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4/11/2003 edition

Melbourne Cup Tips

How does your Cup horse rate?

She's Archie

No17
50kg.
Br m 5 yrs
Barrier 9
Jockey - Scott Seamer
Trainer - Darren Weir
16 starts, 4-4-3
Last five starts - 59232
Prizemoney $305,240
Average Prizemoney $19,077
Has handled Good to Dead tracks. Raced once and unplaced on a Slow rated track.
Melbourne Cup distance - 0 st. 0-0-0

She won the Group 1 South Australian Oaks over 2500 metres in May 2002 and then got injured.

The mare returned to racing in August this year. She did finish strongly for second to Zazzman in the Geelong Cup on October 22. She is capable of running a race at odds.

Zagalia

No18
50kg.
Br m 4 yrs
Barrier 24
Jockey - Chris Munce
Trainer - Clarry Conners
13 starts, 2-0-0
Last five starts - 54564
Prizemoney $389,950
Average Prizemoney $29,996
She has won on Good and Dead rated tracks. She has never raced on a track rated Slow or Heavy.
Melbourne Cup distance - 0 sts. 0-0-0

Zagalia caused a boilover when starting at $21.00, with her Cup jockey Chris Munce in the saddle, she won the Queensland Oaks over 2400 metres on May 31 this year. She was then sent out for a spell.

Her Cup lead up form has been first class. She was a very unlucky sixth, beaten 2.3 lengths in the Caulfield Cup and followed that up by finishing fourth in the Cox Plate to Fields Of Omagh, beaten 3.6 lengths. She drops in class to the Melbourne Cup and also drops 4kg. in weight.

The query is the distance. But she does look a huge show.

Ain't Seen Nothin'

No19
49kg.
B m 4 yrs
Barrier 16
Jockey - Craig Newitt
Trainer - Barbarah Joseph
15 starts, 7-1-3
Last five starts - 13054
Prizemoney $487,700
Average Prizemoney $32,513
Handles all track conditions to Slow. Has never raced on a Heavy rated track.
Melbourne Cup distance - 0 sts. 0-0-0

With no weight this mare has the lead up form to run a big race.

She ran fifth, beaten 2.2 lengths by Mummify in the Caulfield Cup and followed that up with an excellent fourth in the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday, beaten 2.7 lengths by Casual Pass. She drops in weight 6kg. from that run.

The big query is the distance.

Big Pat

No20
49kg.
Gr g 6 yrs
Barrier 18
Jockey - Peter Mertens
Trainer - Robbie Griffiths
44 starts, 6-6-2
Last five starts - 7S4041
Prizemoney $572,370
Average Prizemoney $13,008
Handles all track conditions
Melbourne Cup distance - 2 sts. 0-0-0

The geldings two runs at the distance don't inspire much confidence. He finished down the track in the 2001 Melbourne Cup and was beaten by 8.8 lengths in the weaker Adelaide Cup in May this year.

Very unlikely.

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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