The landscape of the race that stops a nation, the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) took real shape after last Saturday and the Caulfield Cup (2400m), and Justhorseracing is once again giving you the in-depth look at the key runners leading into the big race and where your money should be going.
Who ran last weekend?
Admire Rakti shot straight to the top of the betting for the Melbourne Cup after his stunning win in the Caulfield Cup, sitting wide all the way and carrying topweight yet proved far too good for his rivals and looks to be now the clear horse to beat for the race that stops a nation.
Lucia Valentina would have lost no admirers with her closing third in the Caulfield Cup. She got forced near the car park on the home turn and lost momentum, but picked up late and was really good through the line. From all reports, she has pulled up quite well and it’s full steam ahead for the Melbourne Cup.
Who runs this weekend?
Fawkner was outstanding in his victory in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) two weeks back, aided by a brilliant ride from Nick Hall. The horse had the charmed run behind the speed, then peeled out on the turn, sprinted well and then held off Criterion to win by a neck. Fawkner goes into to the Cox Plate (2040m) this Saturday and will more than likely look back up for the Cup.
The other horse to look out for comes in the Racing.com Cup (2500m) and that is Opinion. He was excellent in defeat when a close second to Junoob in the Metropolitan (2400m) and that form has been franked with that horse and Araldo, who ran third, both running well in the Caulfield Cup on the weekend. He is borderline in terms of the order of entry, but a win here will see him get in the field, and his current price of $51 will seem quite attractive from a speculative perspective.
Where is the value?
Amralah is a very interesting Team Williams purchase. This five year old is nominated for the Racing.com Cup (2500m) and is currently $35 for the Melbourne Cup. He is coming off back-to-back stakes wins in the UK where he ran pretty good time in both wins. The stable, bar Fawkner, have had a pretty ordinary Spring, so this could be their last chance for the 2014 Melbourne Cup.