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The 2016 Melbourne Cup is next to jump at Flemington Racecourse today and below we take a look at the latest Melbourne Cup odds and betting update for the ‘race that stops a nation’.
With no scratchings, this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) is set to run with a capacity 24 Melbourne Cup 2016 Horses.
Single Figure Melbourne Cup Odds
No. 6 Hartnell ($6 into $5.50)
Race favourite and heading many Melbourne Cup tips, eased out earlier in the day but is back into $5.50 to salute for the punters for the first time since 2013 (Fiorente at $7). Comes off a Cox Plate second, the eight length thrashing forgivable by the fact it was Winx that won. Cox Plate form has stacked-up in the recent Melbourne Cup results, coming back from weight-for-age just needs to settle to see out the distance.
No. 12 Jameka ($8.50 into $8)
Second favourite in Melbourne Cup betting, this Ciaron Maher-trained mare is chasing the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double after beating her rivals in the 2400m Group 1 by three lengths. Weight (54.5kg) isn’t good historically speaking for a four-year-old mare, but she’s drawn barrier three and she isn’t bred to stay – so is already kicking hoodoos.
No. 20 Oceanographer ($9)
Charlie Appleby-trained British raider is third-up down under. Third to Qewy in the Geelong Cup two back before sneaking into the Melbourne Cup field via last Saturday’s Lexus Stakes win. Well-weighted on 52kg and is after the double last achieved by Shocking ($9), but happy to leave as he looks a little under in the Melbourne Cup odds with other better priced raiders.
Best of the Rest
No. 17 Almandin ($11)
One of the genuine Melbourne Cup market movers over the week, is lightly-raced for a seven-year-old having had just the 11 starts to date. This is the race he’s been geared up for and has the momentum coming off back-to-back wins. Freshened-up since the Group 3 The Bart Cummings win on October 2 that earned him the start today, and is a genuine lightweight on 52kg with Kerrin McEvoy booking also a benefit.
No. 4 Bondi Beach ($11)
Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider ran unplaced in the Melbourne Cup results last year and the stable (Lloyd Williams ownership) has to be respected. Was immature last year when 16th and has strengthened and smartened-up nicely since. Hasn’t been over two miles since the Cup last spring, but after solid form over 2400m at home leading-up to this, should be set to peak.
No. 1 Big Orange ($13)
Steady money has come for this Michael Bell-trained English visitor who is back in the Cup field after the close fifth last year. Carrying top weight (57kg), but he’s a big strong stayer so the kilos shouldn’t worry him. Races.com.au have him on top of the 2016 Melbourne Cup betting tips based on his improvement over the past 12 months and ace two mile form.
No. 8 Wicklow Brave ($15)
Eight-year-old in the field jumping from the outside barrier, which isn’t a help, but they’ve been winning from out wide over the Flemington straight all Cup Day so maybe not as bad as it looks on paper. Carrying 56kg, dropping from 62kg that he carried to victory in the Irish St Leger in September. After the double Vintage Crop (1993) completed when the first international Melbourne Cup winner won first-up. None have won without a lead-up Australian run since, but this veteran is a gun at the two miles (15-6-1-2).
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