A talented field of 24 local and international stayers has been confirmed and the barrier draw completed for the 2014 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse next Tuesday, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Charging home to secure an impressive victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last time out on October 18th, classy Japanese raider Admire Rakti has maintained status as outright favourite in Melbourne Cup betting markets, but has surprisingly drifted from odds of $4.80 to a current quote of $5 at Ladbrokes.com.au despite drawing the ideal barrier 8.
The winner of seven of his 27 competitive starts and finishing in the minors a further eleven times, Admire Rakti finished second to renowned stayer Gold Ship in the key form indicating Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten (3016m) first-up this year on March 1st and is more than worth consideration for a Melbourne Cup bet at current odds with in-form jockey Zac Purton confirmed to retain the ride.
Retaining her position on the second line of Melbourne Cup betting after drawing the ideal barrier 2, Lucia Valentina is sure to be boosted by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who tasted success in the Race That Stops a Nation in 2000 aboard Brew.
Claiming an impressive total of five wins and four minor places from just 13 competitive starts so far, the Savabeel mare is a two-time Group 1 winner and while yet to be tested over two miles competitively, has received an ideal lead-in to the Melbourne Cup in winning the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and finishing a credible third in the Caulfield Cup last time out.
Seemingly taking the biggest hit in 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets following the confirmation of the final field and completion of the barrier draw this evening, Araldo has drifted from odds of $21 for success to currently feature at a quote of $26 after being charged with overcoming the outside awkward barrier 24.
Claiming four wins and six places from just 15 starts so-far, the lightly-raced six-year-old has found competitive form leading into the Melbourne Cup; running seventh in the Listed Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) first-up and sixth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) before placing a credible third in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and fifth in the Caulfield Cup last time out.
A proven performer over extended racing distances, the High Chaparral entire will be partnered by veteran jockey Dwayne Dunn, will have to carry just 53kgs and is more than worth consideration for a Melbourne Cup bet at current odds.
Allocated the ideal barrier 1 for his 2014 Melbourne Cup tilt, Seismos has surprisingly drifted in betting markets this afternoon; resting at current odds of $34 after drifting from a $26 quote.
A performer over the distance on surfaces of all integrities this year, the Dalakhani gelding won a four-year-old event over 2300m in Germany first-up and has continued to build in condition in appearing in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) in the Middle-East, Group 3 Henry II Stakes (3290m) in Britain, Group 2 Maurice De Nieuil (2800m) in France and Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) before running, albeit disappointing, in the Caulfield Cup last time out.
Sea Moon has also noticeably drifted in Melbourne Cup betting markets to particularly long $151 odds after drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 18.
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