I was keen on him running well in the race last year but connections decided to wait another 12 months, get his rating properly up, have that hardened experience against the big boys and I think it’s been the making of him. If he brings what he has produced to date in the UK down under, he’s hard to beat.
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3. Spanish Mission
Odds 💰: $10
Breeding: Noble Mission x Limonar
Trainer: Andrew Balding
Jockey: Craig Williams
Career Stats: 18: 6-4-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2012m/3600m
Career Best Win: Belmont Derby, September 7 2019, Belmont Park, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 16: 5-4-3
Wet Track Stats: 2: 1-0-0
Short Summary: Brings his UK form down under, he’s hard to beat despite an injury concern.
Yorkshire Cup (2787m), May 14 2021, York, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface
Lot of class/quality about this win. Had to be shoved along to get into his work later in the race but as the race went on, he got better and was dominant, beating a high class animal in Santiago, so the form is very strong.
Gold Cup (4014m), June 17 2021, Royal Ascot, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface
Mighty in defeat behind a world class stayer, Subjectivist. Loomed as some sort of threat at the top of the straight but the eventual winner stole a winning break and held a safe margin. Spanish Mission stayed on to run third and actually beat home Stradivarius.
Lonsdale Cup (3269m), August 20 2021, York, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface
It’s in the mix for race of the year. Wonderful clash between two class stayers, and as champions do, they find a way to lift and that was the case for Stradivarius in an epic battle up the straight. Spanish Mission was all over a winner but the champ dug in when required.
What odds is Spanish Mission to win the Melbourne Cup?
Can Spanish Mission win the Melbourne Cup?
Spanish Mission, listed at $10 in Melbourne Cup odds, definitely has a chance of winning the Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup has a history of upset winners, as we saw in 2015 when Prince of Penzance won at $101 odds! You can back Spanish Mission at Sportsbet, Ladbrokes or Neds.
What Number, Barrier and Weight is Spanish Mission
Spanish Mission will carry saddlecloth number 3 and will jump from barrier 14 in the 2021 Melbourne Cup. Spanish Mission will carry 57kg in the Melbourne Cup.
Which jockey will ride Spanish Mission in the Melbourne Cup?
Spanish Mission will be ridden by Craig Williams in the 2021 Melbourne Cup with a weight of 57kg.