When we started 2020 no-one would have predicted a Melbourne Cup with no spectators, a year like no other. For many of us the Melbourne Cup is a chance to come together and celebrate with our friends, family and colleagues. Whether it be for the entire day, a few hours or a few minutes take the opportunity to remember we live in a great nation and the only place where a horse race literally stops the nation.
For those serious or not so serious punters I Brad Ryan, your resident tipster, need to warn you that so far in the Carnival my tips have been a bit hit and miss, let’s hope I can steer you all in the right direction.
If we remember back in history to 1930 the great Phar Lap, an adopted Australian, won the Melbourne Cup. I suspect we will be adopting two Kiwis tomorrow after this year’s Cup the great trainer Chris Waller and his mighty mare Verry Elleegant (yes, we all know Kiwis cannot spell properly!!!!). Quite simply her form is outstanding 4 Group One victories in her past 6 starts including the Caulfield Cup, Turnbull Stakes and Tancred Stakes all true staying tests and she has not been harshly treated by the handicapper with 55.5kgs.
In terms of the horses that will fill the placings behind her Russian Camelot has had a solid preparation for the Cup. I expect Damien Oliver to ride the horse more patiently and having only his 10th race start his ability will take him a long way into the race. Last year’s runners Prince of Arran (2nd) and Surprise Baby (5th) both had hard luck stories and I expect they will be strong at the finish again this year.
Whilst I respect the European raiders for Tiger Moth to win the Melbourne Cup at only his 5th start it would be an amazing training feat, but I think it is just too big a task.
My final selections in order of preference:
- Verry Elleegant
- Russian Camelot
- Surprise Baby
- Prince of Arran
Good luck with your investments and enjoy the day.