Punt to Win
Free Melbourne Cup Horse Racing Betting Advice, Tips, Facts
The 2010 Melbourne Cup was won by 6YO horse Americain trained by Alain de Royer Dupre and ridden by Gerald Mosse. Americain, which started at $13.00, beat Maluckyday, $9.00, by 2-3/4 lengths. Americain won the $225,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup run over 2406 metres on the 20th. October, 13 days before the Melbourne Cup. This year, starting as $3.50 favourite, 7YO Americain won the $250,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (registered name) on Saturday, 22nd. October, 2011, held 10 days before this year's Melbourne Cup.
Last year the Bart Cummings' trained 4YO horse So You Think, the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Weight for Age Championship of Australia, the W. S. Cox Plate, started the Melbourne Cup as $3.00 favourite - the shortest priced Melbourne Cup favourite in 40 years, and finished third, a half length behind Maluckyday. While 9YO gelding Zipping, $26.00, trained by Robert Hickmott and ridden by Nicholas Hall came fourth in the Melbourne Cup for the third time.
The 2009 Melbourne Cup was won by 4YO horse Shocking trained by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Corey Brown. Shocking won a Group 3 Handicap at Flemington on Derby Day over 2500 metres and was only handicapped at 51 kg. in the Melbourne Cup. In the bookmaker betting ring Shocking firmed from $17.00 to start at $14.00 while best tote odds were $14.10.
In 2007 the 4YO gelding Efficient, officially trained by Graeme Rogerson, ridden by outstanding jockey Michael Rodd and owned in a partnership that included Lloyd Williams, won the Melbourne Cup. Efficient started at $17.00 with the bookies and paid best tote odds of $24.10.
Efficient was the 2006 Group 1 3YO Victoria Derby winner at Flemington over 2500 metres, but had never raced over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200 metres. Efficient's lead up race to the Melbourne Cup was a disappointing ninth in the Group 1 Weight for Age Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, beaten over six lengths by the winner, El Segundo. Most recent Melbourne Cup winners have had a win or a strong result in their lead up race to the Cup.
In 2005 the champion 7YO mare Makybe Diva won the Cox Plate and followed up that win by creating equine history, becoming the first horse to win three consecutive Melbourne Cups. She also carried equal top weight of 58kg.; the same weight as the 7YO Irish champion horse, Vinnie Roe.
Here are some interesting betting tips and facts about the Melbourne Cup:
1. The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861. Archer easily won that race over two miles in a time of 3:52.00s. In 1968 Rain Lover set the two miles race record time of only 3:19.10s.
3. The metric record of 3:16.30 was set by Kingston Rule in 1990.
Bobby Lewis won on The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 and Trivalve 1927. He finished second four times and third on Phar Lap in 1929. Had the race been run then under Quality Handicap conditions, like it is now, which means a compressed weight scale, there is no doubt Phar Lap would have won very easily.
Glen Boss has three wins thanks to his success on the champion mare Makybe Diva. Continued next page
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