Melbourne Cup 2017

ALMANDIN WINS THE 2016 MELBOURNE CUP

17. ALMANDIN

  • SILKS COLOURS: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Red Cap
  • TRAINER: Robert Hickmott
  • JOCKEY: Kerrin McEvoy
  • AGE: 7YO bay gelding
  • CUP WEIGHT: 52kg
  • MIN/MAX DIST WINS: 2040/3200
  • CAREER RECORD: 12: 5-3-1
  • LAST WIN: G3 Bart Cummings Stakes, 2500m, October 02 2016

Almandin secured his place for the first Tuesday in November when taking out the Bart Cummings, a race that offers ballot exemption. The German bred gelding is only lightly raced with just 11 starts and will have the benefit of Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, a previous winner of the Cup who lines up for his 14th appearance. This will be his first run greater than 2500m , however he has won his past 2 starts at 2400m and then 2500m.

Heartbreak City (13) ran second followed by Harnell (6) in third in the 2016 Melbourne Cup

2017 MELBOURNE CUP FIELD

2017 MELBOURNE CUP FIELD

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.


MELBOURNE CUP ODDS 2017

2017 MELBOURNE CUP RACE GUIDE
Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Race Time: 14:00 AEST
Race Code: TBC
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 3,200 metres
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $6,200,000
2016 Winner: ALMANDIN
2017 Melbourne Cup Odds


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The longest priced winner in the past three decades was Prince of Penzance ($74) in last year's race.
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Place a fixed price win bet on the first 4 races at Flemington and if your horse finished 2nd or 3rd, Money Back up to $50! Excl NSW residents

Melbourne Cup Horses

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ABOUT MELBOURNE CUP

ABOUT MELBOURNE CUP

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.

The 2015 winner, Prince of Penzance, took out the cup at starting odds of $74.00
See the complete Melbourne Cup barrier draw as results become available.



INTERNATIONAL HORSES

INTERNATIONAL HORSES

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.

Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey
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


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Melbourne Cup Facts Melbourne Cup Facts
Shortest Odds Record- Pharlap
65.5kg highest weight carried to victory
03:16.03 fastest time
1st overseas trained winner- Vintage Crop
Heaviest weight - Phar Lap
French Wins - Americain and Dunaden

Over the years there have been some great horses claim the coveted Cup. Aussie turf legends such as Carbine, Phar Lap, Let’s Elope, Saintly, Might and Power and Makybe Diva are just a few. The international honour board is also impressive, with the first New Zealand bred winner being Martini-Henry in 1863, while Kiwi (1983), Empire Rose (1988) Jezabeel (1998) and Ethereal (2001) are other high profile winners from across the ditch. Imports such as Backwood (1924), Belldale Ball (1980) At Talaq (1986), Juene (1994), Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013) have also been successful for local trainers. Of the true international raiders, Irishman Dermot Weld started the foreign plunder in 1993 with Vintage Crop, and followed it up with Media Puzzle nine years later. Many other overseas based horses and trainers have followed suit in pursuit of our great Cup.

  • The Pearl (1871), Wotan (1936) & Old Rowley (1940) have the record for the longest odds at 100/1.
  • The highest weight carried by a filly or a mare was 58kg when Makybe Diva recorded the third of her three successive Cups victories in 2005.
  • The horse with the lowest weight on record was in 1863 when Banker carried just 33.57kg in a seven horse field.
  • Super staying mare, Makybe Diva, is the only horse to win three Cups (2003, 2004 & 2005).
  • Archer (1861-62), Rain Lover (1968-69), Think Big (1974-75) and Makybe Diva (2003-5) have won consecutive Cups, while Peter Pan also won the Cup twice in 1932 and 1934.
  • The biggest winning margin is eight lengths, recorded by two dual Cup winners - Archer in 1862 and Rain Lover in 1968.
  • The 1891 Melbourne Cup was an all family affair with James Redfearn training, owning and breeding winner Malvolio, and his son George Refearn riding the four-year-old to victory and netting the Melbourne family 13,124 pounds.
  • Japan’s first success in the Cup came in 2006 when Delta Blues beat home another horse from the ‘land of the rising sun’ in Pop Rock.
  • Connections of the first Cup winner (Archer in 1861) received 710 gold sovereigns and a hand-beaten gold watch, compared to a winner’s cheque of $3.6m these days, along with an 18ct solid gold Hardy Brothers trophy valued at $175,000.
  • A trophy (originally in the form of a miniature horse and jockey atop a silver bowl with handles) was introduced in 1865, before the Melbourne Cup trophy itself was first used in 1919.
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