Another gripping chapter was added to the history of the Melbourne Cup, when Almandin was able to secure victory over Heartbreak City, with Hartnell finishing in third place.
Cox Plate runner-up Hartnell started the favourite in both the UBET fixed price and tote markets, while the Caulfield Cup winner Jameka was well supported in looking to become the first to secure the Melbourne Cup/Caulfield Cup double since 2001.
It was the Robert Hickmott trained Almandin that put his best hooves forward to etch his name on the honour roll and in the process provided owner Llyod Williams with his fifth Melbourne Cup victory.
Williams stops at nothing in trying secure the race that has become his obsession, was represented by four runners in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Three were trained at Mount Macedon by Robert Hickmott, Assign, Gallante and Almandin, while Bondi Beach raced as an international under the tutelage of Irishman Aidan O’Brien prepared from the Werribee quarantine centre.
The win gave trainer Robert Hickmott his second Melbourne Cup, while jockey Kerrin McEvoy created a record of his own in landing the win. From his first win in 2000 with Brew until the most recent win was the longest gap for any jockey between their first and second wins.
Heartbreak City pressed Almandin all the way and in a heads-up, heads-down battle just couldn’t get the upper hand in finishing a close 2nd. The Magic Man Joao Moreira was quick to congratulate McEvoy for the win and not long past the winning post, he gave his Aussie counterpart a pat on the back.
Hartnell for John O’Shea and James McDonald battled strongly to hold on to 3rd place, over four lengths in arrears of the leading pair..
UBET has the market available for the 2017 Melbourne Cup with Francis Of Assisi installed at the top of the market. The 7YO came to Australia with the Charlie Appleby team that had great success over the Carnival. Owned by Godolphin, Francis Of Assisi raced twice for wins in the Bendigo Cup and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, both at Group 3 level.
The 2016 winner Almandin sits on the second line of the market, with Heartbreak City and Oceanographer on the third line.2016 VRC Derby winner Prized Icon is the leading Australian-bred runner in the market and opened at $35 while the fairy-tale winner of the Spring Carnival Lasqueti Spirit, who won the VRC Oaks at $151, opened at $67 to take the 2017 Cup.
To help you make a selection or confirm your early choice for the 2016 Melbourne Cup, UBET has provided key Melbourne Cup Statistics for the race.
|Date:||Tuesday 7th November 2017|
|Race Time:||14:00 AEST|
|2017 Melbourne Cup Odds|
The Melbourne Cup is literally ‘the race that stops a nation’. On the first Tuesday in November at 3pm (AEDT), most Aussies are glued to the television, radio or internet to witness who will be the next horse etched in Australian equine history, and of course, to see if their flutter is successful. A 3200m Group 1 Open Handicap, many Cup contenders turn into pretenders after three and a bit minutes. Trainers, jockeys and horses go through a gruelling preparation in the hope of being successful on that day in November.
Dating back to 1861, the Cup has been one of the premier events on the Australian racing calendar. But more recently, this great racing tradition has gone global. Thoroughbreds and trainers travel from all over the world to participate in Australia’s ‘race of races’ in a quest to get their hands on our Cup and the massive prize money that goes with it.
The Melbourne Cup is the richest and most prestigious ‘two-mile’ handicap in the world, open to all horses aged three-years-old and above.
Each year around 300-400 horses nominate for the Melbourne Cup, but the final field is restricted to just 24. Owners, trainers, jockeys, racing enthusiasts, punters and once-a-year dabblers can’t wait until the Saturday night before the race, when the field is finalised and announced. Apart from the winners of a few select races which provide for automatic entry, horses hoping for a Cup start go through a ballot system to determine the final field.
Since Dermott Weld’s Vintage Crop became the first northern hemisphere horse to win the Melbourne Cup in 1993, 79 internationals have started in the great race without a previous run in Australia and they all left without success.
This year's international field features the likes of Big Orange, Current Mirotic, Bondi beach, Exospheric, Qewy and Oceanographer. Qewy is one runner who has captured a bit of attention from UBET punters with the seven-year-old Irish gelding attempting to become the first horse in 11 years (Makybe Diva) to win the Melbourne Cup at that age.
Qewy's win in the Geelong Cup over raging hot favourite Oceanographer gave plenty punters plenty of confidence that the Godolphin horse is capable of stepping up on Cup day.
There has been a steady flow of support for British five-year-old Exospheric is a decent chance of securing the 2016 Melbourne Cup at decent odds of $21 (at time of publishing), while the northern neighbour Bondi Beach (Ireland) has also seen a flurry of bets at $13.
Geelong Cup runner-up Oceanographer has been somewhat deserted in terms of support by UBET customers since that race with his chances of winning at $51. Fellow British gallopers Beautiful Romance ($51) and Secret Number ($41) have also been somewhat abandoned.
Of all the international horses running in the race that stops the nation, Scottish shapes as one of the best value-for-money options at $21, while Big Orange, at $15, is the most impressive after clinching back-to-back wins in the Princess of Wales Stakes and the Goodwood Cup.
|Big Orange (GB)||6g||56kg||Michael Bell|
|Curren Mirotic (JPN)||9g||55.5kg||Osamu Hirata|
|Wicklow Brave (GB)||8g||55kg||Willie Mullins|
|Bondi Beach (IRE)||5h||55kg||Aidan O’Brien|
|Exospheric (GB)||5h||55kg||Lee Freedman|
|Scottish (IRE)||5g||54.5kg||Charlie Appleby|
|Beautiful Romance (GB)||5m||51.5kg||Saeed Bin Suroor|
|Secret Number (GB)||7g||51kg||Saeed Bin Suroor|
|Qewy (IRE)||7g||51kg||Charlie Appleby|
|Oceanographer (GB)||5g||50kg||Charlie Appleby|
Big Orange (GB) | Michael Bell | 6G | $56KG
Curren Mirotic (JPN) | Osamu Hirata | 9G | $55.5KG
Wicklow Brave (GB) | Willie Mullins | 8G | $55KG
Bondi Beach (IRE) | Aidan O'Brien | 5H | $55KG
Exospheric (GB) | Lee Freedman | 5H | $55KG
Scottish (IRE) | Michael Bell | 5G | $54.5KG
Beautiful Romance (GB) | Michael Bell | 5M | $51.5KG
Secret Number (GB) | Michael Bell | 7G | $51KG
Qewy (IRE) | Michael Bell | 7G | $51KG
Oceanographer (GB) | Michael Bell | 5G | $50KG