$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$600 Bonus Bet
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up and get your first bet matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Australian owners and trainers lamenting the international dominance of this year’s Melbourne Cup might do well to take a leaf out of the book of jockey Michael Rodd, and do something about it.

With the possibility of half of the 24-horse Cup field being made up of foreign-trained horses or runners recently imported from Europe, the predictable outcry has gone up from many locals.

When the New Zealand entries and those purchased from Europe by Lloyd Williams are taken into account, only one Australian-bred horse seems likely to make the field.

The situation makes it difficult for all sections of the local industry, but some are working harder at holding on to a share of the action than others.

Rodd, who won the 2007 Cup on Efficient, has picked up the ride on English stayer Red Cadeaux thanks largely to some concerted self-promotion with the horse’s trainer Ed Dunlop.

“I heard Ed Dunlop was looking for a local jockey so I put my name in and I was lucky enough to get the ride,” Rodd said.

Craig Williams and Kerrin McEvoy are other local riders who have secured mounts on international runners and the ride on English stayer Fox Hunt could got to an Australian.

Most of the raiders will have local hoops in the saddle.

Rodd acknowledged that he has the advantage of having a higher profile than many of his colleagues, but said the challenge was there for locals to push their case with overseas trainers.

“I’m lucky, I’ve won a Melbourne Cup and I’m more marketable,” Rodd said.

“Some of the guys are very good riders but are harder to sell to the international owners and trainers.

“But it looks like they are starting to learn a bit and work out that they need to employ us local guys who know the track and the racing environment.”

“Things are changing and it might make it a little more difficult, but we’ll adapt.”

Rodd had his first ride on Red Cadeaux at the Werribee racetrack quarantine centre on Monday and came away satisfied that his effort to partner the horse could pay dividends.

“We had a look at some tapes … he’s got form around all these good horses – Americain who is favourite and Jukebox Jury,” he said.

Red Cadeaux came through the race that is shaping as the “Cup maker”, the Prix Kergorlay (3000m) run at Deauville in August.

Americain, the defending Cup champion and winner of last Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup, ran in the race finishing in the second half of the field.

The winner, Jukebox Jury, has dead-heated in a Group One race since.

Rodd agreed the face of the Melbourne Cup has changed dramatically this season.

“It’s starting to look like the International Cup more than the Melbourne Cup,” he said.

“But it’s great for the Australian racing industry for them to bring these horses over and we get a lot more exposure overseas.”

Red Cadeaux worked at three-quarter pace over 1600m at Werribee and Rodd is hoping to give the horse a more searching test later in the week.


Deposit $50, Bet with $250
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $200 in bonus bets. That's $250 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $400
    start betting
  • first bet
    up to
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
  • first bet
    up to
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Punter places Golden Slipper bet to win $263,500

A punter with the TAB has staked a massive $31,000 on the Golden Slipper all in market. The 2018 Golden...

Golden Slipper Field – 2018

View the final field and barriers for the 2018 Golden Slipper. The Golden Slipper will be run on Saturday 24th...

24/3/2018 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Rosehill, Golden Slipper day

One of the premier race days not just in Sydney but indeed Australia is Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill and...

Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

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