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Top Picks for the Melbourne Cup

It’s not long now before the eyes of the racing world look towards Flemington Racecourse and the festivities of the Melbourne Cup. The lineup for this year’s contest is quite compelling. The final list will be narrowed down to 24 to contend the race on November 3rd. The nation will pause and be fixated on the potential outcome of the race. Punters will be ready to have a drink in one hand and a winning ticket in the other. If you can see yourself being a part of the mix, then get involved and find out how you can improve your chances when picking a winner in this year’s Melbourne Cup race. Just remember, whatever your approach is, make sure to keep one thing in mind. Back a winner!

Mongolian Khan

Mongolian Khan put on a class performance at the Caulfield Cup to take the $3 million purse and puts the horse as a strong contender to win this year’s Melbourne Cup. The horse appears to be strong around the turns and if he can produce the extra stamina needed over the longer distance, the horse may come away as this year’s Melbourne Cup champion.

Who shot Thebarman

Famed for winning the Group 1 Auckland Cup in New Zealand in 2014 over 3200m, he should offer a challenge to the other contesting horses if his trainer Chris Waller can get the horse to peak in time for the cup.  The horse did gain a second placing at this year’s Sydney Cup as well.

With a previous top 3 place in the last Melbourne Cup, it will be interesting to see if the horse can raise the stakes in 2015.

Fame Game

This horse has looked impressive throughout the 2015 racing season. The horse placed second in March this year when contesting the Group 1 Tenno Sho over 3200m. The interesting thing is this is the same distance the Melbourne cup is run over. The horse also came away with two victories in 2014 following wins in the Group 3 Diamond Stakes and the Group 2 Copa Republica Argentina Handicap.

You can watch the recently released video of Fame Game in his final preparations in the lead up to the big day of the Melbourne Cup!

Following the confirmation of Fame Game’s entering the contest for the Melbourne Cup, Sportsbet.com.au had listed the horse as a favourite to win.

Protectionist.

This could be the dark horse of the championship. Prior to arriving in last year’s Melbourne Cup, the horse had been a race winner at Group contests in France and Germany. As the previous winner of the cup, Protectionist shouldn’t be doubted as a favourite despite the horse not showcasing blistering results in this year’s campaign. That said, the horse has run the fourth fastest time in history in the Melbourne Cup. Should the horse’s condition peak in time for the Melbourne Cup, he could set the track ablaze again.

Trip to Paris

Winner of the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup this year over 4000m, a trip to Paris is not a horse to dismiss as a potential favourite. The horse held off challenges from Moore on Kingfisher and race favourite Forgotten Rules who placed third. With the horse’s ability to rise to the occasion, he could be the one to claim the Melbourne cup crown in 2015.

Red Cadeux

This horse will be returning for his fifth Melbourne Cup attempt after placing second in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Could this year could be in the horse’s favour? A popular racehorse in the industry and amassing a total of $9 million in his career with top places in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the title is within reach, should the day play to the horse’s favour. For punters, it is a horse that should be considered to be in the top places.

These are our top picks for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Although we are confident in our selection, there are always other factors and opinions that may come into play. If you would like to take a look at a more exhaustive line-up of the racehorses that are predicted to be in contention for the Melbourne Cup purse, you can view the list below. Happy punting!

Appendix 1: Prospective Melbourne Racing lineup 2015

Horse

Age

Sex

Trainer

Agent Murphy

4

Colt

Brian Meehan

Almodovar

4

Colt

David Lanigan

Almoonqith

6

Horse

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Amanpour

5

Mare

Gai Waterhouse

Amralah

6

Horse

Robert Hickmott

Big Orange

4

Gelding

Michael Bell

Bondeiger

4

Colt

Danny O’Brien

Bondi Beach

3

Colt

Aidan O’Brien

Bohemian Lily

4

Mare

Gai Waterhouse

Canndal

3

Colt

Mikel Delzangles

Clondaw Warrior

8

Gelding

Willie Mullins

Collaboration

4

Gelding

Andrew Balding

Cougar Mountain

4

Colt

Aidan O’Brien

Criterion

5

Horse

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Dandino

9

Horse

Darren Weir

Dibayani

6

Gelding

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Disposition

4

Gelding

Lee & Anthony Freedman

Dubday

6

Horse

Jassim Al Ghazali

Fame Game

6

Horse

Yoshitada Munakata

Grand Marshal

5

Gelding

Chris Waller

Gust Of Wind

4

Mare

John Sargent

Hartnell

5

Horse

John O’Shea

La Amistad

6

Mare

M, W & J Hawkes

Magic Hurricane

6

Gelding

John O’Shea

Mongolian Khan

4

Colt

Murray Baker

Observational

5

Gelding

Robert Hickmott

Our Ivanhowe

6

Horse

Lee & Anthony Freedman

Pornichet

5

Horse

Gai Waterhouse

Preferment

4

Horse

Chris Waller

Protectionist

6

Horse

Kris Lees

Red Cadeaux

10

Gelding

Ed Dunlop

Tall Ship

5

Gelding

Darren Weir

The Offer

7

Gelding

Gai Waterhouse

The United States

6

Horse

Robert Hickmott

Trip To Paris

5

Gelding

Ed Dunlop

Who Shot Thebarman

7

Gelding

Chris Waller

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