Melbourne Cup 2020 Runners

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Surprise Baby

Weight: 54.5kg/Age: 6yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Paul Preusker
Despite only managing second place in the Group II Feehan Stakes recently, Surprise Baby remains one of the Melbourne cup favourites. In fairness, the race at Moonee Valley was a mere warm-up for last year’s fifth-place finisher. Drawn way out in the 20 barrier a year ago, a better position this time may give this six-year-old a serious chance. Paul Preusker’s gelding has a tremendous record overall and remains one of the leading Melbourne Cup horses for 2020.
Surprise Baby TBA
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Russian Camelot

Weight: 53.5kg/Age: 3yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Danny O’Brien
As far as finding progressive Melbourne Cup runners goes, you’d struggle to get better than Russian Camelot. Only a three-year-old, this colt has won 3 of his six races and was a fine second in Group I company last time. He’s a son of Camelot, a horse who came very close to winning the English Triple Crown too. Danny O’Brien’s runner looks almost certain to improve for this jump up to 3200 metres and is high on the list. Right in the top few of our Melbourne Cup horses.
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Weight 53.5kg/Age: 3yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
A very interesting runner from the Irish yard of Aidan O’Brien should he be allowed to take his chance. Slower than some from Tipperary to come to hand, Santiago reached a new level this year as a three-year-old. A winner at Royal Ascot, he won the Irish Derby only a week later. Since then, he’s run third to the brilliant Stradivarius and fourth in St Leger. The race distance should be fine, his form is superb and it ranks as one of the top potential Melbourne Cup favourites.
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Anthony Van Dyck

Weight: 59kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
The Melbourne Cup has a history of horses running in the race a number of times and being placed more than once. On that basis Finche must have a good chance of making the payout places in the Melbourne Cup 2019. The horse finished less than five lengths off the pace when fourth behind Cross Master last year. Finche has a swing in the weights with the 2018 winner and that brings the horse right into the mix. The runner has performed with credit over the course and distance and could finish nearer the winner this time.
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Weight: 53kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Andreas Wohler
It would be great to have a German contender in the Melbourne Cup. It could be prevalent that as a three-year-old Ashrun peaked in early November. Last year he was running third in a German Group I, and it could be that he appreciates the conditions at Flemington all the more. His form remains solid in Europe and he is just about guaranteed to stay the full distance.
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Nickajack Cave

Weight: 53.5kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Ger Lyons
The Irish have done particularly well with their Melbourne Cup horses in the past. In the case of Ger Lyons’ Nickajack Cave, they have another live contender for 2020. Gaining in experience and ability all the time, the 4yo has won four of his 10 starts. Successful the last twice, he is now a Listed and Group III winner at home and would come here with a big chance.
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Verry Elleegant

Weight: 55kg/Age: 5yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Chris Waller
This five-year-old mare is one of the home team’s major shouts. A winner of more than $3million in prize money, she’s now 21:9-5-1 in her career. Chris Waller’s star has also been hugely consistent over the past year. Second to English raider Addeybb in the Ranvet, she went on to win the Group I Tancred Stakes easily. Second to Addeybb once more in the Queen Elizabeth, she took down the Winx Stakes in August and is hard for many to oppose if getting a good barrier draw.
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Weight: 54.5kg/Age: 6yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Chris Waller
Finche carries the famous Khalid Abdullah colours and was formerly trained in Europe by Andre Fabre. Since moving to Chris Waller he’s done well, his crucial piece of form being last year’s Melbourne Cup. Twelve months ago, he was a close seventh in the race under Kerrin McAvoy and there is no reason why he can’t go close once more. One of the potential live Melbourne Cup horses.
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Master Of Wine

Weight: 53.5kg/Age: 6yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
Although very often placed and remaining consistent, a few key Melbourne Cup runners may have the measure of this son of Maxios. Master Of Wine has been behind Verry Elleegant on a couple of occasions. He was also two places and nearly two lengths behind Russian Camelot in the Diva Stakes. He’s a solid enough horse mind you and looks ready for this challenge now.
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Dashing Willoughby

Weight: 54.5kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: TBC/Trainer: Andrew Balding
A Royal Ascot winner as a three-year-old, Dashing Willoughby is only just about to peak. Andrew Balding’s colt won the Group III Henry II Stakes this season, a superb run. He was also just 2½ lengths behind the excellent Enbihaar giving away weight at York. Andrew Balding is an excellent trainer and probably has the standout runner among the British Melbourne Cup horses.
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Which horses are running in the Melbourne Cup 2020?

