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Foreign Horses Enjoy Top Prospects in Early Melbourne Cup Markets

15 October, 2018

Bart Cummings trained Kingston Rule ruled the Melbourne Cup in 1990, setting a record for The Race That Stops A Nation by stopping the clock for the run at 3:16.30. Could that record fall in 2018, after almost 20 years as the fastest time over 3200 metres at Flemington? When Kingston Rule won, it was

Melbourne Cup Detractors Out Early for 2018 Edition

10 October, 2018

The talk has been going on for some time, but it usually is reserved for after the running of the Melbourne Cup, when post-mortems for The Race That Stops a Nation are delivered by those who lament the foreign raiders who come down under to plunder Aussie riches. It is not so much the winning

Homesman Takes Underwood Leaps in Caulfield Melbourne Cup Markets

1 October, 2018

It is amazing what winning one race can do to a horse’s odds. Homesman won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800 m) at Caulfield and in the bargain shortened from $17 into $7 for the Caulfield Cup, while simultaneously shortening from $26 into $13 for the Melbourne Cup. Homesman is a U.S. A. horse, sired

Melbourne Cup – Turnbull Stakes Double one of the Rarer

24 September, 2018

With the Melbourne Cup on the horizon, we thought to put our research skills to the test. Everyone knows about the Cups Double, that rare occurrence when a racehorse wins the Caulfield Cup followed by the Melbourne Cup. It is exceedingly rare, having happened only 11 times in the history of the two races. That

O’Brien Stayer Kew Gardens Takes Out Group 1 St. Leger in England

17 September, 2018

The countdown to the 2018 Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse continues and the recent news concerning an international raider was welcome to trainer Aidan O’Brien. His horse Kew Gardens gave O’Brien his sixth victory in the Group 1 St. Leger at England’s Doncaster racecourse. The four-year-old bay by Galileo from Chelsea Rose is doing all

Melbourne Cup 2018 Beginning to Take Form

10 September, 2018

At last check, moments ago, there were 58 days between now and the 2018 Melbourne Cup. If the markets currently on offer by Ladbrokes are any indication, Kings Will Dream will win. That horse is on offer at $13 at the moment. Darren Weir’s five-year-old gelding is listed as an Irish horse. His sire was

Best Solution Could Represent Best Foreign Hopes in Melbourne cup

3 September, 2018

Still encouraged by Almandin’s win in the Melbourne Cup, a German racer claimed by Ireland, Best Solution, is aimed at the 2018 Melbourne Cup after winning the Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Berlin at Hoppegarten racecourse in Baden – Baden, Germany. Best Solution is by Great Britain’s Kodiac from Al Andalyya of the USA, so

Charlie Appleby Says Cross Counter Is A Lock For Melbourne Cup Campaign

26 August, 2018

Charlie Appleby flexed his Melbourne Cup muscle on Wednesday night with a stable quinella in the Group 2 Great Voltiguer Stakes (2400m) at York. While game winner Old Persian will stay in Europe for the Group 1 St Leger next, Appleby confirmed that narrow runner-up Cross Counter was a lock for a Melbourne campaign. ‘He

Qatar Racing Team In Race For 2018 Melbourne Cup With Count Octave

2 August, 2018

The international numbers in pursuit of the first $7 million Melbourne Cup continue to swell with Qatar Racing announcing an attempt on the race this spring by a son of Frankel named Count Octave. Speaking from his Kingsclere base at Newbury in the United Kingdom, trainer Andrew Balding said he will look to get one

English Stayer Withhold Needs More Gain Melbourne Cup Start

8 July, 2018

English stayer Withhold has firmed to Melbourne Cup favourite in several markets but Racing Victoria’s new international recruiter Paul Bloodworth said he’s not yet guaranteed a run.Last weekend Withhold won the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and his trainer Roger Charlton declared the Melbourne Cup was his priority. Bloodworth said he had communicated with Charlton during