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- Melbourne Cup 2021 Scratchings Update: #20 Future Score (15) has been withdrawn after failing a last-minute vet check by Racing Victoria.
Twenty-four of the season’s best stayers face off at HQ on Tuesday, November 2, for the iconic Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) and below we take a look at the pros and cons of every runner ahead of the famous Flemington Race 7.
1. Twilight Payment (2)
Pro: Won last year and is going just as well.
Con: Has to become the first nine-year-old to win racing as a nine-year-old in Australia.
2. Incentivise (16)
Pro: Brilliant chasing a ninth straight win off a 3.5 length Caulfield Cup victory.
Con: Weight (57kg) – No Melbourne Cup winner has carried more than 56.5kg to victory since Makybe Diva (58kg) for her third in 2005.
3. Spanish Mission (14)
Pro: One of just two internationals in the mix with C. Williams aboard.
Con: Fitness concerns all week leading-up to the race.
4. Verry Elleegant (19)
Pro: Australian Racehorse of the Year with 9 Group 1 wins.
Con: Didn’t win last year, can she run 3200m?
5. Explosive Jack (4)
Pro: Triple Derby champion will run the two-miles.
Con: Has been racing below par this preparation.
6. The Chosen One (5)
Pro: Fourth last year.
Con: Fitness concerns leading-up.
7. Delphi (3)
Pro: Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver booked to ride.
Con: Beaten 11 lengths in the Caulfield Cup last start.
8. Ocean Billy (13)
Pro: Auckland Cup winner over the 3200m in New Zealand.
Con: Ninth and nine lengths beaten at 100/1 in the Caulfield Cup.
9. Selino (24)
Pro: Waller-trained two-mile winner of the Sydney Cup in the autumn.
Con: Barrier 24 of 24.
10. Johnny Get Angry (22)
Pro: VRC Derby winner here last spring.
Con: Nearly 50 lengths beaten his last two starts.
11. Knights Order (9)
Pro: Group 2 Brisbane Cup winner over 3200m in the winter by nearly five lengths.
Con: Poor lead-up runs including seventh to Great House in last Saturday’s Lexus.
12. Persan (11)
Pro: Caulfield Cup third was solid and fifth in this race last year.
Con: Up in weight and more of a place hope than anything.
13. Carif (8)
Pro: Team Snowden-trained and won the Sandown Cup at the distance last year.
Con: Last start 7th in a Listed race (albeit with 59kg) in Sydney doesn’t bode well.
14. Master Of Wine (6)
Pro: Light-weight (52.5kg) and surprise third in The Bart Cummings two back.
Con: Far from his best and 12th in the Caulfield Cup with the same weight.
15. Pondus (1)
Pro: Lloyd Williams’ import formerly from the Joesph O’Brien stables in Ireland looks on the improve third-up.
Con: Needs to stay out of trouble from barrier one with Rachel King aboard. Only one previous female hoop has won the race (Michelle Payne).
16. Grand Promenade (21)
Pro: Excellent winning The Bart Cummings for the Maher/Eustace stable.
Con: Genuine queries about the two miles.
17. Miami Bound (17)
Pro: VRC Oaks winner in 2019 and was far from disgraced fifth in the Moonee Valley Cup.
Con: Not quite up to this grade and needs a wet track to present any value.
18. Port Guillaume (23)
Pro: One of the fan favourites with CF sufferer Harry Coffey in the saddle, crowd will be getting behind.
Con: Dead last in The Bart Cummings and 10th in the Caulfield Cup.
19. She’s Ideel (20)
Pro: Has been competitive at this level before and light-weight (52kg).
Con: Spring form has left plenty to be desired ahead of a much tougher assignment here.
20. Future Score (15) – SCRATCHED
Pro: Could be a few omens bets as he’s the 150/1 outsider in the Melbourne Cup markets.
Con: Looks completely outclassed and unlikely to finish inside the first half.
21. Tralee Rose (12)
Pro: Geelong Cup winning mare was excellent in that, has improvement and boasts a brilliant Flemington record.
Con: Only 12 individual mares in 160 years have won the race, it takes a good one.
22. Floating Artist (10)
Pro: Appealing Maher/Eustace 50kg runner coming off the devastatingly close Moonee Valley Cup second.
Con: Needs to run out the distance.
23. Great House (7)
Pro: Impressive Lexus Stakes winner on Derby Day carrying 57.5kg and drops 7.5kg here.
Con: Shocking (2009) was last to do the Lexus – Melbourne Cup double.
24. Sir Lucan (18)
Pro: Camelot four-year-old is the right age on debut in Australia for the Waterhouse/Bott stable profiles similar to some of the past international champions in this race.
Con: 14 lengths beaten in the St Leger (2922m) at Doncaster last time out and is yet to race in Australia.
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