At 3:00pm (AEST) this afternoon in Victoria at the famous Flemington Racecourse, Race 7 will bring the nation to a standstill for three minutes when the Melbourne Cup 2015 takes centre stage and below are our exclusive Best Bets on the ‘race that stops a nation’.
A capacity field of 24 stayers faces off in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) with betting led by one of the two Japanese raiders in the line-up, Fame Game.
He is drifting in the Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of the ultimate $70,000 Melbourne Cup Giveaway, out from $4 to $4.60 despite a notable 57kg weight to carry.
Zac Purton takes the mount on the Yoshitada Munakata-trained Heart’s Cry stallion shooting for his maiden win in the two mile classic, the galloper proven over the distance and set to benefit from a previous run down under when a luckless sixth in the Caulfield Cup over the mile and a half.
The past two Melbourne Cup winners saluted at single-figures with Fiorente ($6 in 2013) and Protectionist ($7 in 2014) and just two other runners join the favourite Fame Game under $10 for the win today.
An early Melbourne Cup market mover in from $9 to $7.50 is British visitor Trip To Paris prepared by three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux’s trainer Ed Dunlop.
If it is the Caulfield Cup form you are following then the brave second by Dunlop’s Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) winner has to have caught your eye.
He gets into the Melbourne Cup field today with the same 55kg he had for his debut down under, a manageable weight last carried to victory by Fiorente two years ago.
The other single figure hope comes from the flying Sydney stables of Chris Waller looking to take out the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double after the success of his mare Winx in the first earlier this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Waller finished off the Melbourne Cup Trifecta last year with the third-placed Who Shot Thebarman, a $21 hope through Ladbrokes.com.au to go two better 12 months on, and has three in the mix this year.
The best fancied of his trio is Preferment ($9) who jumps from barrier 11, which has produced four Melbourne Cup winners since 1983, and comes off a ninth in the Cox Plate with improvement expected as the Group 1 winning Zabeel four-year-old gets more distance.
That’s the Melbourne Cup first three according to the bookies, but for value see our Melbourne Cup 2015 best bets below.
Melbourne Cup Winner
#15 Preferment ($9)
Four-year-olds don’t have the best Melbourne Cup record overall but two have saluted in the past 10 years and this improving son of Zabeel could have the goods to be the next so long as he sees out the distance. His recent efforts suggest he will and Waller is on fire, so it is hard not to back the stable to come up with some kind of Melbourne Cup result. The light 53.5kg is a dream for Preferment who had 57.5kg at WF in the Cox Plate last time out, a race that has produced two of the past three Melbourne Cup winners. A step up in distance will suit and barrier 11 is ideal, as is the booking of Cox Plate winning hoop Hugh Bowman.
Best Melbourne Cup Roughies
#4 Our Ivanhowe ($19): Fancy the Caulfield Cup form? This German import ran a slashing third with 56kg and gets into the Melbourne Cup field with the same weight. Gives the indication 3200m isn’t too far outside his realm, the breeding is good, barrier 22 is wide but there’s time to overcome over the two miles.
#11 Who Shot Thebarman ($21): Waller factor. Ran third in last year’s edition and gets in with less weight this year 54.5kg. Comes off a Caulfield Cup seventh but with a gun 3200m record (4-1-1-1) he’ll be better this afternoon. Also was runner-up in the Sydney Cup this autumn so his good form isn’t from too long ago, and the Tunrbull Stakes eighth at Flemington two back saw him beaten under 2 lengths by the winning stablemate Preferment.
#6 Hartnell ($31): One of the forgotten Melbourne Cup horses this spring, James McDonald has the ride on this John O’Shea-trained five-year-old who was fifth in the Cox Plate and has a one-from-two over the 3200m overseas and was fourth in the Sydney Cup this autumn.
Best Melbourne Cup Internationals
#3 Fame Game ($4.80)
#10 Trip To Paris ($7.50)
The best two in the betting and hard to knock looking at the form. Both come out of strong Caulfield Cup runs and the previous Australian lead-up is key to internationals succeeding in the Melbourne Cup. Both are proven at the 3200m so the distance test is an automatic pass.
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