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Melbourne Cup Tips 2017: 3 horses to consider for the 2017 Melbourne Cup

  • 3 horses to consider for the Melbourne Cup
Horse run past the winning post the first time around in the Emirates Melbourne Cup

Australia’s most famous race, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) is set to be run at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017, and there are some nice odds to be secured.

Finding the winner on the first Tuesday in November is hard enough, let alone trying to find it before the final field and barrier draw has been declared.

2017 Melbourne Cup Tips


International runners play a big part each year, and this year will be no exception with the top four in the early markets being trained overseas.

As well as highlighting a few great chances in the early markets, I’ve hunted down the best Melbourne Cup odds for each horse.

Here are my top three:

RED CARDINAL

The Andreas Wohler-trained and Australian Bloodstock-owned Red Cardinal has won his past two races over two miles in impressive fashion and looms as big player in this year’s Cup. He resumed for Wohler in the Group 2 International Oleander-Rennen at Hoppegarten on May 14, and showed a great turn off foot to win off a slow tempo in a time of   3:33.98. He then travelled to the US for the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational (3200m) and sat three deep for the trip before getting to the outside and mowing his rivals down to score in a time of 3:18.79. Looks versatile, is with a Melbourne Cup-winning trainer and has the rating to get in this year.


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FRANCIS OF ASSISSI

Charlie Appleby has wrapped the son of Danehill Dancer in cotton wool since his emphatic 10-length victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington where he ran 2:41.13 which was just outside the track record of 2:41.00. He cleaned his rivals up in the Bendigo Cup (2400m) 10 days earlier so we know he is a European horse that won’t have an issue with backing up which is historically what an international needs to do to take out the iconic event. He’s a true stayer that won’t tire in the straight, and if he can win a lead-up race in Australia, his odds will be slashed by more than half.


KILIMANJARO

If we take a look at the preparation of reigning Cup winner Almandin, this new quality import, Kilimanjaro, looks to be on the same path but only time will tell if he’s a Cup prospect this year or next – at $41, I’m willing to guess it’s this year. Firstly, Almandin debuted in Australia in June after a 107 week break and kicked off at Moonee Valley over 1600m where he finished six lengths off the pace. He then had a series of freshen-ups as he stepped up in trip before claiming two consecutive wins and then the Cup. Kilimanjaro brings strong European form and has just resumed at Flemington over 1800m following a 102-week break. He’s a magnificent specimen and really hit the line strongly over the unsuitable trip. Trainer Robert Hickmott and Team Williams wouldn’t have had him anywhere near wound up for that run, and if he’s freshened and embarks on what looks like a cups path, that means the team think he’s acclimatised and is seasoned enough to give Hall of Fame owner Lloyd Williams his sixth success in the race that stops a nation.


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Melbourne Cup Tips 2017: 3 horses to consider for the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Australia’s most famous race, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) is set to be run at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017, and there are some nice odds to be secured.

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