Melbourne Cup

Melbourne

the race that stops a Nation

Whilst officially only a public holiday in Melbourne and Victoria, this is the race that really does stop the Nation as Australia tunes in and watches a field of the best horses in the world compete on a 3200 metre chase to win or take a place in one of the world's most notible events.

Held at the Flemington race course, just west of the city and a short cab ride for the 100,000 race-goers who turn up to party for a whole day's racing, the Melbourne Cup race being the focal point starting at 3.00pm. 

Australia’s richest race with $7.3 m in total prize money with the cup winner taking $3.6 m of that. Just coming in 9th will earn the horse owner $125,000 but it's a tough race and every horse competing undergoes stringent preparation and testing before being passed fit enough to compete.

The Melbourne Cup is an 18-carat gold trophy and is worth $150,000 but the winning is the real reward for jockey, owner, trainer and stable hands that put months and years into training these wonderful horses to perform in the top-league of flat racing.

As you'd expect, the Australian public is prone to the odd punt and the majority of them will put on a bet and cheer their favourite on whether the bet has been made by studying form; the most successful trainer; the horse has a nice name, the most colourful jockey outfit perhaps or maybe even a blind-fold and pin 'on the donkey' so to speak. Another way to select is by barrier position at the start and this is determined by a draw but can seriously effect the betting odds. It's also a handi-cap race with weight added to each horse according to performance to try and even out the running and making it even more exciting.
 
Click HERE for on-line tickets and to avoid the queues.

Whichever way you select your favourite, the important thing is to join in the fun and watch either at the course, in the pub or with friends at a barbie perhaps.
 
Here's the weather forecast for the race and rain will make a big difference and possibly an unexpected, outside winner.

Good luck to everyone and here's the current field for your selection pleasure.

2019 Melbourne Cup - Final Field

1. Cross Counter (5) Charlie Appleby/William Buick
2. Mer De Glace (2) Hisashi Shimizu/Damian Lane
3. Master of Reality (1) Joseph O'Brien/Frankie Dettori
4. Mirage Dancer (13) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young/Ben Melham
5. Southern France (14) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace/Mark Zahra
6. Hunting Horn (11) Aidan O'Brien/ Seamie Heffernan
7. Latrobe (22) Joseph O'Brien/James McDonald
8. Mustajeer (6) Kris Lees/Damien Oliver
9. Rostropovich (12) David A & B Hayes & Tom Dabernig/Dwayne Dunn
10. Twilight Payment (19) Joseph O'Brien/Hugh Bowman
11. Finche (4) Chris Waller/Kerrin McEvoy
12. Prince of Arran (8) Charlie Fellows/Michael Walker
13. Raymond Tusk (3) Richard Hannon/Jamie Spencer
14. Downdraft (15) Joseph O'Brien/John Allen
15. Magic Wand (24) Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore 
16. Neufbosc (23) David A & B Hayes & Tom Dabernig/Luke Nolen
17. Sound (10) Michael Moroney/James Winks
18. Surprise Baby (20) Paul Preusker/Jordan Childs
19. Constantinople (7) David A & B Hayes & Tom Dabernig/Joao Moreira
20. Il Paradiso (17) Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan
21. Steel Prince (16) Anthony Freedman/Brett Prebble
22. The Chosen One (18) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman/Timothy Clark
23. Vow And Declare (21) Danny O'Brien/Craig A Williams
24. Youngstar (9) Chris Waller/Tommy Berry

Click HERE to download the field and more details about the form of your selected horse.

* Correct at time of going to print and subject to change at any time.
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Field courtesy of TimeForm.com