2017 Melbourne Cup preview
The race that stops the nation is once again upon us.
At 3pm tomorrow, households and workplaces will stop to witness the 156th running of the Melbourne Cup.
The enormity of the Cup consolidates Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing nations and attracts international jockeys and trainers eager to etch their names into the history of the sport.
It is also the one day of the year in which most Australians have a punt (or at least think about doing so).
So to ensure you don’t lose too much dough this Melbourne Cup, here’s your form guide to the big race.
- Marmelo (Barrier 16) Win – $8.50 Place – $2.95
Has shown fantastic potential since arriving from Great Britain. Will likely start the race as favourite tomorrow and is ridden by in-form jockey Hugh Bowman. Marmelo has had an all important lead up race in Australia, so will be well accustomed to the Melbourne conditions tomorrow.
- Almandin (Barrier 14) Win – $9.50 Place – $3.35
Almandin won the race last year and will be attempting to do what only five horses have done before – win the Cup more than once. The only question mark lies with his jockey, Frankie Dettori. Despite fantastic form abroad, Dettori has failed to fire in Australia so far.
- Humidor (Barrier 13) Win – $10 Place – $3.70
The best of the Kiwi hopefuls in the race, Humidor is coming off a fantastic run in the Cox Plate, finishing second only to the champion, Winx. Distance may be an issue for Humidor, as he has never won a race over 2000 metres.
- Johannes Vermeer (Barrier 3) Win – $10 Place – $3.70
Trained by master Aidan O’Brien, Johannes Vermeer has had the all important practice races in Australian conditions. He will be carrying an ideal 54.5kg and although there are question marks about the distance, his recent run in the Caulfield Cup was impressive.
- Amelie’s Star (Barrier 10) Win – $18 Place – $5.85
Won at Flemington two starts back over 2500 metres, proving she can run the distance. Has drawn well in barrier 10 which will ensure she gets her pick of the positions down the home straight. Carrying a light weight with only 51kg. Could be worth having Amelie’s Star as your top roughie.