Tipping the Odds in the 2017 Melbourne Cup
It’s a race that literally ‘stops the nation’. In fact, it holds such a high significance that a state with a population of over 5 million people gets a government backed day off. Yes, it’s time for the Melbourne Cup. A capacity crowd of over 100,000 fans will be taking their seats at the Flemington Racecourse to watch the 2017 Melbourne Cup this Tuesday, while millions of racing fans across the world will be glued to their TV sets and internet streaming sites until this $6 million race is over. The stakes will be incredibly high in the 2017 Melbourne Cup, as some of the fastest horses from Australia and abroad compete to be the first to complete 3200 metres of distance and cross the winning post ahead of their rivals.
The fields and the barrier draw of the 2017 Melbourne Cup was finalized on Saturday. You can check it out right here. But which horses exactly hold the most promising prospect in Australia’s biggest race? Sporting Tips has that covered for you in this article so keep reading ahead.
THE PUNTERS FAVOURITES
Only three horses are being put in single figures on the odds table, which can be considered rather surprising considering the quality of the horses in the field. Let’s look at all these three horses.
This Hughie Morrison trained 5YO British speedster has raced only once on an Australian course during the Caulfield Cup. While it didn’t even finish in the top 5 position in the race, punters do seem to be hopeful about its chances given its experience back home. So far, this bay horse has managed to win one G2 and one G3 race, but has never won a G1 race. So perhaps, putting it as the favourite could be considered a fairly ambitious move from the punters. However, given its past record, a top five finish can be expected.
The defending Melbourne Cup champion, the 8YO German Alamdin has made only 3 appearances, winning 1. However, the owners probably wanted their champion horse to get plenty of rest and preparation in order to defend the title. Yet, this strategy could even backfire, given the quality of competition in the race. There is no doubt, that this Robert Hickmott trained gelding is a champion material and there is plenty of strength left in it to grab the title yet again. But is this German as great as the legendary Makybe Diva, who managed to grab three Melbourne Cups in a row till 2005? Maybe not!
Judging by its illustrious career, this Darren Weir trained gelding has all the qualities of a legendary champion. With two career G1 level wins and a strong second place finish in its latest outing in the Cox Plate, this Kiwi gelding is definitely a very strong contender. A top 3 finish could be considered a realistic expectation from this horse.
THE PROMISING MIDDLE ONES
Although punters aren’t putting them in single figures, these horses will surely give the favourites a tough time.
Johannes Vermeer ($10)
This Aidan O’Brien trained bay horse has impressed punters in its two appearances on Australian soil. The Irish speedster finished third in the Caulfield Cup a fortnight ago and second in the Caulfield Stakes the week before. Under the expert guidance of jockey Ben Melham, this Irish may be able to take the pace to glory. Expect a top three finish from this speedster.
Amelie’s Star ($13)
Despite the disappointing performance in the Caulfield Cup this speedy mare has displayed plenty of good performances in the past, including its winning display in the G3 The Bart Cummings. One bad day surely shouldn’t have been considered adequate to consider this mare not good enough to put it out of the top 5.
Red Cardinal ($19)
Under two time Melbourne Cup winner jockey Kerrin McEvoy (including the last one), Red Cardinal could come out as the surprise package in the 2017 Melbourne Cup. With plenty of experience in every group level outside Australia, Red Cardinal could even be considered more promising that Alamdin was before last year’s winning performance.
Boom Time ($26)
Despite winning the 2017 Caulfield Cup only a fortnight ago Boom Time hasn’t been granted the respect it actually deserves by punters. However, this is one horse that has the ability to grab a cup double.
It’s strange how can punters under-look the abilities of a horse that’s won 3 of its last 4 group level races. But that’s precisely what the odds table is showing for Tiberian. This French speedster can easily give the champions a tough competition, given its experience and quality. Could be the biggest surprise package in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.