in has been in stellar form despite not being able to win another race.
They’ve been tested in four subsequent Group 1 races, two of which they ran third behind their since-retired stablemate Atlantic Jewel (the Memsie Stakes and Caulfield Stakes).
Kavanagh ran them under weight-for-age conditions in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last start where they, and jockey Corey Brown, did a great job from barrier 13 (of 14) to run fifth behind Shamus Award.
Their trainer, who won the 2009 Melbourne Cup with Shocking who was also ridden by Brown, is confident they are ready to step up to the two miles however despite Super Cool not having run over further than the Cox Plate distance in the past year.
They did run over 2500m when contesting the 2012 Victoria Derby and were second over the line to Fiveandahalfstar.
Kavanagh also says that the Melbourne Cup has been on the agenda for Super Cool since the autumn and that this is the race they’ve been set for.
Horse number 13 in barrier 13? Kavanagh’s a pretty superstitious kind of guy so he’ll like that, and we don’t mind it either.
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