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 5th 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.
2020 MELBOURNE CUP LATEST ODDS
Tuesday 05/11/19 15:00
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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 odds – 3 horses to watch
The pinnacle of horse racing events in Australia, the Melbourne Cup, is a Thoroughbred handicap race for three-year-olds or over, ran on the Flemington race track (3,200m) on the first Tuesday in November. The horses are qualified based on a handicap – the minimum required weight is 49 kilograms, and even though there is no maximum allocated weight, the highest should not be less than 57 kilograms.
Between 300 and 400 horses participate in the Melbourne Cup field, and the committee selects the final 24 Melbourne Cup horses that will start the race. The popularity of this event gives Melbourne Cup horses celebrity status and three horses are seen as the biggest Melbourne Cup favourites this year. Keep on reading to find out more about the biggest contenders to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
Cross Counter (GB)
- Age: 4
- Jockey: William Buick
- Weight: 57.5KG
- Trainer: Charlie Appleby
- Barrier: 5
Cross Counter, owned by Godolphin, was the winner of the 2018 Melbourne Cup, which is why he is a prominent betting favourite this year, as well. The four-year-old gelding, who has Northern Dancer and Mr Prospector, both legendary 20th-century sires of sires in his lineage, has 3 major wins in his career. He was the winner of Gordon Stakes and the Melbourne Cup in 2018, and Dubai Gold Cup in 2019. In the last year’s Melbourne Cup his handicap was 51 kg (or 8-0) and his jockey was the renowned Kerrin McEvoy who has two Melbourne Cup wins under his belt. Having won the Dubai Gold Cup in March 2019, he appears to be in excellent form so it will be exciting to see whether he can defend his Melbourne Cup title come November.
Prince Of Arran (GB)
- Jockey: Michael Walker
- Weight: 54KG
- Age: 6
- Trainer: Charlie Fellowes
- Barrier: 8
Prince Of Arran’s barrier draw means the horse starts towards the inside of the track. The British-trained horse is one of the most experienced runners with 28 starts which have produced four wins. Prince Of Arran was well beaten by Cross Counter in the Dubai World Cup but has a swing in the weights. The runner has achieved a best RPR rating of 114 but has not reached that level for over a year. The handicapper has give Prince Of Arran a manageable mark so this runner only needs a small improvement in past form to win the 2020 Melbourne Cup.
- Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
- Weight: 54KG
- Age: 5
- Trainer: Chris Waller
- Barrier: 4
The five-year-old stallion sired by the champion Frankel (GBR) and out of the dam Binche (USA) was foaled on February 22, 2014. As one of the Melbourne Cup favourites, he managed to finish in fourth place at the 2018 Melbourne Cup, after Cross Counter, Marmelo, and Prince of Arran. His trainer Chris Waller had outstanding success with Winx, who was the world’s highest ranked filly and the world’s highest-ranked turf horse at the same time. He believes that Finche is a strong contender among the Melbourne Cup runners this year as he appears in excellent form, which is why he hopes his horse places in top three come November 5, 2020.
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.