Starter Mr. Rex Kelly’s Melbourne Cup Tips


Starter Mr. Rex Kelly is an institution in Northern Rivers Racing and has become a cult hero on ‘racing twitter’ for his no-nonsense manner on the starters platform.

We have been very lucky to get in contact with the great man and he has shared with us his 2019 Melbourne Cup tips!

Winner – Constantinople

Starter Mr. Rex Kelly was very impressed with what he saw from Constantinople and he believes that the Lindsay Park-trained import is clearly the horse to beat in the 2019 Melbourne. He is adamant that Constantiople would have beaten Mer De Glace in the Caulfield Cup with even luck in running and he is confident that the lightweight chance can turn the tables on his rival in ‘the race that stops a nation’.

2nd – Mer De Glace

The Caulfield Cup hasn’t proven to be the strongest form reference for the Melbourne Cup in recent years, but Starter Mr. Rex Kelly believes that will change in 2019. Mer De Glace just keeps on winning and he believes that there is no reason that the Japanese can’t claim yet another feature race in Australia.

3rd – Finche

Starter Mr. Rex Kelly believes that Finche was the big winner of the Melbourne Cup barrier draw and he is confident that the Turnbull Stakes runner-up will be in the Melbourne Cup mix. The return to Flemington looks ideal for Finche, as does the step-up to 3200 metres, and he is well-placed to improve on his third place finish in 2019.

4th – Downdraft

Downdraft secured his place in the 2019 Melbourne Cup field with a dominant win in the Lexus Hotham Stakes at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day and he impressed starter Mr. Rex Kelly in the process. It is rare that the Lexus Hotham Stakes winner fails to fire in the Melbourne Cup and Starter Mr. Rex Kelly believes that the Joseph O’Brien-trained galloper is the value runner in this year’s field.

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