Melbourne Cup 2019 Runners

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Constantinople (IRE)

Weight: 52.5KG / Age: 3 /Jockey: Joao Moreira / Trainer: Tom Dabernig / Barrier: 7
Any horse that is placed in an English Classic must be considered in a handicap. Only Logician beat Constantinople in the St Leger this September at Doncaster. The horse is aged three so other runners are more mature and have more experience. One of the major trials for the Melbourne Cup 2019 is the Caulfield Cup over 12 furlongs. Constantinople finished fourth, one and a half lengths behind Mer De Grace who won the race. The Racing Post Rating (RPR) of 115 makes Constantinople a horse with the ability to win this year’s Melbourne Cup.
Constantinople 7/1
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A Prince of Arran (GB)

Weight: 54KG / Age: 6 /Jockey: Michael Walker / Trainer: Charlie Fellowes / Barrier: 8
This six-year-old bay British gelding trained by Charlie Fellowes has an impressive list of races and wins under his belt. This is why he is considered to be of above-average ability on our list of Melbourne Cup horses. He has run in 28 races, finished first four times, second four times, and third four times, as well. This year he competed in Dubai Gold Cup-G2 with Oisin Murphy as his jockey and he finished ninth.
A Prince of Arran 15/1
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Mer De Glace (JPN)

Weight: 65KG / Age: 4 /Jockey: Damian Lane / Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu / Barrier: 2
Mer De Grace is racing in the Melbourne Cup 2019 from the number 2 stall which is a plumb draw. The horse should reach the first turn in a prominent position which reduces the chances of bad luck in running. Mer De Grace is now the favourite in some books after winning the Caulfield Cup last week. The horse ran to an RPR of 115 which is the same best produced by Constantinople. Mer De Grace has only raced five times and the first four starts were in Japan. If the overseas runner does not make a decent start, he can come off the pace in the style of the Caulfield Cup win.
Mer De Glace 8.5/1
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Finche (GB)

Weight: 54KG / Age: 5 / Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy / Trainer: Chris Waller / Barrier: 4
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.
Finche 11/1
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Sound Check (GER)

Weight: 53.5kg / Age: 6 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Michael Moroney
Sired by Lando and out of the dam Sky Dancing, Sound Check is a 6-year-old black/brown gelding trained by Michael Moroney. He has shown significant improvement in the past year, with four out of seven wins on good ground. His significant wins include finishing first on Baden Racing Steher Cup, Altano-Rennen, Oleander-Rennen-G2, and Hoppergarten G2, to name just a few. He placed 18th at the 2018 Melbourne Cup but his trainer is hopeful that this year he can place much higher.
Sound Check 25/1
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Cross Counter (GB)

Weight: 57.5KG/ Age: 4 / Jockey: William Buick / Trainer: Charlie Appleby / Barrier: 5
There have been five multiple winners of the Melbourne Cup so Cross Counter is looking to join an elite group. The handicapper penalises former winners and that’s why back-to-back wins is a tough ask. Cross Counter is the top weight and caries an extra 6.5KG compared to last year. The British-trained horse owned by Godolphin won the Dubai World Cup in March. This runner comes from outstanding stock and has the breeding to stay the distance of the Melbourne Cup. However, the burden of being the top weight will count against Cross Counter this year.
Cross Counter 13/1
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Surprise Baby(NZ)

Weight: 53.5KG / Age: 5 /Jockey: Jordan Childs / Trainer: Paul Preusker / Barrier: 20
Surprise Baby is one of the few horses bred in the Southern Hemisphere running in the Melbourne Cup 2019. Horses from Europe have dominated the race in recent years because there is more emphasis on staying horses than in other parts of the world. Surprise Baby won a Group 2 contest over the distance in March. The horse’s recent form over shorter gives him a chance but soft going is negative. The barrier draw of 20 is another factor that makes winning this race a difficult task for Surprise Baby.
Surprise Baby 12/1
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Il Paradiso (IRE)

Weight: 52.5KG / Age: 3 /Jockey: Wayne Lordan / Trainer: Aidan O’Brien / Barrier: 17
The race is one of the few major events that the trainer has not won. However, Il Paradiso’s draw of 17 for the Melbourne cup 2019 is a negative for the Irish-trained and owned runner. The horse took the form to a new level when racing over extended trips. Il Paradiso was fifth in the St Leger but has something to find with Constantinople on the form from that Classic over 14 furlongs. The horse is aged 3 but the last two winners of the Melbourne Cup were in that age group. The forecast good to soft ground plays against Il Paradiso’s best form.
Il Paradiso 13/1
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Vow And Declare (AUS)

Weight: 52KG / Age: 4 /Jockey: Craig A Williams / Trainer: Danny O’Brien / Barrier: 21
Vow And Declare was bred in Australia so will be a winner for the home team if prevailing in the Melbourne Cup 2019. However, a barrier draw of 21 would make the horse an exceptional winner and there are other runners with better form. The horse is progressive and a Group 3 win over 15 furlongs stands up well. Vow and Declare finished second behind Mer De Grace in the Caulfield Cup in October. It will be difficult for Vow And Declare to reverse the form from that Group 1 race over one mile and four furlongs but there is potential for improvement.
Vow And Declare 12/1
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Latrobe (IRE)

Weight: 55KG / Age: 4 /Jockey: James McDonald / Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien / Barrier: 22
Latrobe would have a chance on the form but the horse’s prospects have been compromised by a draw in barrier 22 out of 24 runners. The Irish-trained horse has winning form at Group 1 level and the handicapper has not been too punitive. In a high-quality field, Latrobe is a Classic winner in Europe. The distance of two miles of the Melbourne Cup 2019 could be an issue but Latrobe could gallop the opposition into submission. The trainer won the race in 2018 and is now the youngest trainer to win a race at the Breeders Cup.
Latrobe 17/1
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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 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.


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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.

Finche (GB)

  • 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.

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