Melbourne Cup Betting: Red Cardinal the Surprise Firmer

November 6, 2018

Melbourne Cup Betting: Red Cardinal the Surprise Firmer

Champion trainer Darren Weir’s hopes rest on just one runner in today’s Melbourne Cup – out of form seven-year old Red Cardinal. 

After finishing 11th in last year’s Cup, the Irish import has endured a less than ideal prep, running no better than third in the St. Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick three week’s ago before finishing toward’s the back of the pack last start in the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).

Red Carnival, above, has drawn barrier five ahead of Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

Even so, punters have come for Weir’s international raider overnight, with Red Cardinal firming from $41 into $34 with Ladbrokes. 

“We’re only hoping, we’ve got a good jock and a good barrier,” Weir told RSN this morning.

“If there was any rain coming that’d be a plus, but by the sounds of it that’s not going to happen, just happy to have a runner in the race.”

The rain is coming at Flemington, although the drizzle hardly looks likely to effect the track. Thanks to its superior drainage system, Flemington has been graded a Good 4 prior to Race 1, but if the rain does continue, it could potentially be downgraded to a Soft 5.

As for the jockey, Damien Oliver is on board hoping to join Barry Lewis and Harry White as the only jockey’s to have won four Melbourne Cups. Oliver’s last win came in 2013 aboard Gai Waterhouse trained Fiorente.

“Oliver has ridden a few Cup winners so it’s worked out fantastic getting him” part-owner Geoff Barnett told The Herald Sun.

“You can’t be confident but you can feel there’s a little glimmer there. There’s a few things going his way.”

The blinkers go on for Red Cardinal today, while punters will be hoping for repeat form similar to what we saw in the St. Leger at Randwick on a heavy track.

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

Keys is banking on Syd’s...

Lord Fandango Tightened Up Ahe...

Lord Fandango Tightened Up Ahead of Zipping Classic

Archie Alexander trained Lord Fandango is a $7.50 chance ahead of this...

2018 Zipping Classic nominatio...

2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

Beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan is among the nominations for the 2018...

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Results:...

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Results: Trap For Fools Upsets the Favourites

Five-year old gelding Trap For Fools has recorded the upset of the day at...

Fast and Furious: Santa Ana La...

Fast and Furious: Santa Ana Lane Wins 2018 VRC Sprint Classic

Add another Group 1 win to Santa Ana Lane’s growing resume of...

Horse Racing Today

Keys is banking on Syd’s...

2018 Zipping Classic nominatio...

2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

Beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan is among the nominations for the 2018...

Weir looking to add to 2018 Me...

Weir looking to add to 2018 Melbourne Cup numbers with Lexus Stakes runners

Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir is looking to add to his 2018 Melbourne...

Duretto’s 2018 Melbourne...

Duretto’s 2018 Melbourne Cup withdrawal opens up the way for the Kiwis

English stayer Duretto has been ruled out of the Group 1 $7.3m Lexus Melbourne...

2018 Victoria Derby: Weir̵...

2018 Victoria Derby: Weir’s pair draw wide, Thinkin’ Big in the middle

The barrier draw for the final field for the 2018 Group 1 $2m AAMI Victoria...

Race Results

2018 Mackinnon Stakes Results: Trap For Fools Upsets the Favourites

Fast and Furious: Santa Ana Lane Wins 2018 VRC Sprint Classic

Kenedna Rewinds the Clock to Claim 2018 Matriarch Stakes

Queen Elizabeth Winner Jaameh Sets Sights on 2019 Melbourne Cup

2018 Kennedy Oaks Results: Aristia Wins

Race Previews

Visor on For Savanna Amour in 2018 Kevin Heffernan Stakes

Keys is banking on Syd’s Coin getting amongst the money in 2018 Sandown Guineas

Lord Fandango Tightened Up Ahead of Zipping Classic

Springtime Stakes quinella among nominations for 2018 Sandown Guineas

2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

Fields & Form

Keys is banking on Syd’s Coin getting amongst the money in 2018 Sandown Guineas

Springtime Stakes quinella among nominations for 2018 Sandown Guineas

2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

Auvray a Long Shot in 2018 Melbourne Cup Betting

2018 Melbourne Cup Form Guide & Betting Preview