Brits Down Under – Melbourne Cup Tips
The Melbourne Cup (Tuesday 4am) may be the biggest race in Australia, but the Brits are heading their in full force to try and win the huge prize-money.
They have nine chances, so here’s who we think will do the best and why.
Snow Sky 33/1
Put up a career best performance when winning a group 2 at Royal Ascot this year when he seemed to relish the fast ground. Not got much form in big-fields though and top-weight and a wide draw could be hard to overcome.
Big Orange 40/1
The Goodwood Cup winner is another who’ll like the ground, though it’s unlikely he’ll get an easy lead here from stall 23.
Max Dynamite 8/1
Connections have been bullish about his chances here since he won the group-2 Lonsdale Cup at York’s Ebor Meeting, but he’s yet to race on ground this quick. Frankie Dettori bids to add his first Melbourne Cup to what has been a fabulous year in the saddle.
Trip To Paris 8/1
The Ascot Gold Cup winner was an outsider for this until he excelled in finishing runner-up in the Caulfield Cup over 12-furlongs. Should love the step-up in trip, though has a mid-field draw to contend with here.
Red Cadeaux 25/1
The three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up has landed a great draw in 8, and his whole season will have been aimed at trying to go one better this year.
Sky Hunter 66/1
The Godolphin representative has yet to run over further than 12-furlongs, and might prefer some cut in the ground.
Quest For More 66/1
Finished between Big Orange and Trip To Paris in the Goodwood Cup, but a wide draw looks tricky to overcome.
Finished 2nd to Trip To Paris in the Ascot Gold Cup, but looked to need all of that 20-furlong trip. Will love the ground, but might lack the tactical pace to get involved.
Bondi Beach 22/1
Both his second in the Great Voltigeur and the St Leger suggests he’ll love the extra distance here, but a 3-year-old hasn’t won this race for a while. Drawn wide, but interesting that trainer Aidan O’Brien has booked a local jockey.
Trip To Paris holds many of these on his best form in England, and heralds from the stable of Ed Dunlop that has saddled Red Cadeaux to finish runner-up 3 times. However Red Cadeaux is 3-times the price and, as he’s the better drawn of the two, he looks the value.
Red Cadeaux each-way @ 25/1 (Skybet) ¼ odds 5 places