Connections Face Daunting Melbourne Cup Fees in Coming Days

20 October, 2017

Want to know exactly how long until the jump of the 2017 Melbourne Cup? There is no better source of this type of information than the internet.

As this is being typed, there are 19 days, seven hours, nine minutes and 50 seconds until the race jumps.

That last bit of information is already far out of date, as our typing skills do not come anywhere close to keeping pace with time.

In more relevant news, the chances of a Cups double this year seem to be growing slimmer faster than the countdown time we used to check the time remaining before The Race That Stops a Nation.

As the defending Melbourne Cup champion, Almandin is not in the field for the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.

Admire Deus suffered an injury that puts his entire future in doubt and Racing Victoria stewards are waiting until the last possible moment to make a decision regarding Bonneval. Bonneval, despite her trainer’s vehement claims, appeared to pull up lame in the Caulfield Stakes.

Johannes Vermeer currently looks like the favourite at Caulfield on Saturday. If he wins, he is perhaps capable of winning the Melbourne Cup, but he has never won beyond 2011 metres and Aidan O’Brien’s Irish galloper has only a second in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes last weekend to provide any guide as to how well he can run in Australia.

For that matter, Johannes Vermeer has never run Melbourne Cup distance, so he would not seem to possess the stamina to go two miles. He is nominated, so his connections have forwarded almost $10,000 in fees. Another $4,620 is due by October 30, but a fee of $49,500 is due on the Saturday before the race, which this year means Final Declarations are due on November 4.

That is a hefty sum for a horse that has, in 13 attempts, earned only $715,080.