The Melbourne Cup 2020 is run over 3200 metres at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on Tuesday, November 3rd at 3 pm local time. There should be a full field of 24 runners and the barrier draw has been announced. Here is a form analysis of five leading contenders for the race that stops a nation.


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You should have in mind that the odds can change before the race in the months, weeks, and even days leading up to it. This is why you need to make sure to check them regularly in order to make an informed decision when you want to place your bet.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Favourites – 3 Horses to Watch

With a full field set for November 3, a ‘shortlist’ of possible winners here really is a longlist! That said, certain horses often stick out at the top of the market.

This year, Surprise Baby, Russian Camelot and Santiago really do stand out among the array of potential Melbourne Cup horses. Given their form heading into the Melbourne Cup, as well as their potential, they each have an outstanding chance.

Beginning with Paul Preusker’s charge, here’s a closer look at three of the top shouts among the engaged Melbourne Cup runners for 2020:

Surprise Baby (NZ)

  • Age: 6
  • Jockey: TBC
  • Weight: 54.5kg
  • Trainer: Paul Preusker

Surprise Baby’s relatively short odds are based on his finishing position in last year’s Melbourne Cup. Fifth that time, the then-5yo was only ¾ of a length behind the winner and all from barrier 20.

The key point about that run is that the first three were all ridden close to the pace. Vow And Declare, Master Of Reality and Prince Of Arran were all handy that day.

Should Surprise Baby get a better draw, he can be up in the vanguard and that makes him so dangerous.

Russian Camelot (IRE)

  • Age: 3
  • Jockey: TBC
  • Weight: 53.5kg
  • Trainer: Danny O’Brien

The real improver in the field and one who with a good draw will attract plenty of money. Top Melbourne Cup horses should always be getting better and this one is a prime example.

Only a three-year-old, Russian Camelot was just fourth in a handicap as recently as March. Since then though, he’s won the South Australian Derby and in great style too.

More recently the son of Camelot was in among other potential Melbourne Cup runners in the Diva Stakes. Second that day, beaten just a head, he was the moral winner for many given his age – the only three-year-old in the field.

His sire won The Derby in England and stayed further, so the race distance in these conditions shouldn’t be a worry either. One last crucial piece of info; trainer Danny O’Brien won this race last year and so knows what Melbourne Cup horses are all about.

Santiago (IRE)

  • Age: 3
  • Jockey: TBC
  • Weight: 53.5kg
  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

If Russian Camelot can be considered one of the Melbourne Cup favourites at three years old, then certainly so can Santiago. The tough Irish-trained colt from the Coolmore operation has some great European form this year.

Considering his Irish Derby win came a week after winning over a distance at Ascot, it can be marked up. It meant he was a Group I winner, though he was just outclassed by Stradivarius and Nayef Road in the Goodwood Cup.

He has since run fourth in the St Leger, England’s final Classic, and would arrive here as one of the key Melbourne Cup runners for a family who have done so well in the race of late.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Runners

It is always useful to know the favourites when it comes to horse racing, but the Melbourne Cup history has also taught us that they usually do not fare rather well. In the past ten years, only one favourite has managed to win – Fiorente in 2013, and only one horse has managed to take three wins in a row – Makybe Diva in 2002, 2003, and 2004.   

On the other hand, there is Prince of Penzance, who was an outsider and definitely not one of the Melbourne Cup favourites. He started the race at 100/1 in 2015, managed to win and become known as one of the legendary Melbourne Cup horses. This is why we have compiled a list of ten more Melbourne Cup runners to look out for in 2020.

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