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2016 Melbourne Cup Form Guide and Predictions
With final declarations due within the week, it's
time to hunker down and start taking a serious
look at the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Most on-track
and online bookmakers have posted lines and the field
is starting to take shape. Not surprisingly, online
betting odds Melbourne Cup indicate this race figures
to be wide open with as many as 11 possible starters
sitting at odds of 18-1 or less.
Betting Melbourne Cup races is always a great challenge
as horses come in from all over the world to contest
the richest turf race on the planet at the grueling,
unique staying distance of 3200
meters. With Scottish being the only doubtful
among the top 10 horses based
on odds, here's a list of the most prominent
contended and their current future book odds.
Hartnell - 4.60 After finishing a nice second
behind the incomparable Winx in last weekend's W.S.
Cox Plate, the nation is waiting to see if the connections
will enter Hartnell back in the Cup. He was used hard
to hold second in a race he was never going to win.
Assuming he makes the trip, he's a deserving favourite,
but there are legitimate questions about him getting
Jameka - 6.50 This is the horse where a majority
of the Melbourne Cup favourites tips figure to land.
With wins in the Group 1 Crown Oaks last season and
the Group 1 Caulfield Cup earlier this month, the
3200 meter distance of the Melbourne Cup seems well
within this mare's reach. Her victory in the Caulfield
Cup was simply breath-taking. She did finish behind
Hartnell in the Group 1 Turnbull, but seems better
suited to the extra distance.
Almandin - 12.00 After beating 2014 Melbourne
Cup winner Protectionist is June in a Group 2 in Germany,
Almandin's connections started plotting a course to
this year's Melbourne Cup. He's been down under since
July and figures to be well acclimated. After winning
the Group 3 Bart Cummings here at Flemington earlier
this month, he looks to be rounding to his best form
of the year.
Big Orange 16.00 - As a two-time winner of
England's Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219 meters), Big
Orange is the only horse in the field to have won
a Group event at the Melbourne distance. When betting
Melbourne Cup races, that angle should be given serious
consideration. The fact this one finished 5th in last
year's Melbourne Cup further enhances his credentials.
Big Orange hasn't been seen since winning his second
Goodwood Cup in July, but he has fired fresh before.
Exospheric 16.00 - Exospheric is a lightly
raced 4-year old that might still have some room for
improvement. He usually races around the fringes in
some the best races in Europe, but a recent 3rd to
Jameka in the Caulfield Cup points him out as a horse
that could show sudden improvement and jump up with
a big performance at a distance he might like.
The Bet: Jameka is a classy mare that has
shown when she gets good, she can string winning races
together. Her victory in the Caulfield Cup was so
easy, one could clearly see she had much more left
in the tank. Conversely, Hsrtnell didn't look particularly
sharp holding second in the Cox Plate. It might be
a case where the horse could be a tad over the top.
In recent times, Makybe Diva and Winx have shown the
world that talented mares can beat talented horses
and geldings anywhere at anytime. Jameka might not
be that good, but she isn't far off. At 6-1, she's
the play for the win. Almandin and Big Orange make
interesting exacta partners. A live stream Melbourne
Cup will be available through many of Australia's
top online bookmakers.
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