Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Russian Camelot
Image: Reg Ryan
Russian Camelot looks the horse to beat in early betting for this years Melbourne Cup

The 2020 Spring Carnival will be one of the most unique of the modern era due to the current climate of the world that’s going through Covid 19. But touch wood, racing goes ahead and the Spring Carnival goes off without a hitch.

The race that stops a nation and is starting to stop the world is the Melbourne Cup and here at Justhorseracing, we’ve put together a preview of key runners for the iconic 3200m contest.

Market πŸ’°: View the Odds for the Melbourne Cup

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.

 

HORSE TO BEAT:

 

Russian Camelot

Odds πŸ’°: $10 at SportsbetBET NOW
Breeding:
Camelot x Lady Babooshka
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 5: 3-1-0
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2500m
Career Best Win: SA Derby, May 9 2020, Morphettville, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 2: 1-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 3: 2-0-0
Short Summary: The flagbearer for Australia against a potentially strong International brigade.

Why He Can Win?

The hype around him is the strongest it has been for a horse since Winx. Lightly raced and keep in mind is a Northern Hemisphere bred, so he’s technically still three years old. What he did in the SA Derby was simply stunning and did run past what I think is a Group l winner in waiting Dalasan. Just got so much upside and is a deserving early favourite.

Why He Can’t Win?

Will he run 3200m? Gives every impression he’ll get it but you don’t know until you try. Outside Dalasan, the SA Derby was very thin depth wise and the overall form around him is a bit suspect. The signs are there that he’ll come right on from last prep but until it’s been done on the track, can’t be said definitively that he’ll improve.

 

THE X FACTOR:

 

Master Of Wine

Odds πŸ’°: $17 at SportsbetBET NOW
Breeding:
Maxios x Magma
Trainer: Team Hawkes
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 15: 5-5-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2400m
Career Best Win: Sky High Stakes, March 14 2020, Rosehill, Heavy Surface
Dry Track Stats: 9: 3-3-1
Wet Track Stats: 6: 2-2-1
Short Summary: The #1 seed from Sydney for the Cups.

Why He Can Win?

It’s all upside, upside, upside with this guy. Went through his grades in the Autumn before contesting the Queen Elizabeth where he was amazing in defeat behind Addeybb, a run which proved he’s well and truly a rising star. Gives the impression he’ll eat up a staying trip.

Why He Can’t Win?

While he gives the impression he will eat up a staying trip, still got to prove it against the big boys and girls. Only time has raced at a proper staying trip was 2400m during last Spring when beating up an average lot in the Tatts Cup. His best efforts have been in Sydney, so will he handle Melbourne again, and the pressure of a Melbourne Cup.

 

ONE FROM LEFT FIELD:

 

Finche

Odds πŸ’°: $31 at SportsbetBET NOW
Breeding:
Frankel x Binche
Trainer: Chris Waller
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 15: 4-1-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/2500m
Career Best Win: Kingstown Town Stakes, September 21 2019, Randwick, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 2-1-2
Wet Track Stats: 7: 2-0-1
Short Summary: I dare say the leading pick for Chris Waller and has been excellent the past two editions.

Why He Can Win?

He’s a beauty and has been very good in the past two runnings of the Melbourne Cup when fourth in 2018 and beaten 1.4L last year by Vow And Declare. Off his recent trial, he looks to have come back in super order and is spot on for the Spring.

Why He Can’t Win?

Only two horses in the last 30 years have won the Melbourne Cup after previously not winning, Empire Rose in 88 and Fiorente in 2013, and my rule is if you have previously failed in the race, you’re penned for future attempts. And this year, potentially, will be a very strong Melbourne Cup.

 

ONE AT STUPID ODDS:

 

Skelm

Odds πŸ’°: $151 at SportsbetBET NOW
Breeding:
Animal Kingdom x Lajoie
Trainer: Terry Kelly
Nationality: Australian
Career Stats: 27: 4-4-4
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1800m/2219m
Career Best Win: Handicap, January 4 2020, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 23: 4-4-4
Wet Track Stats: 4: 0-0-0
Short Summary: Worth a very small ticket at $151+.

Why He Can Win?

Overall, wasn’t a strong race, but he closed off well in the Andrew Ramsden behind Oceanex with Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance in second. Carried 58.5kg too, so it was a good effort from the back from a horse who hasn’t really been tested at that kind of level. A win in either the Bart Cummings or Lexus on Derby Day would seal a spot for him.

Why He Can’t Win?

He’s rated 78 and would need to produce a career best prep to get even close to qualifying. Highly unlikely he measures up even in the lead ups, but he’s a talented animal that will win races in the not too distant future.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Golden Rose

The is a sprint race held at in New South Wales each year. The () boasts a total prize pool...

Punter collects $101,375 from $500 racing multi bet

One TAB punter has enjoyed a terrific afternoon of racing after pocketing $101,375 from a $500 four-leg multi. The TAB...

Racing twitter fuming over Melbourne Cup weight penalty

Racing fans on twitter are fuming after a European stayer received a hefty weight penalty which would secure the horse...

Punter eyeing $340,000 collect on The Everest

A TAB punter is hoping that the Joe Pride-trained Eduardo can secure a slot in the world’s richest race on...

Multiple G1 winning jockey to retire early

Group One-winning jockey James Winks has announced his retirement from the saddle on medical advice. The 36-year-old revealed the news...

Racing Victoria wants to ban the whip

Racing Victoria has announced today that it is seeking national action on a whip reform in Australian thoroughbred racing prior...

Watch πŸ“Ί Terry Bailey calls an absolute howler

Race caller Terry Bailey will be wishing he could have his time again after going the early crow with confidence...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.