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Melbourne Cup Tips: 3 predictions for the 2016 Melbourne Cup

  • Three possible winners of the Melbourne Cup
Jameka

The Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will run at Flemington Racecourse on November 1, but who will win Australia’s most famous race?

Hartnell and Jameka are dominating the build up the $6.2 million showpiece, but are the two leading contenders a good thing or will there be another big priced winner to following Prince Of Penzance following his 100/1 upset in 2015.

We take a look at three possible winners of the 2016 Melbourne Cup:

JAMEKA

Trainer Ciaron Maher has got this mare in top form and her Caulfield Cup win was very authoritative. She’ll have to set a weight carrying record for a four-year-old mare, but with 53.5kg in the Cup, she will be very competitive. On breeding, you wouldn’t think the daughter of Myboycharlie would be suited over two miles but I had the same concerns when she won the Crown Oaks as a three-year-old and she certainly proved me wrong. She’ll make her own luck from up near the speed, and considering she overraced in the Caulfield Cup and still won by a space, she can get the trip and join some greats of the turf by claiming the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double.

WICKLOW BRAVE

The Willie Mullins-prepared galloper comes to Australia with brilliant form having defeated Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger (2800m). He led all the way on that occasion and jockey Frankie Dettori will no doubt try and employ similar tactics in the Cup. Mullins finished 4th with Simenon in the 2013 Melbourne Cup and had to settle for the runner-up prize in 2015 with Max Dynamite – he knows what sort of horse to send Down Under and this one comes in career best form.

ALMOONQITH

The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Almoonqith put in a real eye-catching run to finish 4th in the Caulfield Cup and has a real sense of timing about him. The six-year-old son of Dynaformer won the Geelong Cup in 2015 and was never suited by a slow tempo when finishing seven lengths from Prince Of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup. He followed that run with a dominant victory in the Sandown Cup (3200m) where they ran two seconds quicker than the Melbourne Cup. The stable are in great form and will have him peaking on the day to run a massive race.


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Melbourne Cup Tips: 3 predictions for the 2016 Melbourne Cup

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