Our Top 4 Picks for the Melbourne Cup

Our Top 4 Picks for the Melbourne Cup

Our Top 4 Picks for the Melbourne Cup

It’s that time of year again, Australia will stop and the world will tune in for one of the great horse races, the Melbourne Cup.

2THE CLIFFSOFMOHER 
JOCKEY: Ryan Moore
TRAINER: Aidan O’Brien (Co. Tipperary (IRE))
5 Year Old
SIRE: Galileo DAM: Wave
The Cliffsofmohar is bred to win this one, by the worlds best sire, trained by the worlds best trainer and ridden by one of the worlds best jockeys he is hard to overlook.
His 2 Aussie starts have been solid efforts and point to a strong performance over 2 miles.
10AVILIUS
JOCKEY: Glyn Schofield
TRAINER: James Cummings (Flemington)
5 Year Old
SIRE: PivotalDAM: Alessandria
Avilius is the best of the Godolphin runners in this and may give them their 1st Melbourne Cup win.
13FINCHE
JOCKEY: Zac Purton
TRAINER: Chris Waller (Flemington)
5 Year Old
SIRE: Frankel (GB)DAM: Binche
Zac Purton, Hong Kong’s leading Jockey makes the trip south for Finche, Juddmonte Owned, Frankel sired and trained by Chris Waller, it would be hard to leave him out of this.
24ROSTROPOVICH
JOCKEY: Wayne Lordan
TRAINER: Aidan O’Brien (Co. Tipperary (IRE))
4 Year Old
SIRE: Frankel (GB)DAM: Tyranny
Just a baby by Melbourne Cup standards but is worth considering, he is another Frankel sired horse and trained by Aidan O’Brien who knows what it takes to win over 2 miles.

The Melbourne Cup has a long tradition, with the first race held in 1861. It was originally over two miles (3.219 km) but was shortened to 3,200 metres (1.988 mi) in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system. This reduced the distance by 18.688 metres (61.312 ft), and Rain Lover’s 1968 race record of 3:19.1 was accordingly adjusted to 3:17.9. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3:16.3.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as “the race that stops a nation”.

The race is a quality handicap for horses 3 years old and over, run over a distance of 3,200 metres, on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse. The minimum handicap weight is 50 kg. There is no maximum weight, but the top allocated weight must not be less than 57 kg. The weight allocated to each horse is declared by the VRC Handicapper in early September.

The Melbourne Cup race is a handicap contest in which the weight of the jockey and riding gear is adjusted with ballast to a nominated figure. Older horses carry more weight than younger ones, and weights are adjusted further according to the horse’s previous results.

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