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4/11/2003 edition

Melbourne Cup Tips

How does your Cup horse rate?


Br g 5 yrs
Barrier 1
Jockey - Steven Arnold
Trainer - David Hall
33 starts, 6-5-4
Last five starts - 14202
Prizemoney $1,348,700
Average Prizemoney $40,869
Handles all track conditions, but prefers the sting out of the track.
Melbourne Cup distance - 2 sts. 0-0-0

He ran on well in last year's Melbourne Cup and finished fifth. On Saturday his fast finishing second to Casual Pass in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes was a beauty. It was a perfect Cup trial in a traditional lead up race.

Pentastic drops 4.5kg. for the Cup and looks an outstanding show.

County Tyrone

B g 5 yrs
Barrier 13
Jockey - Jim Cassidy
Trainer - Kris Lees
34 starts, 6-3-5
Last five starts - 99503
Prizemoney $758,650
Average Prizemoney $22,313
Handles all tracks but prefers Dead to Heavy going.
Melbourne Cup distance - 3 sts. 0-2-0

County Tyrone doesn't appear to be up to the class of a number of runners in the field. However the gelding is a genuine stayer and will get the distance. It's just whether he gets it fast enough. His recent form is nothing to rave about, but he did finish second to Piachay in the Brisbane Cup run over 3200 metres in June this year. That run and the start before he finished ahead of Grey Song, who is running in the Cup.

Holy Orders

B g 7 yrs
Barrier 21
Jockey - D J Condon
Trainer - Willie Mullins
35 starts, 10-4-4
Last five starts - 9316LR
Prizemoney $606,210
Average Prizemoney $17,320
Handles all track conditions
Melbourne Cup distance - 8 sts. 2-1-1

This Irish 7YO gelding's two wins over the distance have been in hurdles. His form appears very ordinary compared to others in the race.

The gelding has become well known for his refusal to gallop in trackwork here. That is hardly the preparation needed for a Melbourne Cup. You wonder how he'll react to a 100,000 plus crowd.

Mr. Prudent

Ch g 9 yrs
Barrier 7
Jockey - Damien Oliver
Trainer - George Hanlon
71 starts, 10-8-5
Last five starts - 09046
Prizemoney $1,663,110
Average Prizemoney $23,424
Handles all track conditions
Melbourne Cup distance - 8 sts. 2-1-1

Mr. Prudent finished a strong second in last year's Melbourne Cup.

This evergreen gelding is going as well as ever. Racefit after six runs this campaign, he is sure to be given every chance by leading jockey, Damien Oliver. There's no reason why he can't figure in the finish again. No nine year old has won the Melbourne Cup, but then again, how many nine year olds have started in the race?

This edition of Punt to Win:
Melbourne Cup facts and figures
How does your Melbourne Cup horse rate?
Jardine's Lookout, Mamool, Mummify, Millstreet
Pentastic, County Tyrone, Holy Orders, Mr.Prudent
Distinctly Secret, Hugs Dancer, Grey Song, Makybe Diva
Piachay, Tumeric, Frightening, Schumpeter
She's Archie, Zagalia, Ain't Seen Nothin', Big Pat
Bold Bard, Debben, Fawaz, Yakama
Punt to Win 31/10/2003
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