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

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Stil...

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...

Enticing Star can regain her g...

Enticing Star can regain her glow in 2018 Winterbottom Stakes

Winning machine Enticing Star can regain her glow when she steps out in the...

Horse Racing Today

Oakleigh Plate the Main Target...

Two times winner Redkirk Warri...

Two times winner Redkirk Warrior among 2019 Newmarket Handicap nominations

Two times winner Redkirk Warrior is among the sixty-five nominations for the...

Weir Trumps 2019 Australia Sta...

Weir Trumps 2019 Australia Stakes nominations with six

Leading trainer Darren Weir has trumped the nominations for the 2019 Group 2...

Tuesday Trial Set for Winx at ...

Tuesday Trial Set for Winx at Rosehill

Winx will make her first appearance of the New Year next Tuesday morning in a...

Winx on Track for Tuesday Week...

Winx on Track for Tuesday Week Trial

Chris Waller and mighty mare Winx are prepping for their first appearance of...

Race Results

Bjorn Baker Redoubles Up in Magic Millions Cup

Magic Millions 2YO Classic Results: Exhilarates Shines for Godolphin

Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Results: Boomsara Wins Photo Finish

Long Shot Egyptian Symbol Claims Magic Millions Snippets Win

Tumultuous Goes Back to Back in Magic Millions Trophy

Race Previews

Two times winner Redkirk Warrior among 2019 Newmarket Handicap nominations

Weir Trumps 2019 Australia Stakes nominations with six

Doubt Defying has no worries on wet Villiers Stakes track

Sky Boy draws barrier 9 in 2018 Villiers Stakes

Sky Boy included in 2018 Villiers Stakes nominations

Fields & Form

Two times winner Redkirk Warrior among 2019 Newmarket Handicap nominations

Weir Trumps 2019 Australia Stakes nominations with six

Sky Boy draws barrier 9 in 2018 Villiers Stakes

Sky Boy included in 2018 Villiers Stakes nominations

Arcadia Queen firms in the 2018 Kingston Town Classic betting after the barrier draw