The Melbourne Cup is known all over the World as ‘The race that stops a nation, it is a handicap race for three year olds and older and is run over a distance 61 feet short of two miles. It limits the field to a total of 24 runners every year. The race is always run on the first Tuesday in November on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The fastest time ever recorded is the 3 minutes 16.3 secs by the 1990 winner Kingston Rule.
Over the last ten to fifteen years the race has attracted the attention of trainers from other parts of the globe, particulalry from Japan and Europe and the same applies this year. The European challenge has rarely been stronger with the first five in the Melbourne Cup Betting. There are many in Australia who would welcome a ban on international runners, that however is highly unlikely to happen.
The International challenge this year is headed by the Aiden O’Brien trained Septimus, who looked to be a magnificent animal when winning the Irish St Leger by 13 lengths in September. O’Brien has two others in the race, Honolulu and Allesandro Volta although he has yet to saddle a winner of the Melbourne Cup.
One trainer from Ireland has won the race twice is Dermot Weld, he won with Vintage Crop in 1993 and then with Media Puzzle in 2002. This year he runs a mare called, Profound Beauty, who has been in scintillating from on the gallops. Weld believes that she has a great chance and is happy that she comes into the race as somewhat of a dark horse. Since she has been in Australia, Profound Beauty’s odds have shortened considerably and she is now around the 12/1 mark to give Weld his third win.
Luca Cumani, the Newmarket trainer has sent two of his stayers over for the race, Mad Rush and Bauer. Cumani is convinced that both have equal opportunities and both will stay well, but he recognises that Septimus is probably the horse they have to beat. Cumani trained Purple Moon who was second in the race in 2007. You can get Free Horse Racing Tips for the Melbourne Cup and many other top races on this excellent free tipping portal.
Zipping and C'est La Guerre lead the Australians challenge, Zipping is at 16/1 while C’est la Guerre is at 20/1. UK Bookmakers are offering odds of around 3/8 that the winner will be European and offer around 7/4 that the Melbourne Cup winner will be trained in Australia or New Zealand. These bookies are offering Horse Racing Free Bets for this great race.
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