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 the 23rd barrier.
The second line is $8 for Magic Circle and Corey Brown. Unlike Yucatan, Magic Circle has shortened from the opening price of $9. The seven-year-old gelding has drawn the 17th barrier.
Next is Cross Counter at $9.5, in from $11 when the markets opened, but out from the previous fluc at $9. Cross Counter and jockey Kerrin McEvoy have drawn the 19th barrier.
Based on the top three lines, it would seem that the winner of the 2018 Melbourne Cup will come from the outside.
Hugh Bowman will be steering Marmelo ($16) from the 10th slot and once again, it seems as though Bowman almost gets to pick his barrier.
Right beside Bowman and Marmelo, in 11, Avilius ($13) seems an honest chance for Glyn Schofield and trainer James Cummings.
Zacada is the longest in the field at $126 and will start from the 24th barrier carrying Damian Lane. Those with intuition and a desire to capture the same $101 Prince of Penzance paid for winning the Melbourne Cup in 2015 will want to put the punt on Sir Charles Road and jockey Dwayne Dunn.
Others with more legitimate chances include Best Solution at $13, The Cliffsofmoher at $16, Muntahaa at $11, Youngstar ($16), A Prince Of Arran ($17).
Those who tint their punting with a bit of sentiment will find Who Shot Thebarman jumping from the 18th barrier at $41. The elder statesman finished fifth in the Melbourne Cup in 2016, 11th in 2015 and third in 2014.
Over 3200 metres, drawing outside is not so bad