Is Floating Artist an Upset Chance to Win the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

November 1, 2021

Is Floating Artist an Upset Chance to Win the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

He is one of the early market movers in 2021 Melbourne Cup betting but can the in-form improver Floating Artist take out the $8 million event for master trainers of stayers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace?

Floating Artist (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Floating Artist profiles as a light-weight chance to upset the favourite in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup 2021. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Maher/Eustace stable are having a pearler in the staying ranks around the country, especially in Victoria, and now they look to claim Australian racing’s biggest race – the iconic Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

The team saddle-up four Melbourne Cup horses with: triple Derby champion Explosive Jack ($34), last start Caulfield Cup third placegetter Persan ($26), The Bart Cummings winner Grand Promenade ($15) and the consistent Floating Artist also rated a $15 chance in the latest Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

One of the final few to secure a spot having sat outside the Top 24 right up until Saturday, this six-year-old remains lightly-raced having just his 17th career start in the famous Flemington Race 7.

Performing well in lower grade races in the lead-up, his last start saw him go down the barest of margins in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day.

Is that the form to follow into the Melbourne Cup or is Floating Artist destined to be left drifting?

Barrier: 10

Weight: 50kg

Jockey: Teodore Nugent (a)

Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Owner/s: Seymour Bloodstock, Mr D I Hollyman, Grand Parkview Stud, Mr F J Welsford, Mrs S J Welsford, Mr G J P Van Ameyden, Encore Mission, Mr T C Eddy, Mr W J Ford, Mr W R J Gabbert, Mr P D Rossdale, Mr J M Simmons, Ms S M Fitzgerald, Murumba Racing, Mr F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, P K & A W Racing

Age: 6yo

Gender: Gelding

Breeding: by NATHANIEL (IRE) from MISS KENTON (IRE)

Career: 16-5:2:1

Win: 31.25%

Place: 50%

Last 10: x55x011132

Prize Money: $479,018

Track: 1:1-0-0

Distance: 0:0-0-0

Current 2021 Melbourne Cup Odds*: $15

Why Floating Artist Has Claims in the 2021 Melbourne Cup

  • From the right stable with Maher/Eustace so good at training stayers
  • Barrier 10 looks a lovely gate
  • Has upside as a six-year-old with just 16 starts
  • Previous winning form at Flemington
  • European import won at Ascot in the UK over a mile and a half carrying 60kg earlier in his career
  • Powered through the line at The Valley in the Vase last start over 2500m when beaten a nostril-flare off a luckless run
  • Improving each run and presents rock-hard fit

Why Floating Artist Won’t Be the Melbourne Cup 2021 Winner

  • No Melbourne Cup winner since Rogan Josh (1999) has carried just 50kg to victory
  • This is a tough test for apprentice jockey Teodore Nugent
  • Has won of the weaker Win rates of the better chances (31.25%)
  • Under $500,000 in prize money
  • Yet to win over further than 2406m
  • Longest-distanced start was 2847m in the UK when fifth beaten six lengths (albeit carrying 61.5kg)

Think Floating Artist presents a touch of value in the Melbourne Cup tips this year? Head to Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in your selections at the right price!

*Note: 2021 Melbourne Cup odds are correct at time of publish, provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change without notice. 

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