Every punter down under today is doing the form, reading the stats and looking back on the history books trying to work out the Melbourne Cup 2015 winner so below we’ve crunched the numbers for you.
Due to jump as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEST) the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) features a capacity 24 horses vying for the lucrative $3.6 million first prize and the ‘Loving Trophy’ for connections.
Eleven of the hopefuls are internationally-trained and raiders have filled 10 of the last 18 Melbourne Cup placings.
One of the two visitors from Japan leads Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, who have $70,000 in prizes to giveaway to punters that place at least one bet on the ‘race that stops a nation’ today, Fame Game now out to $5 (out from $4).
With Fame Game, who will relish the step up to 3200m after his sixth on debut in Australia when blocked for a run in the Caulfield Cup over 2400m on October 17, on the ease the punters are starting to search for the value in the Melbourne Cup odds.
Plenty of bets are being placed on the Ed Dunlop-trained British visitor Trip To Paris ($7.50), the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup winner over 4023m having run third in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219m) in late July and second in the Caulfield Cup last start.
He gets in on 55kg and races as a five-year-old in Australia looking to go back-to-back for that age group after the success of Protectionist last year.
So will the top two run the Melbourne Cup Quinella this afternoon?
If you have no idea which horse will win the Melbourne Cup read on and see what value you can uncover based on the statistics and historical facts on the world’s richest handicap before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets!
By The Weight
Fact: The past 5 Melbourne Cup winners have carried between 54.5kg and 56.5kg to victory
Tip: #4 Our Ivanhowe (56kg), #5 Big Orange (55.5kg), #6 Hartnell (55.5kg), #7 Hokko Brave (55.5kg), #8 Max Dynamite (55kg), #9 Red Cadeaux (55kg), #10 Trip To Paris (55kg), #11 Who Shot Thebarman (54.5kg)
By The Saddlecloth
Fact: Melbourne Cup saddlecloth numbers 4 and 12 are the most successful with a total of 11 wins
Tip: #4 Our Ivanhowe ($19), #12 Sky Hunter ($34)
By The Breeding
Fact: Since the first Melbourne Cup in 1981 New Zealand-bred horses have won 41 times
Tip: #2 Criterion ($17), #11 Who Shot Thebarman ($21), #15 Preferment ($10), #19 Prince Of Penzance ($10), #24 Gust Of Wind ($34)
By The Barrier
Fact: Barrier 11 has produced the most Melbourne Cup winners (7)
Back: #15 Preferment
By The Age
Fact: Five-year-olds have won the most Melbourne Cups with 45 victories
Back: #1 Snow Sky, #2 Criterion, #5 Big Orange, #6 Hartnell, #10 Trip To Paris, #18 Kingfisher
By The Sex
Fact: Stallions by far have the best record with 68 wins to date
Back: #1 Snow Sky, #2 Criterion, #3 Fame Game, #4 Our Ivanhowe, #7 Hokko Brave, #15 Preferment, #17 Almoonqith, #18 Kingfisher, #20 Bondi Beach, #22 The United States, #23 Excess Knowledge
By The Jockey
Fact: Damien Oliver has won the Melbourne Cup 3 times aboard Fiorente (2013), Media Puzzle (2002) and Doriemus (1995)
Tip: #13 The Offer (D. Oliver)
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