Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

If the whole country seems to be coming to a halt, if it’s the first Tuesday in the month of November, then it all makes sense. It’s Melbourne Cup day! This amazing race, run over 3200m, is undoubtedly one of our country’s major thoroughbred races. Indeed, it has also frequently been described as ‘the world’s richest two-mile handicap’. It draws interest, and entries, from Europe and beyond – although horses from there who don’t take advantage of any of the races leading up to the event don’t tend to perform in a stellar way during the Cup itself. That’s a shame for them, with more than six million dollars up for grabs!

The venue is the iconic course at Flemington, and it is organised by the Victorian Racing Club. The Melbourne Cup field comprises of horses that are three years or older. From a starting point of 3-400 potential entries, only a final 24 will gather at the start. There is an automatic entry granted to the previous year’s winner, and also for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate winners earlier in the autumn. The remainder in with a chance of being remembered among great Melbourne Cup results come through an extensive balloting process. This considers a range of key factors, including the prize money a horse has earned in the previous two years, plus any wins or places in some key lead-up races. Consideration is also given to the handicap weight allotted to each potential entry.

If you were tasked with trying to offer Melbourne Cup tips or odds, you’d be likely to carefully examine spring carnival form, including the two key events already mentioned. As a committed punter, you might well look at the list of runners and riders and do the same. For more casual gamblers, you might have your own technique, from a gut feeling to picking the brains of others!

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Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper field is gathered together to contest the richest race for the 2-year-old age group anywhere. This iconic Australian event has its home in the west of Sydney at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Raced, very quickly, over 1200m, it has a prize pot of around $3.5m. Todman was the first winner in 1957; sixty years later it was the turn of She Will Reign.

This is a race where it is really the case that the winner can have almost any racing back story. However, recently horses which have competed in either the Magic Night or Pago Pago Stakes have found success. It’s historically the case that a winner in the Golden Slipper field has come from the lead-up events the Group 2 Reisling and Todman Stakes. All four of these race winners join three others, victorious at the Silver Slipper, Sweet Embrace and Skyline Stakes in gaining automatic entry into the race. This leads to hugely contested racing even before the Slipper itself!

The Golden Slipper tips, and then results, will be found from a race day maximum number of sixteen entries. The non-automatic places are awarded to horses which have gained the most prize money up to that point. So, a truly competitive field, and online bookmakers will work hard to offer a range of attractive Golden Slipper odds and bets. As you look through those runners and riders, you might trust your gut, or look for expert advice.

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Cox Plate

One of our country’s finest horse races, the Cox Plate is approaching its century. Further back than that, W S Cox created Moonee Valley Racecourse, where this race takes place, and the event was named in his honour. The Cox Plate field contests what is a Group 1 2040m Thoroughbred race, and it is held on a late October Saturday. The pot is over $3 million, which earns it a place at number four in all our race prize funds. It’s generally accepted to be Australia’s Weight For Age Championship, and as you hear the thunder of hooves crossing the Tasman, you’ll know it’s a race of choice for many from New Zealand. In the early 1950s, Rising Fast won it three times, and also the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in one unforgettable season.

The Cox Plate results will reveal just 14 runners, and there are also four emergencies. This field is brought down from a couple of hundred or so starting entries, showing why it features such a strong field. This means you might even call it an equal opportunities race, particularly when you appreciate Moonee Valley’s tight turns. Make a poor start, find yourself at the back position, and it’s not good news, even with another 2K or so still to travel.

Setting Cox Plate odds, or offering tips, will tax the minds of our leading experts and top online bookmakers. The lead-up races will be forensically scrutinised, both by these experts and dedicated gamblers. Runners will be assessed and chosen, or not, for a range of factors, from a gut feeling to track history. And that’s what this race often makes.

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Caulfield Cup

If you were looking to attend Australia’s top racing occasions, then the Caulfield Cup would be really high on your list. It features a class field for every running, which isn’t surprising considering that it has its place as one of the world’s richest handicaps. $3m in prize money will get the attention of owners everywhere. The Caulfield Cup field assembles every October to contest 2400 metres, and each participating horse will be three years old or more. The venue is the course of the same name, although many locals refer to it affectionately as ‘The Heath’. This race is the centrepiece of the final day of the terrifically popular Caulfield Cup Carnival.

The Caulfield Cup results are of great interest to both punters and experts, as it’s an early race in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The winner earns a direct path into the show-stopping Melbourne Cup and many owners, keen on that idea, will look for their horses to take part in the Caulfield.

Entry, though, is restricted to eighteen runners, and there are also four emergencies. A ballot is held to reach that number. Each entrant is given a weight handicap, and this is assessed by considering their recent victories earned and prize money accrued. This should deliver the level playing field which allows lesser performed horses to have an opportunity to star.

Expert advice can help you through the Caulfield Cup field, and gut feeling might point you in a certain direction. One thing is for sure - the race itself will be hugely competitive.

Caulfield Cup News