Melbourne Cup 2018
Race 7 – 3:00PM Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200 METRES) Times displayed in local time of Race Meeting
Of $7,050,000.1st $4,000,000, 2nd $1,000,000, 3rd $500,000, 4th $300,000, 5th $200,000, 6th $150,000, 7th $150,000, 8th $150,000, 9th $150,000, 10th $150,000, 11th $150,000, 12th $150,000
Prize money contribution totalling 2% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution GROUP 1
Handicap, Minimum Weight 49kg, Apprentices cannot claim.
Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf Track Condition: Good 4
Field Limit: 24
Top Six: Avilius, Yucatan, Best Solution, Finche, Runaway, Rostropovich
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier WeightPenalty
1 x3195x1111 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6 57.5kg
Caulfield Cup winner with top weight. Last start winners have an excellent record. Strong record overseas, deserves the top weight and is probably lightly weighted for his race record. Possibility.
2 x512433x43 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9 56.5kg
Third in Caulfield Cup last start. A good run. O’Brien has an unsuccessful record of using pacemakers in this race, so tactics will depend on whether he continues to do this. Hasn’t won for a while, and they’ve put a lugging bit on him for the first time. Gear change is a concern. Not for me.
3 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) Ian Williams Corey Brown 17 56kg
Last start winner in Europe in lower company. Very hard to win without racing in Australia first.
4 5x211250x0 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 4 55.5kg
Jarred up in the Caulfield Cup. Will do better on softer ground if it rains today, but his form isn’t great.
5 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) John Gosden Jim Crowley 13 55.5kg
Bred for the wet. Last start winner in Europe in a traditionally good form race. Would rather see him run here first.
6 144x1132x0 SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg
No good in the Caulfield Cup. Ok form in Europe prior.
7 x6731x7694 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Ben Melham 18 55.5kg
The people’s horse. This wonderful sound old gelding has been knocking around Australia for ages. As a 10yo, it’s hard to see him winning. Place chance.
8 5462×02410 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 22 55kg 110
Attempting to win the VRC Derby/Melbourne Cup double, only ever achieved by Phar Lap and Efficient (2006). Ran poorly last start.
9 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 10 55kg
Another European trying to win the Cup without having a run here first. Ran 9th last year and will do about the same again.
10 3326×11114 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 54.5kg 1.5kg
Same lead up as Green Moon and Efficient (same owner). Excellent fourth behind Winx in the Cox Plate, and in winning form before that. One of the best chances.
11 2x436013x1 YUCATAN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 23 54.5kg 2.5kg
This is the horse O’Brien wants to win. That’s why he has two other runners – to set up the tactics for this one. Yucatan is beautifully bred being by champion sire Galileo from Breeders Cup mile winner Six Perfections. He has mixed European form and won very impressively in his first Australian start. Deserved favourite.
12 56164×5266 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 1 54kg
Can stay. Won’t mind the wet if it rains. Mixed form. Meh.
13 13x655x1x3 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Zac Purton 15 54kg
Okay form in France. Third in the Geelong Cup in his first Aussie run should be good form with the strong pace set in that race. A place chance.
14 x5x0x08030 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Darren Weir Damien Oliver 5 54kg
Mixes his form. Hard to like.
15 21x05x4059 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 2 54kg
Not in good enough form.
16 7829×79401 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 7 54kg
Last start winner but form behind that is mixed. Maybe.
17 2188632×31 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 20 53kg
Last start winner. Going okay in lower grades. Place chance.
18 1x5x005770 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 3 53kg
Out of form. No.
19 4513×01473 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 14 53kg
Consistent in lower grades. Should be in the top six.
20 58402×0080 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 24 53kg
As much as it would be cool for Zabeel to get another Cup winner, Zacada isn’t going well enough at the moment.
21 231130×341 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 12 52kg 1.5kg
Light weight chance who won the Geelong Cup last start. A grinding tough staying type who should lead and will stick on. Good chance.
22 11113×6327 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 51.5kg
Similar path to Ethereal, but not quite showing as much as you’d like. Maybe with the light weight, depending on tactics.
23 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg
One of the two European three-year-olds (4YO to southern hemisphere time). Hasn’t been seen here yet, which is a negative, but has strong form back in Europe. A light weight chance depending on how well he’s travelled here.
24 3×41922515 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 21 51kg
An interesting one. Fifth in Cox Plate behind Winx is solid form, and was a winner in Europe before that. The last three-year-old to place was Nothin’ Leica Dane (who was a spring 3YO, this guy is nearly 4YO). Place chance depending on stable tactics. I expect Cliffs of Moher will lead with a strong pace so Rostropovich and Yucatan can run on from mid-field.