Melbourne Cup: Wet Track A Problem For Ventura Storm

November 6, 2018

Melbourne Cup: Wet Track A Problem For Ventura Storm

A track downgrade to a Heavy 9 this morning has thrown the Melbourne Cup market into chaos, as plenty of punters continue to search for runners with proven wet form.

The Lindsay Park stable has just one hopeful in this year’s Cup, six-year old gelding Ventura Storm. The Irish raider won its last start in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m), although trainer David Hayes seems a little on the fence about his chances on the sticky surface.

“I think he’s won a couple of races on an English Soft 2, but most of his races in Australia have been on Good” Hayes told RSN this morning.

Ventura Storm attacked the line strongly to win the Moonee Valley Cup, beating home Trap For Fools by a short half head. He set the track record that day in a time of 2 minutes 34.37 seconds, but Hayes admits he was hoping for a firmer track at Flemington today.

Six-year-olds have dominated the Melbourne Cup results in the past 30 years including six wins between 2006-16.

“I think he’s adaptable on both, but I would’be loved for it to have been firm, because it might’ve check-mated a few of the English horses.”

Ventura Storm is among the 11 international raiders out to win the Cup this year, and you can have him for $34 with Ladbrokes. He’s drawn barrier 7 with jockey Mark Zahra on board, a similar gate to the one Ventura Storm won from at The Valley a fortnight ago.

“I’d expect him to be in a similar position, Mark rode a perfect race at Moonee Valley, if he can be in a forward position with a little bit of cover, you couldn’t ask for more. He’s got the gate to do that and the tactical speed” Hayes went on to say.

Zahra rode Bella Rosa to a win in the first race of the day, and noted how poor the track conditions were. Similar to Hayes, he too was hoping for a firmer surface foe Ventura Storm today.

“He’s got a bit of wet track form, to be honest I was hoping it was going to be firm just to take a few of the others out, but at least he’ll handle it and we’ll get a nice run, so that’s all we can do” Zahra said.

Ventura Storm has had six runs on a soft surface, good for a 2-0-1 record. He finished 10th in the same conditions during the Caulfield Cup (2400m) two starts ago.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Australian Guineas Bound Amphi...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Stil...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Still The Goal, Golden Eagle ‘Plan B’

Three-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun has opened as the favourite following...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite in the 2018 Kingston Town Classic field

The lightly weighted Arcadia Queen was installed as the short priced favourite...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbot...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbottom Stakes

The Darren Weir trained Voodoo Lad broke through for his maiden Group 1 win in...

Viddora firms in the betting a...

Viddora firms in the betting after 2018 Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw

Defending titleholder Viddora continues to firm in the betting following the...

Horse Racing Today

Cosmic Force new favourite for...

Mystic Journey draws wide barr...

Mystic Journey draws wide barrier in 2019 All-Star Mile final field

Wildcard entry Mystic Journey has drawn a wide barrier in the 2019 $5m...

Lees has strength in numbers i...

Lees has strength in numbers in 2019 Newmarket Handicap

Trainer Kris Lees has strength in numbers as he lines up to claim his first...

The Autumn Sun odds on after 2...

The Autumn Sun odds on after 2019 Randwick Guineas field released

Three year old sensation The Autumn Sun has been installed as the odds on...

All-Star Mile final field take...

All-Star Mile final field takes shape

The final field for the inaugural running of the $5m All-Star Mile (1600m) at...

Race Results

Fifty Stars Sets Sights on the Doncaster Mile

Mystic Journey Wins Inaugural All-Star Mile

Dixie Blossoms Claims Group 1 Glory in Coolmore Classic

A Sky High Win Sees Red Cardinal Firm in Sydney Cup Betting

2019 Pago Pago Results: A Cosmic Force Set to Hit Next Week’s Golden Slipper

Race Previews

Cosmic Force new favourite for 2019 Golden Slipper after barrier draw

Mystic Journey draws wide barrier in 2019 All-Star Mile final field

The Autumn Sun Flies Home Late to Win 2019 Randwick Guineas

Lees has strength in numbers in 2019 Newmarket Handicap

The Autumn Sun odds on after 2019 Randwick Guineas field released

Fields & Form

Cosmic Force new favourite for 2019 Golden Slipper after barrier draw

Mystic Journey draws wide barrier in 2019 All-Star Mile final field

Lees has strength in numbers in 2019 Newmarket Handicap

The Autumn Sun odds on after 2019 Randwick Guineas field released

All-Star Mile final field takes shape