Melbourne Cup Expensive for Last Minute Shoppers

13 October, 2017

For those of us who do not have a loose $600,000 to run a horse in The Everest, or even the $340 or more needed for a chair in the private suite at Randwick’s Chairman’s Club, a ticket to the Melbourne Cup might be a more economical value. Racing Victoria has mentioned the egalitarian aspects

Almandin Chases Bart Cummings and Ballot Exemption for Melbourne Cup

6 October, 2017

Almandin, the 2016 winner of the Melbourne Cup, will jump this weekend in the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500 m) at Flemington. He won the race last year, so form would dictate that should he win again this year, he would post a double in the Melbourne Cup. Punters know it often does not work

Admire Deus In Good Form To Give Cups A Shake

5 October, 2017

Craig Williams has endorsed Admire Deus as a serious Cups contender after partnering the Japanese import in a rousing track gallop at Werribee on Tuesday. Working over 1600m in 1 min, 41 secs, the Australian-owned stayer steamed over the last 600m in 34 secs. The gallop delighted Williams ahead of the October 21 Caulfield Cup,

Lloyd Williams Confirms Almandin To Start In 2017 Cup

30 September, 2017

Lloyd Williams has ­confirmed Almandin will have one more start before he ­tries to become the sixth horse to win consecutive ­Melbourne Cups. Williams has also declared Irish galloper Rekindling as the other horse he is pinning his hopes on in his bid to win a sixth Melbourne Cup, saying he was “keen on him”.

Internationals Head Down Under for Melbourne Cup and Other Races

29 September, 2017

Some of the international horses are now in quarantine at various locations ahead of intentions to have a run at the 2017 Melbourne Cup and other top-echelon Australian spring races. Here are a few preparing for Flemington by avoiding contact with the disease and bacteria ridden nags from other locations around the world. Seriously, though,

Dearth of Staying Races Limits Almandin’s Chances in 2017

22 September, 2017

Punters looking for a horse to back for the 2017 Melbourne Cup might be swayed in the direction of last year’s winner, Almandin. Possibly the only thing going against him is that there has not been a repeat winner since Makybe Diva in 2005. Those with a background in thoroughbred racing know, of course, that

Melbourne Cup Has Little Competition Amongst Staying Races

15 September, 2017

As is true for many sports, whenever a big event looms, interest in that sport grows and the Melbourne Cup is a case in point. Even people who do not know Caulfield from cauliflower or Randwick from rocket tend to devote a little more attention to thoroughbred racing as the first Tuesday in November and

Unaccomplished Japanese Horse at Top of Melbourne Cup Betting List

8 September, 2017

With precisely two months remaining before the 2017 edition of the Melbourne Cup, we present our latest installment in our series leading up to The Race That Stops a Nation. Currently, two runners share favourtism for the race, one being last year’s winner Almandin and the other being Admire Deus of Japan. A check on

Racing Victoria Finds International Interest In Melbourne Cup Growing

31 August, 2017

In a thoroughbred racing world gone mad, where a horse that has barely been out of the barn and runs on dirt can earn more for showing up than can one of the greatest that has ever taken to the turf, it is gratifying to see so many internationals interested in showing up to contest

Almandin Back In Cup Favour With Terrific Comeback

28 August, 2017

ALMANDIN burst back onto stage on Saturday and is now favourite to win consecutive Melbourne Cups. The stayer returned to the racetrack at Moonee Valley on Saturday as the most famous horse to race anywhere in Australia on the day. Little was expected. The eight-year-old hadn’t raced since his desperate win over Heartbreak City in