MELBOURNE CUP PROSPECTS

ALMADIN (Germany)

Won Bart Cummings Stakes last time out but will find this a much tougher assignment

ALMOONQITH

Sandown Cup winner 2015. Has struggled to recapture best form this season

ASSIGN

Winner of the Herbert Power Handicap last time out and ridden by the only lady rider in the race (Katelyn Mallyon) Is at long odds

BIG ORANGE

Top weight. Winner of the Goodwood Cup in  July at his last start but tough ask to carry top weight and to win in his first race for more than three months.

BONDI BEACH

trained by the astute Aiden O’ Brien. Consistent galloper who has as much chance as most.

BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE

Godolphin runner who has won three from six. Has won up to 2200 metres and up to Group 3. Seems to struggle against the top graded horses.

CURREN MIRONIC

Japanese runner with only one win and does not look to be up to this kind of class. Will be attempting to be the first 9 year old to win the race. Has not won for three years though

EXCESS KNOWLEDGE

Struggling to recapture best form and looks a remote chance on that

EXOSPHERIC

Third in the Caulfield Cup gives his a reasonable chance in this. 5th at Group one level at York in England two starts back. Has to be a chance here.

GALLANTE

Former French galloper who won the Sydney Cup in autumn. Another who will add interest to the Cups discussion.

GRAND MARSHALL

Moonee Valley Cup winner. He can stay as he showed in the 2015 Sydney Cup when beating Who Shot The Barman. (Hartnell was unplaced) Runners chance

HARTNELL

Brilliant form this season but well beaten by Winx in Cox Plate.  Has a kind of form line I wouldn’t like to see in a Melbourne Cup. Unplaced in last year’s race.

HEART BREAK CITY

Won Ebor Handicap at York in August by 4 lengths. Interesting runner.

(OUR) IVANHOWE (Germany)

Former German galloper who came over to Australia in January 2015. Now trained by Lee and Anthony Freeman. Placed in last year’s Caulfield Cup. Struggling to recapture that kind of form

JAMEKA

Victorian Oaks winner of last season impressive when winning the Caulfield cup and has to be a leading chance in the Melbourne Cup

OCEANGRAPHER

Third in the Geelong Cup then impressive in the Lexius Stakes on Saturday makes him one of the leading chances. First start at Group one level though

PENTHATLON

Kiwi horse, struggling to recapture form of last season and will be at long odds

QEWY

English trained galloper who stays all day. Has form up to 4000 metres. Winner of the Geelong Cup makes him one of the main chances

ROSE OF VIRGINIA

Former New Zealand galloper who has absolutely no chance in this

SECRET NUMBER

Sparingly raced by the Godolphin team. Second at Flemington a year ago. Last raced at Ayr in Scotland in the Doonside Cup. Likely to struggle here.

SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD

Metropolitan Hcp winner. Consistent but may struggle with the 2 miles.

WHO SHOT THE BARMAN (NZ)

Good stayer. Never got the best of runs in the 2015 Cup. Won the Zipping Classic at Sandown very easily 14 November 2015. Second in the Moonee Valley Cup gives him a leading chance.

WICKLOW BRAVE

Willie Mullins trained horse who combines hurdling with flat racing. Won at Group one last time out at The Curragh in Ireland 11 September but there were just four runners in the race. Interesting runner.

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