Melbourne Cup Hopeful Beaten In England

1 March, 2019

English Melbourne Cup aspirant Verdana Blue suffered a surprising defeat as odds-on favourite on Wednesday at Kempton. Trained by Nicky Henderson, who is Britain’s five-time champion jumps trainer, Verdana Blue ($1.33 favourite) couldn’t reel in Gumball ($5), who led throughout in a low-grade novice race over 2413 metres on Kempton’s all-weather track. Verdana Blue raced

2019 Sydney Cup Weights – Melbourne Cup Winners Dominate

27 February, 2019

Melbourne Cup winners Almandin and Rekindling head the weights for the 2019 Group I Sydney Cup (3200m). Racing NSW handicappers released weights for the $2 million 3200m event on Tuesday. Atop the 130 handicapped entries is 2016 Melbourne Cup hero Almandin with 58kg. The Lloyd Williams-owned import has raced sparingly since but did record another

Wet 2018 Melbourne Cup Naturally Goes to Soggy Brits

18 November, 2018

The 2018 Melbourne Cup has come and gone. Cross Counter, Godolphin’s British gelding was the winner, from another British horse, Marmelo, with Brit A Prince Of Arran rounding out the podium. Chris Waller trained Finche came in fourth. The five-year-old entire also lists Great Britain as country of origin. Might it be time to save

Melbourne Cup 2018 Field and Favourites in Lead Up Hours

5 November, 2018

Happy Melbourne Cup Eve to you all. With the time from now until the jump being measured in hours, Yucatan, or whatever his name is, still holds the favorite’s odds, $6, but he has drifted from $4.50 with Ladbrokes and he and jockey James McDonald will be starting from just inside the car park from

Fast Approaching Melbourne Cup is Everest to Lloyd Williams

29 October, 2018

The mountain, not the Randwick race – Lloyd Williams has pulled the plug on Latrobe for the next running of the Melbourne Cup out of concern that the stage and the distance is too much for the horse, he of just seven jumps. The Irish colt seems to do just fine, so long as the

Goldolphin Raiders Aim to Steal All Three Big Vic Spring Races

22 October, 2018

The Everest is done. The Caulfield Cup is done. Next weekend features the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and the historic attempt by Her Majesty Winx to record a fourth win. After that, spring racing in done. Except for the Melbourne Cup, that is. The race has been mildly overshadowed by some of

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