Melbourne Cup 2020 Favourites At A Glance

Last Updated 25 Mar 2023 | Commercial content | 18+

Everybody has their favourite horse. No matter what anybody else says, you stick to your guns, and you place the bet.

The Melbourne Cup doesn’t only stop a nation every year; it’s one of horse racing’s most significant betting events worldwide. You’ll find Melbourne Cup betting tips and secrets with a quick click of the finger on multiple websites and betting sites.

It’s still crucial that you find and read as many news reports and insider blogs as possible before making your final decision when deciding which horse to put all your money on. After all, there’s no money-back guarantee for getting it wrong, which is all part of the excitement of horse race betting.

Let’s look at the predicted favourites for the Melbourne Cup 2020, and if your favourite isn’t among these, maybe you can spare a few dollars and place a side bet?

In no particular order, the following seven horses have all been marked for the ‘To Watch List’, and for good reason if you look at their pedigree and lifetime records. For more information about the race, read our complete Melbourne Cup 2020 review.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Favourites

Age: 4
Sire: Camelot (GB)
Dam: Shakeyourbody (USA)
Dam’s Sire: Giant’s Causeway (USA)
Breeder: Aleytion Bloodstock Ltd
Flat turf wins: 1 in 3
Stakes win: 1 in 3
All-weather wins: 2 in 2
Rules Races wins: 3 in 5
Age: 3
Trainer: JP O’Brien
Sire: Camelot (GB)
Dam: Daganya (IRE)
Dam’s Sire: Danehill Dancer (IRE)
Breeder: Longueville Bloodstock & Matrix Bloodstock
Flat turf wins: 2 in 5
Stakes win: 1 in 2
Rules Races wins: 2 in 5
Young Rascal
Age: 5
Trainer: William Haggas
Sire: Intello (GER)
Dam: Rock My Soul (IRE)
Dam’s Sire: Clododvil (IRE)
Breeder: Ecurie Peregrine SAS
Stakes win: 5 in 10
All-weather wins: 1 in 1
Rules Races wins: 6 in 12
Russian Camelot
Age: 3
Trainer: Dany O’Brien
Sire: Camelot (GB)
Dam: Lady Babooshka (GB)
Dam’s Sire: Cape Cross (IRE)
Breeder: Lynch Bages & Camas Park Stud
Flat turf wins: 1 in 2
Stakes win: 1 in 1
Rules Races wins: 1 in 2
Courageux Guerrier
Age: 4
Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee
Sire: King Kamehameha (JPN)
Dam: Jumeau (JPN)
Dam’s Sire: Tanino Gimlet (JPN)
Breeder: Northern Racing
Flat turf wins: 1 in 5
Stakes win: 1 in 5
Rules Races wins: 1 in 5
Vow & Declare
Age: 4
Trainer: Dany O’Brien
Sire: Declaration Of War (USA)
Dam: Geblitzt (AUS)
Dam’s Sire: Testa Rosa (AUS)
Breeder: P Lanskey
Flat turf wins: 4 in 11
Stakes win: 3 in 9
Rules Races wins: 4 in 11
Surprise Baby
Age: 5
Trainer: Paul Preusker
Sire: Shocking (AUS)
Dam: Bula Baby (NZ)
Dam’s Sire: Kaapstad (NZ)
Breeder: Rich Hill Thoroughbreds
Flat turf wins: 2 in 6
Stakes win: 2 in 5
Rules Races wins: 2 in 6

Insider news: Russian Camelot made history as the first northern hemisphere-bred colt to win a derby in Australia in May 2020

Other Horses To Keep An Eye On

All bookies have their predictions based on secret formulas and a whole lot of experience. But always do your research on every horse. They’re all well represented and reported on, and you’ll quickly find relevant information. Some of the other favourites for this year’s Melbourne Cup 2020 include:

  • Il Paradiso
  • Shared Ambition
  • Backhurst
  • Logican
  • Mer De Glace
  • Search For A Song
  • True Self
  • Southern France

Read the latest news about the Melbourne Cup.

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