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 Ireland’s Casamento from the USA’s Road Harbour. Without getting overly involved in the intricacies of the English language, we suspect that Kings Will Dream’s dam’s actual name was Road Harbor, but an extra “u” here or there is no hanging matter.
Kings Will Dream has an abbreviated racing career, having made just 10 starts from his debut at Great Britain’s Ripon racecourse on 8 June 2017 until his most recent outing at Caulfield.
His results, however, are quite impressive.
He has won six times and placed three. His worst result was a fourth at Caulfield in the Group 2 P B Lawrence Stakes (1400 m) in mid-August 2018. He ran third to Humidor and Kementari in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400 m) on 1 September. He finished just a head and neck back of the front two, so but for a little racing luck, he showed that he is near to his stablemate Humidor.
Kings Will Dream has won as far out as 2400 metres, but the Listed Mornington Cup is his only significant victory.
He does have two wins at Flemington, however, so the horse does seem to fit the course.
Immediately behind Kings Will Dream in the early markets are three at $15, those being Magic Circle, Torcedor and Withhold.
Next, come three at $17: Chestnut Coat, Cross Counter and Hamada.
Nominations for the 2018 Melbourne Cup close of 7 August. Second declarations are not until 29 October. The final field of 24 and the barrier draw will be held on Saturday, 3 November and the actual race will be the seventh of the meeting on Tuesday, 6 November.