2015 Melbourne Cup Tips and Early Preview
On the first Tuesday of November at 3pm the nation will stop to witness the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup and this years edition will boast a total of $6.2 million in total prize money. The winner will take home $3.6 million and will be etched in Australian racing history. This year’s event will take place on 3rd of Novemeber at the prestigious Flemington racecourse over 3200m and a crowd of over 100,000 is expected.
Over the course of the next few months we will be taking a look at key lead-up races to the 2015 Melbourne Cup and how the contenders are tracking going into Australia’s richest horse race. Be sure to check back regularly.
G1 Turnbull Stakes October 4 2015 at Flemington Racecourse over 2000m
G1 Caulfield Cup October 17 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse over 2400m
G3 Geelong Cup October 21 2015 at Geelong Racecourse over 2400m
G1 Cox Plate October 24 2015 at Moonee Valley Racecourse over 2040m
G1 Mackinnon Stakes October 31 2015 at Fleming Racecouse over 2000m
G3 Lexus Stakes October 31 2015 at Flemington Racecourse over 2500m
Currently all Melbourne Cup markets are listed as “All-In” which means you do not get your stake back if your horse doesn’t run. However the new cash out function can be used on the Luxbet Melbourne Cup market so if you are able to predict a “shortener” accurately you make be able to lock in some easy profit. For more information on Luxbet cash out see our recent article here. Below I’ve listed my current top 10 contenders for the 2015 version of The Cup.
2015 Melbourne Cup Tips and Predictions
Fame Game (JAP) $15 – Ran 2nd in the Japanese G1 Tenno Sho over 3200m after being stuck in the second half of the field. Had to angle out to get clear running in the straight and put in an absolutely huge run to the line. Comfortably won the G3 Diamond Stakes over 3400m at start prior. Has far better form than last year’s favourite Admire Rakti.
Hokko Brave (JAP) $26 – Another Japanese stayer who ran 6th only 1.6L off Fame Game in G1 Tenno Sho. Also ran 3rd in 2014 Tenno Sho. Proven he can perform at the top level.
Big Orange (GB) – Was a very strong run in the G2 Goodwood Cup when he looked gone at the 300m. Kept on very well and knocked off Trip To Paris.
Trip To Paris (IRE) $21 – Won G1 Ascot Gold Cup before going down by a head to Big Orange in the G2 Goodwood Cup for 3rd. Good run.
Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) $26 – 3rd in last year’s Melbourne Cup and 2nd in Sydney Cup.
Mongolian Khan (NZ) $21 – New Zealand galloper who won NZ Derby & Australian Derby at most recent start. Won 7 from 9 starts but yet to go past 2400m.
Protectionist (GER) $21 – Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner but was very underwhelming in his Autumn campaign.
Hartnell (GB) $18 – First campaign in AUS in Autumn. Won G1 BMW and 4th in G1 Sydney Cup.
Forgotten Rules (IRE) $35 – Irish stayed who was undefeated from 4 starts going into G1 debut in Ascot Gold Cup. Ran 3rd 1.6L off Trip To Paris before 4th in most recent start at Curragh.
Goldstream (ITY) $17 – Italian galloper who has only been seen at the track once. Comfortably won the Italian Derby by 3L and it will be interesting to see how he stacks up.
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Previous Melbourne Cup Results
It’s always worth noting previous performer’s form going into the Melbourne Cup. Below I take a look at the top 3 places getters over the past five years and how they have performed in their respective lead-ups going into the event.
2014 Melbourne Cup Result
1st Protectionist – Won by 4L. Only had 1 start in Australia in the Group 2 Hebert Power at Caulfield over 2400m where he finished 4th. Had won multiple Group 2s in Europe prior one of which was over 3000m.
2nd Red Cadeaux – No Australian lead-ups. 4th in G3 at Newbury (UK) over 2671m then 7th in G3 at Kempton (UK) over 2414m prior to Melbourne Cup run. Multiple 2nds in previous Melbourne Cups.
3rd Who Shot Thebarman – Won G3 Bart Cummings over 2520m before having respiratory issues in the G1 Caulfield Cup and finishing 13th but only 4L off winner.
2013 Melbourne Cup Result
1st Fiorente – Won by 0.8L. Lead-ups included 4th in G1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m then 3rd in G1 Cox Plate over 2040m after a wide run. Ran 2nd in 2012 Melbourne Cup/
2nd Red Cadeaux – No Australian lead-ups. Ran 2nd in G3 at Newbury (UK) over 2671m before a 4th in the G1 Irish St. Leger over 2816m. Previously ran 2nd in 2011 Melbourne Cup.
3rd Mount Athos – No Australian lead-ups. Ran 8th in G2 at Goodwood over 3219m before a 2nd in Listed March Stakes at Goodwood over 2816m. Had previously run a strong race in 2012 Melbourne Cup.
2012 Melbourne Cup Result
1st Green Moon – Won by 1L. Lead up included 1st in G1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m then 7th in G1 Cox Plate over 2040m.
2nd Fiorente – No Australian lead-ups. Won G2 Princess Of Wales Stakes at Newmarket (UK) over 2414m prior to a 4th in the G2 Prix Foy (FR) over 2400m.
3rd Jakkalberry – Won Listed American St Leger at Arlington (USA) over 2714m before running 13th in G1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m.
2011 Melbourne Cup Result
1st Dunaden – Won by 0.1L. 9th in G2 Darley Prix Kergorlay over 3000m before 1st in G3 Geelong Cup over 2400m.
2nd Red Cadeaux – No Australian lead-ups. 5th in G2 Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville (FR) over 3000m then 3rd in G1 Irish St Leger over 2816m.
3rd Lucas Cranach – 5th in G1 Grosser Preis Von Berlin at Hoppegarten (GER) over 2412m and 5th in G1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m.
2010 Melbourne Cup Result
1st Americain – Won by 3L. Won G2 Darley Prix Kegorlay over 3000m before 1st in G3 Geelong Cup over 2400m.
2nd Maluckyday – Won Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup over 2400m and won G3 Lexus Stakes over 2500m.
3rd So You Think – Won G1 Cox Plate over 2040m then won G1 Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m.
Take what you like out of the above information but I think it’s fair to say winning form going into the Melbourne Cup is always a good thing!
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2014 Melbourne Cup Replay