The biggest race of the year is just around the corner this Tuesday and the final field has been confirmed.
The 2017 Melbourne Cup is the biggest punting race in Australia and everyone loves a go to find the next staying champion.
24 of the best stayers from Australia, New Zealand and Europe have entered for the Flemington feature and we have sorted through the form to pick out our best bet, best each way and best roughie selection.
There are multiple ways to make money when beating the Melbourne Cup, but the best tactic is to pick a few horses and find the best value.
That’s what the strategy we’ve taken here and we’re confident of another big Melbourne Cup result.
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Our Best Bets for the 2017 Melbourne Cup
Almandin @ $7 – BET NOW
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Best Each Way Bet:
Johannes Vermeer @ $10 – BET NOW
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Who Shot Thebarman @ $41 – BET NOW
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Melbourne Cup 2017 form guide and tips
Hartnell ($26) – BET NOW
Not many punters thought Hartnell was going to run in the 2017 Melbourne Cup, but Godolphin were desperately seeking a representative.
He finished third in the Melbourne Cup last year, but that’s when he was in much better form and he simply hasn’t been the same horse since.
He’s a talent at his best, but he would need to turn his form right around to figure in the finish once again.
Almandin (Best Bet @ $7) – BET NOW
2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin is our top pick for a myriad of reasons.
The Robert Hickmott-trained runner is in better form entering this year’s Cup than he was last year and that’s a scary thought.
We believe this field is slightly easier than the one he faced last year and his win two starts back was simply sensational.
He has been given a nice freshen up for this and he’s clearly the horse to beat.
Humidor ($9) – BET NOW
Trainer Darren Weir has some concerns about whether Humidor can see out the 3200m distance, but his performance in the Cox Plate was encouraging.
The only problem with Humidor is that he doesn’t settle very well during the run, which will be more of a problem over the two miles.
The former Kiwi runner is a nice each way chance, but he’s too risky for our liking at this stage.
Tiberian ($31) – BET NOW
Six-year-old Tiberian is a French-performed runner and French form should always be respected in Melbourne.
We’ve yet to see it flourish in the Melbourne Cup, but it comes into this with consecutive wins at group level and he had to carry weight in excess of 59.5kg in both starts.
That’s some effort and although he finished 32.8 lengths behind the winner at group one level in July, his group two and group three wins hold him in good stead for the minors.
Marmelo ($9) – BET NOW
Punters showed interest in Marmelo for the Caulfield Cup and he produced a big effort in the run to the line.
He might not have finished in the placings, but he showed a good turn-of-foot from well back in the field and that had punters very excited.
He’s a quality international hope which has been set for the Melbourne Cup and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Marmelo close to in on Almandin’s odds come post time.
Red Cardinal ($16) – BET NOW
The Irish son of Montjeu comes into this having finished fifth at group two level in France last start and we’ve discussed how strong French form is.
His two starts prior included quality wins at group two and group three level and trainer Andreas Wohler has won the Melbourne Cup in the past with Protectionist.
That’s good experience to have and it’s almost certain to get the distance after winning over 3219m in June.
He has had only one run this season, which is the concern, but he’s a class act.
Johannes Vermeer (Best Each Way @ $10) – BET NOW
It was an incredible run from Johannes Vermeer in the Caulfield Cup and it arguably should have won the race.
He was held up approaching the turn, but still kicked on strongly for third and he’s going to take massive improvement from that.
Aidan O’Brien is desperate to win a Melbourne Cup and he has brought a serious charge with him in 2017.
The $12 on offer is a great each way price for a stayer which possesses a good turn-of-foot.
Bondi Beach ($61) – BET NOW
Bondi Beach is now with Robert Hickmott in the hopes to get it to turn around its form, but he’s clearly past his best.
He looked a good chance a few years back when he was racing on the world stage, but that form hasn’t held up well this season.
We’re prepared to risk him at the long odds.
Max Dynamite ($15) – BET NOW
It’s tough not to like Max Dynamite, but how much kicker does the eight-year-old still have?
The Willie Mullins-trained old timer finished second in the Melbourne Cup in 2015 and has raced only four times since. That included a last start win which came by three lengths, but the stake was only $18,000.
That’s not going to be good enough form to better his position from 2015 and we think his odds are a touch short of value.
Ventura Storm ($31) – BET NOW
Punters shouldn’t be too harsh on Ventura Storm’s performance in the Caulfield Cup as he was found to have a problem upon pulling up.
That has affected his odds for the Melbourne Cup negatively and it’s tough to back him with any confidence.
Glen Boss is a multiple winner of the race with Makybe Diva, but he’d need to work some serious magic to overturn its last start.
