Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

Each year, on the first Tuesday in November – well you know what happens next. Melbourne Cup day has its own unchanging place, alongside AFL and NRL Finals Days, the Boxing Day Test or the Australian Open tennis final, as those sporting events are etched into the hearts and minds of so many of our population.

The Melbourne Cup field, assembled from our own, and other countries, thunders over 3200m to decide who has earned a title of ‘the world’s richest two-mile handicap’. By the way, as you consider Melbourne Cup tips, odds, and even past results, it’s worth noting that European entries that don’t take part in any lead-up races, often don’t seem ready to be their best on the great day itself. Strange planning considering there is $6.2 million in the prize pot!

Australia stops, and turns its attention to Flemington, where the event is run by the Victorian Racing Club. Each Melbourne Cup field features two dozen horses that are three years or older. This is balloted down drastically from a starting point of up to 400 provisional entries. Entry into the race is offered to the previous year’s winner, and to the horses victorious in either the Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate which shortly proceed the Melbourne Cup itself. The ballot process will take into account all prize money any horse has picked up in the past couple of years, together with wins or places in those lead-up races. The handicap weight allotted is also factored into the equation.

As you inspect the riders, and take on board expert advice, you might be a regular punter. Equally, many people make this their only bet of the year and might have their own reasons for any selection. This is all good, it is the Melbourne Cup after all!

Melbourne Cup News

Golden Slipper

Which is the world’s richest race for two year old horses? A clue – it takes place in Australia, in the west of Sydney at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The most recent winner was She Will Reign, the most distant from 1957 was Todman.

You’ve probably worked out that it’s The Golden Slipper, where a field is raced over just 1200m to compete for that world-leading prize fund of $3.5m. If you are looking at Golden Slipper results, odds or tips, here are a couple of pointers. Recently, horses competing in either the Magic Night Stakes or the Pago Pago Stakes, have earned success. In the past a Golden Slipper winner has been found from lead-up events such as the Group 2 Reisling Stakes and the Todman Stakes. Winners of these four, plus victorious horses from three more races (the Silver Slipper, Sweet Embrace and Skyline Stakes) all gain direct race entry. There is so much highly contested racing even before we find the final Golden Slipper field!

This field features just 16 entries. The remainder of the places are allocated to horses that have earned the most prize money in their short careers. The result is a truly competitive, and perhaps wide open, field. If you are a studier of form, you’ll find expert help invaluable. If you are a seeker of Golden Slipper bets or odds, you’ll find plenty to choose from. When your bets are in place, enjoy the race – as much as you can!

Golden Slipper News

Cox Plate

For just five years short of a century, Moonee Valley racegoers have gathered, one Saturday in late October, to enjoy one of our iconic horse races – the Cox Plate. It’s named after the man who first had the vision for this course, and to almost quote a film line ‘he did build it and they did come’.

The Cox Plate field is brought together to take part in a Group 1 Thoroughbred race, raced over 2040m, and with a prize fund of an amazing $3 million, meaning it is fourth on the list of all our race prize pots. You might often hear it referred to as Australia’s Weight For Age Championship. You’ll also notice that, over the years, it has been a destination of choice for so many top New Zealand owners and trainers.

When you look at Cox Plate results you’ll see there were just 14 runners, with a further four emergencies also having been chosen. Initially, around two hundred horses will be put forward to be part of it, so there is a stringent balloting process needed.

When you watch a Cox Plate race, you’re likely to notice the Moonee Valley course’s tight turns. Horses that make a poor start, or find themselves at the back of the field, know the remaining 2K or so is going to be an uphill battle.

This is why the setting of Cox Plate odds, or even offering tips, will fully get the attention of our many equine experts. You might also be a form-studier, or a gut-guesser, or rely on mates to give you a steer. Whichever, this is a race to be enjoyed.

Cox Plate News

Caulfield Cup

What has the Caulfield Cup going for it? Well plenty. Let’s start with a prize pot of a cool three million dollars, which means it’s one of the world’s richest handicap races. This leads to a high class field for every running, giving you plenty of opportunity to respond to Caulfield Cup tips or odds offered, as the bookmaking fraternity compete for your attention.

A few more important details. It’s raced each October over a taxing 2400 metres, and each horse gathered at the start will be at least three years old. The location is Caulfield racecourse, affectionately dubbed ‘The Heath’ by many racegoers and local residents. The race itself provides a centrepiece to the final day of their highly popular Caulfield Cup Carnival.

Caulfield Cup results are always of much interest to punters and experts alike. It takes place early in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and the winner gains a direct entry into Melbourne Cup. This focuses the attention of many top owners, connections and trainers. You’ll often find many later Melbourne Cup participants here at Caulfield.

The actual race entry is restricted to 18, plus a quartet of emergencies. A ballot is needed to finally reach that number. Every horse is given a weight handicap, the result of a detailed assessment of any recent victories and prize money gained. This should provide a level playing field for the race, one which does allow lesser performed entrants an opportunity to make their mark.

If you check the expert advice, study form, or simply have a feeling that you know which horse will win, you’ll find a range of Caulfield Cup odds and bets available to you.

Caulfield Cup News