The 2015 Melbourne Cup is now less than 24 hours away and we have spent the last two days engulfing the form guide for ‘the race that stops a nation’.
The Melbourne Cup is always an extremely difficult race and the increased presence of international runners in recent years had only added to the task of backing a winner, but I remain confident that we can get something out of the 2015 edition of the race.
2015 Melbourne Cup Win Bet
#10 Trip To Paris @ $8
Fame Game has been all the rage with punters coming out of the 2015 Caulfield Cup, but there is an argument to be made that it was Trip To Paris that produced the best Melbourne Cup lead-up in the Group 1 event.
Trip To Paris was expected to be too dour for the 2015 Caulfield Cup, but he still found the line extremely strongly and his win in the Ascot Gold Cup earlier this year shows that he will relish the step-up to 3200 metres.
The Caulfield Cup runner-up should be able to find cover when he jumps from barrier 14 and if he is able to find clear running at the right time than there is no doubt he will be right in the finish.
2015 Melbourne Cup Quinella
#10 Trip To Paris and #3 Fame Game
There is very little value available in Fame Game’s current 2015 Melbourne Cup odds, but he is clearly the horse to beat and he simply must be included in all exotic bets.
Nobody missed his run in the Caulfield Cup, but there was no denying that it was an ideal trial for the Melbourne Cup and before that he absolutely savaged the line when second behind Gold Ship in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) in Japan.
There is no question that he will eat up the 3200 metres of the Melbourne Cup, Flemington will suit and he is sure to be flying home late.
2015 Melbourne Cup Trifecta
#10 Trip To Paris, #3 Fame Game and #2 Criterion
Criterion is the big x-factor in the 2015 Melbourne Cup field and if the Australian Derby winner is able to run out a strong 3200 metres than he will be right in the finish.
David Hayes has given Criterion a very unique preparation for the Melbourne Cup, which included spending the summer in England, and he has not had a proper stint in the spelling paddock for well over year, but he brings the strongest form lines into the Melbourne Cup after winning the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes and finishing a gallant second behind Winx in the Cox Plate.
He will look like the winner at some stage in the final stages of the Cox Plate and he is another that must be included in all exotics.
2015 Melbourne Cup First Four
#10 Trip To Paris, #3 Fame Game, #2 Criterion and #11 Who Shot Thebarman
Who Shot Thebarman finished a tough third in the Melbourne Cup last year and trainer Chris Waller is adamant that the Kiwi stayer is a much stronger horse in 2014.
He is yet to finish in the placings in four race starts this preparation, but he was one of the fastest closers in the Caulfield Cup and he is much better suited by the two miles of the Melbourne Cup as well as the long Flemington straight.
Who Shot Thebarman is the perfect horse for the Melbourne Cup and he is the best roughie in the race at his current price.
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