Melbourne Cup favourite & outsider

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The Melbourne Cup 2019 will be run at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne at 3 pm on Tuesday, November 5th. The Melbourne Cup is a Flat handicap race over two miles and there is a maximum field of 24 runners.

It is the second richest race in Australia after the Everest and the richest handicap in the sport.  It is known as the race that stops a nation and is the equivalent of the Grand National in England. The prize fund for the Melbourne Cup 2019 is $8 million.

Flemington Racetrack

Flemington is shaped like a pear and is a left-handed track. There is a six-furlong straight and a straight of over one furlong for races is not run on the straight course.  The course can accommodate 120,000 spectators and there are three grandstands.

The course is being constantly upgraded to meet the demand for places at the Melbourne Cup. Cup day is the best-attended racing occasions in Australia and millions watch the race live on television.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Favourite

Finche is the favourite for the Melbourne Cup in 2019. The horse finished fourth in the race last year and has since run some good trials. Finche came second in a Group race early in October and that is an ideal prep race for the race that matters most.

The horse was bred in France and ran thee at the start of his career.  The horse is owned by Khallad Abdullah who has won most of the famous Flat races in the World but not the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup favourite and outsider

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Melbourne Cup 2019 Leading Contenders

Surprise Baby is the second favourite for the Melbourne Cup 2019. The horse was bred in New Zealand and has only run four times. Surprise Baby won a Group 3 race at Flemington over one mile four and a half furlongs early in October.

Constantinople is the next horse in the betting was initially trained in Ireland but now has a handler based in Australia. The horse finished second to the subsequent winner of the English St Leger at York in August.

Marmelo finished second in the Melbourne Cup in 2018. The horse’s latest run produced a win at Group 2 level at Deauville. Cross Counter is again prominent in the betting. The last horse to win the Melbourne Cup in successive years was Makybe Diva who won the race in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Withhold appears another contender that could win the Melbourne Cup 2019. The horse was the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in England in October 2018 over two miles and two furlongs.  

Melbourne Cup 2019 Outsider

Prince Of Arran is an outsider that has the form and profile to win the Melbourne Cup 2019. The horse finished third last year behind Cross Counter and Marmelo. The race has a history of horses running a number of times.

This outsider gets the trip and is suited to Flemington. Prince Of Arran has produced some solid efforts in decent races in England over the last two months. The horse has also won at Group 2 level at Flemington but over a shorter distance than the Melbourne Cup.