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Melbourne Cup Form Guide

melbourne-cup-form-guideThe Melbourne Cup 2013 form guide will be released as soon as the capacity 24-stayer Melbourne Cup field is announced on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 2, 2013.
The Melbourne Cup form guide provides a detailed breakdown of the field.

Info you will find in the 2013 Melbourne Cup form guide includes

  •     Melbourne Cup Barriers – what horses will jump from what gates
  •     Melbourne Cup Saddlecloth Numbers – the saddlecloth number each horse will wear
  •     Melbourne Cup Jockeys – the jockeys that will ride each contender
  •     Melbourne Cup Trainers – which trainer is behind the horse you are backing
  •     Melbourne Cup Weights – the handicap weight allocated to all the hopefuls

Lead up form to the 2013 Melbourne Cup

There are a few races which have been significant pointers to success in the Cup. The Mackinnon Stakes & Lexus Stakes, which are run at Flemington on the Saturday before the Cup are, for many, the last chance to secure a place in the Melbourne Cup final field.

While not as popular today as it has been in the past to run Melbourne Cup horses on this day, any horse that does race on the Saturday before the Cup, regardless of where it finishes, must be taken into account when studying the form.

Half the last 40 Cup winners had their lead up start in the Mackinnon and 2009 winner Shocking won the previous Saturday’s Lexus Stakes. The Geelong Cup is becoming a significant lead-up race as well, with the 2010 winner Americain starting there for an easy win before cruising home in the big one and Dunaden following the same course in 2011.

The other significant lead up race for the Melbourne Cup is the Caulfield Cup. A prestigious race in it’s own right, in the last 40 years around 60% of Cup winners also started at Caulfield. It’s considered a lead up race (with a handy $2.5mill. in the prize pool) for runners headed to the Melbourne Cup so they’re only expected to run well, although 11 horses have run the double in the same year with the last being Ethereal in 2001.

Other important form races to look at when reading the Melbourne Cup form guide are the Herbert Power Stakes, Moonee Valley Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Lexus Stakes, Sydney Cup, Adelaide Cup & Brisbane Cup. Happy punting in the 2013 Melbourne Cup!

Australian Trainers

Bart CummingsWhen it comes to the best of the Australian trainers, it is a rare Melbourne Cup that doesn’t include at least one horse trained by the master J B Cummings. Now in his eighties, Bart is the Cup King and looking for his bakers dozen of Melbourne Cups.

Horses trained by Robert Hickmott should also be watched, his boss Lloyd Williams always nominates plenty of runners at the beginning of the season and winning the Melbourne Cup appears to be his main motivation for living.

Other trainers to watch include Mark Kavanagh who won with Shocking in 2009. In the last couple of years his runners have shown promise early in the season but struggled when we got to the pointy end of proceedings (which could be why he’s often seen around the track with a face like a slapped arse). Our first lady of racing is Gai Waterhouse, although her horses tend to perform better in Sydney earlier in the Spring. One of the best things about this race is that any trainer with a horse that qualifies has a shot at equine immortality, from the most cashed-up horse training corporation to a battler from the bush.

Interesting Facts and Stats

Of the 151 winners of the Melbourne Cup to date there have been 38 4yo Males, 40 5yo males and 27 6yo males, 13 mares aged between 7 and 4, 3 fillies and 10 male horses aged over 7. The last top weight to win also carried the highest weight carried to victory by a mare – 58kgs. That horse was Makybe Diva in 2005, and yes, she was a freak.