Who Shot Thebarman (Best Roughie @ $41) – BET NOW
The Chris Waller-trained nine-year-old is looking to become the oldest Melbourne Cup winner in history and we believe he’s got a chance.
His win at Moonee Valley last start was a good enough indication that he’s back to his best and his past performances in the Melbourne Cup have been good.
This will likely be his past attempt at the Cup and we’ll be shouting for the former Kiwi at long odds.
Wicklow Brave ($61) – BET NOW
Wicklow Brave will have plenty of supporters on the day, but he doesn’t have a realistic chance of winning.
Another nine-year-old, the Mullins-trained hurdler is best known for his jumping prowess and his effort for 12th in the Caulfield Cup wasn’t inspiring.
We’d look to others.
Big Duke ($19) – BET NOW
Big Duke has been a favourite of ours for a while now, but the Melbourne Cup might be too tough for him.
He struggles to settle during the run and he’s best suited to a smaller field around a tighter track in Sydney.
He knows how to win, which is a good trait to have, but you need to have a real staying mentality to win the Cup and he might be too brilliant over the shorter distances.
U.S Army Ranger ($67) – BET NOW
Love the name, but his form is close to being good enough here.
The five-year-old is bred to be a stayer, but he finished last at Leopardstown last start and that’s not great form going forward.
His best form has come over 4000+ metres and that’s where we would be following him.
Boom Time ($26) – BET NOW
It might have been a big upset win, but Caulfield Cup winners should always be respected in the Melbourne Cup.
The Lindsay Park-trained stayer loves to grind away and that could happen next Tuesday. If the pace is on up front, which it could be, expect Boom Time to be sitting just off the pace and ready to strike approaching the turn.
We’re expecting his odds to drift on the day so punters should wait for a better betting opportunity.
Gallante ($101) – BET NOW
We’re struggling to find any reason to back Gallante, apart from the fact that jockey Michael Dee is in good form.
It’s simply not up to this level of racing and he’s lucky to be in the race.
Libran ($41) – BET NOW
Libran isn’t the most consistent runner and it would likely need some moisture in the surface to be a winning chance.
The weather doesn’t look ideal for the Chris Waller-trained stayer, but it should get the distance and that inconsistency could play in its favour.
Not the worst at big odds.
Nakeeta ($34) – BET NOW
Nakeeta is a chance at $21 and he brings in winning form from the Ebor.
It’s a good form guide for the Melbourne Cup and although he didn’t have top quality form leading into that race where he won as a $13 chance, he might have the confidence up now.
There’s a sense of confidence in the camp and the light weight is going to give him every chance of winning.
Single Gaze ($41) – BET NOW
It was an incredible run for Single Gaze in the Caulfield Cup where she led the chasing pack up to the leader.
Single Gaze was able to kick on well for second and almost win the race, whereas the leader punctured and finished well down the track.
Hopefully that run didn’t take too much out of the mare because she’s an honest type which could run close to a top four finish.
Wall of Fire ($13) – BET NOW
There have been some big bets for Wall of Fire, which comes into this with a Herbert Power placing to his name.
That was some effort first-up in Australia and although his form overseas hasn’t been flash, there is supreme confidence in this runner.
His last run in Europe came in September 2016 and that lack of winning experience is important, but he should be in the thick of the finish based on his last start effort.
Thomas Hobson ($15) – BET NOW
He gets into the race due to the scratching of Jon Snow, but the eight-year-old is coming off a last start placing at group two level and that form could be good enough.
Willie Mullins lines up another talented type which doesn’t know how to give up, but we can’t have it in our selections.
His best form is over 4000m and despite having Joao Moreira in the saddle, who finished second last year on Heartbreak City, this looks a test too far.
Rekindling ($16) – BET NOW
Four-year-olds have a good record in the Melbourne Cup and Rekindling has a nice career record to date.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained runner has had nine starts for three wins and two placings. His run for fourth in the St Leger last start was classy and if he can handle the travel, he could be a serious threat.
It could pay to wait for any race day betting moves, but he looks a nice type in the making.
Amelie’s Star ($17) – BET NOW
She has real staying credentials, but was given a shocking ride in the Caulfield Cup.
The jockey went forward when she usually settles at the back, so expect a change in tactics this time around.
If the pace is on up front, expect Amelie’s Star to be finishing strongly down the outside into a top 10 position.
Cismontane ($41) – BET NOW
Cismontane gets into the field via its win in the Lexus Stakes, but it’s not up to this level.
He’s looking to replicate the likes of Shocking and Brew and Lexus/Cup double winners, but he’s a touch below that level and it would be a shock to see him winning.
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