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With the 2013 Melbourne Cup scheduled to run at 3pm (AEDT) today November 5, 2013, we have put together a mug punter’s guide to the race.
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#1 Dunaden –This will be his second year in a row as top weight since winning the Melbourne Cup in 2011. Loves Australian racing.
#2 Green Moon – Last year’s winner and will have to win his first race start this year if wants to win the Melbourne Cup today. Only five other horses have won more than one Cup.
#3 Red Cadeaux – Will have to be only the third eight-year-old to win the Cup in the race’s history. The last to win was Catalogue in 1938.
#4 Sea Moon – Sea Moon is one of six horses owned by Lloyd Williams in the Melbourne Cup field.
#5 Brown Panther – Owned by ex- Man United football player Michael Owen, Brown Panther has won his only other race over 3,200 metres.
#6 Fiorente – Race favourite for the Cup after placing third in the Caulfield Cup last start. He will jump from the perfect barrier of 5.
#7 Foreteller – There are question marks over whether he can run out the two mile distance. He will be looking to give Sydney premiership-winning trainer Chris Waller his first Melbourne Cup.
#8 Dandino – His connections have admitted he is not at his best over 3,200 metres, but from his inside barrier (four) he may just have an easy enough run to use his magnificent finishing burst of speed.
#9 Ethiopia – Can I please draw again? No, no we joke. Ethiopia is definitely an outside chance for this year’s Cup and has only one race win to his name coming into today’s race.
#10 Fawkner – He’s the only Australian-bred runner of Lloyd William’s six gallopers in the Cup and is looking to become the 12 horse to claim the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double.
#11 Mourayan – He has not been in winning form of late but don’t be surprised if this runner features in the thick of the action. He can stay the distance but will have to step up his form.
#12 Seville – Seville has been disappointing since arriving in Australia, bar a win in the Group 1 The Metropolitan earlier in the spring. He has jockey Hugh Bowman aboard which tells you Lloyd Williams must like his chances.
#13 Super Cool – Will look to claim another win for trainer Mark Kavanagh after he won the race with Shocking in 2009.
#14 Masked Marvell – He didn’t perform so well in the Cox Plate last start (13th), however, last year’s winner Green Moon bounced back from a poor performance in the Cox Plate to win the Melbourne Cup.
#15 Mount Athos – Heavily backed favourite last year when he overcame heavy interference and missing the start to place fifth. Has top jockey Craig Williams aboard.
#16 Royal Empire – The only runner for Godolphin, Royal Empire has not placed worse than second in his past four race starts.
#17 Voleuse De Coeurs – With a flawless record over the distance and an impressive six length win in the Irish St Leger last start, her biggest obstacle will be her wide barrier of 21.
#18 Hawkspur – He will be looking to be the first horse to ever win a Melbourne Cup from barrier 18.
#19 Simenon – The seven-year-old is used to running trips up to 4,000 metres in his home county of England and will have no problem with the distance.
#20 Ibicenco – The Geelong Cup has been a great guide to the Melbourne Cup in recent years and Ibicenco won the race last start.
#21 Verema – Lloyd Williams has named Verema as the horse to beat this Melbourne Cup.
#22 Dear Demi – With just 51 kilograms on her back, Dear Demi could very well convert her career best form into a Melbourne Cup placing today.
#23 Tres Blue – The four-year-old gets into the field with a light weight and has not missed a place in his past five starts. Will look to give Gai Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup win.
#24 Ruscello – Made the field after winning the Lexus Stakes on Saturday and will have to jump from the widest barrier of 24 in the race. His Lexus-winning time was the slowest in the past five years.
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