The fields have come up trumps on Melbourne Cup Day and we have our best bets and form for the best races on the card.
Flemington hosts a 10-race premier card with plenty of stakes-racing action and Randwick also boasts some big betting fields, which is a nice change from Saturday at Rosehill.
Flemington free tips & form
Race 1. (10:45) Bumble Stakes (1000m)
#1 – Champagne Boom @ $2.40 – BET NOW
Showed a devastating turn-of-foot to score in the Debutante Stakes at Caulfield and it’s hard not to like that form going forward.
The Lindsay Park-trained filly burst through the field, guided by Craig Williams, to score by 2.5 lengths and that form should continue to stack up.
There are some debutantes lining up here which could be anything, but we’ll go with the form on the board.
Race 2. (11:30) Tab App Trophy (1700m)
#5– Mamzelle Tess @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Was entered for a much harder race last Saturday and didn’t make the field, so her form lines up well for an easier race here.
The six-year-old mare has been in consistent form this campaign, which includes four consecutive placings and a tough performance behind Shoko in the Powerflo Stakes at Moonee Valley last start.
She gets in well here off the inside barrier with only 55kg on her back so consider as a winning option.
Race 3. (12:05) Grinders Coffee Roasters BM90 (1400m)
#13 – Haunted @ $9 – BET NOW
Punters might have been disappointed with Haunted’s third placing at Moe last time out but he was trapped along the inside of runners and he’s a type that needs clear air.
Trained by James Cummings, the four-year-old gelding won his two starts prior to that, including a 2.3-length victory at Flemington in benchmark rating 70 grade. That’s a solid form guide going into this and although he’s rising in grade, he gets in with 54kg.
The 1400m looks ideal and he won’t mind drawing wide.
Race 4. (12:40) Ronald McDonald House BM96 (2800m)
#10 – Shraaoh @ $5 – BET NOW
The international for of Shraaoh should stack up nicely here and the distance of 2800m is ideal for any European coming over to Australia.
Trained by Chris Waller and having his first start in Australia, the son of Sea the Stars finished second at Newmarket last start in July and boasts form behind the likes of Wall of Fire and Dal Harraild.
This isn’t the strongest staying field you’ll ever see and he will likely firm in betting markets on race day.
Race 6. (13:50) Jim Beam Black Stakes (1400m)
#12 – Mirette @ $5.50 – BET NOW
The three-year-old filly has dropped from an opening quote of $7 to $5.50 and there’s some strong support coming for the talented type.
She finished sixth behind Amphitrite in the 1000 Guineas last start and although she’s dropping back in distance, she won over 1406m at Benalla by 4.5 lengths going into that run.
Drawing barrier 14 will force her to cover some ground but with a drag into the race, she has the ability to sling-shot them late.
Race 7. (15:00) Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m)
Race 9. (16:45) MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
#6 – Trekking @ $4.40 – BET NOW
Prepared to forgive Trekking for his last start ninth at Caulfield because he wasn’t too far away from the winner and he didn’t get much luck in running.
The Cummings-trained sprinter had won his two starts prior to that, including a 1.3-length win at Caulfield and he’s good enough to be running at this level.
His only recent defeat in Sydney came behind subsequent winner Don’t Give A Damn and that form looks good for this.
Randwick free tips and form
Race 2. (12:25) Agency Management Maiden (1400m)
#1 – Napoleon Solo @ $1.95 – BET NOW
Peter and Paul Snowden line up the three-year-old colt which finished second behind Adana last start and that form should stack up nicely in this.
Adana has since raced in stakes grade at Flemington and the son of Uncle Mo was able to finish only a neck behind her.
There has been good betting support throughout the week, which is a great sign and although $1.95 is short, he looks a good chance.
Race 5. (14:20) Real Estate BM70 (1400m)
#9 – Campari @ $5.50 – BET NOW
New Zealand-trained mare Campari was a beaten favourite at Warwick Farm last start but that might have come down to second-up syndrome.
The daughter of O’Reilly looked good prior to that when winning at Gosford by 1.5 lengths and her form across the Tasman included a placing behind Group 1 winner Dijon Bleu. That’s strong form for this and we’re expecting a bounce-back performance.
Race 6. (15:40) Choisir Handicap (1100m)
#1 – Tactical Advantage @ $3 – BET NOW
Running fourth behind Pierata should be considered good form and although beaten by 5.3 lengths on that occasion, the winner spaced the field in the Sydney Stakes.
Kris Lees lines up the five-year-old gelding which has always been a model of consistency, winning eight of his 18 starts and placing a further six times.
Carrying 61kg won’t be easy but he has a significant class edge over this field and that should be evident here.