|Saturday 26th October 2019|
Constantinople Favoured in the 2019 Melbourne Cup
Australia’s ‘Great Race’ will take place on Monday.
You can find odds on the event at racebooks and online sportsbooks around the globe, but to make sure you compare and get the best bonuses, check this Sportsbetting.AG review before diving in.
The Melbourne Cup is always held on the first Tuesday in November. For those in the United States this 11 PM EST on Monday, November 4th, and those in the UK an early bird, 4 AM Tuesday morning. The cup is held at the Flemington Racecourse in Flemington (Melbourne, Victoria) Australia next to the Maribyrnong River.
It’s a left-handed, flat turf (grass) race for three-year-olds. Locals call it ‘the race that stops a nation.’ So, this is Australia’s greatest race and is one of the richest races of the year; and the richest two-mile in the world. The 2018 purse was A$7,300,000.00 and this year’s event is scheduled to pay out A$8,000,000.00, not to mention the trophies alone are valued at over $250,000!
Cash is awarded to the first 12 horses to finish. The winning horse takes the lion’s share at 4,400,000.00, second-place will snatch up a cool 1,100,000.00, and third will receive 550,00.00. The prize lowers progressively until 12th place, who still gets a worthwhile, $160,000.00.
The field will consist of the 24 top horses from the 300-plus that are nominated.
Here is the likely field and their riders as per punters.com.au:
1 MER DE GLACE (JPN) H 5 Hisashi Shimizu 56kg 1.0kg Penalty
2 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker 53.5kg 1.0kg Penalty
3 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman 52.5kg
4 CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 57.5kg
5 MARMELO (GB) H 7 Hughie Morrison 56kg
6 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 55.5kg
7 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 55.5kg
8 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 52.5kg
9 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 5 Joseph O'Brien 55.5kg
10 IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Aidan O'Brien 52.5kg
11 LATROBE (IRE) H 5 Joseph O'Brien 55kg
12 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 53.5kg
13 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 55kg
14 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 55kg
15 ISPOLINI (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 55kg
16 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 52kg
17 MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 Aidan O'Brien 53.5kg
18 HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O'Brien 55kg
19 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 7 Joseph O'Brien 55kg
20 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 7 Charlie Fellowes 54kg 1kg Penalty
21 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 54kg
22 RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon 54kg
23 SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 53.5kg
24 VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O'Brien 52kg
Constantinople leads the pack at 7.00 to win and 2.50 to place. The 4-year-old horse is followed by Surprise Baby, a 5-year-old gelding at 9.00 to win and 3.00 to place. Mere de Glace comes in at 10.00 to win and 3.25 to place, while Cross Counter, another 5-year-old gelding is 11.00 to win and 3.50 to place.
Marmelo and Vow and Declare are both sitting at 15.00 to win and 4.50 to place then a handful of the field including Ispolini, Master of Reality and Il Paradiso all have lines of 18.00/5.25.
The top five horses are so close that filling out those perfectas and trifectas is going to be difficult.
So, we better fill out a few!