Melbourne Cup Day 2018 has Finally Arrived

Thirteen hours until the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

Yucatan ($6) seems to be drifting, but he is still the favourite and the wide draw should not be much of a hindrance, given that there are 3200 metres and over three minutes to find good running.

Youngstar ($15) seems to be the local hero; heroine actually, based on her giving Winx a reason to try in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes last month. She might have done better, a podium at least, in the Caulfield Cup, had there been a bit more pace. Shed has shortened to $15 after opening at $17 and there are certainly more than a few supporters who would like to see a local horse win a big Australian Thoroughbred race.

Magic Circle is on the second line at $8. The seven-year-old Irish gelding is lightly raced, even by today’s standards, but has won his last two at distances greater than the Melbourne Cup, so to use the word “stayer” for him is enough to explain his lack of work.

The third line is for Cross Counter at $9. This four-year-old gelding makes Magic Circle look like a workhorse. Cross Counter is a British horse that has little form to guide, having made only seven starts in minor races, with a Group 3 win and a second in a Group 2 last time out. He works for Godolphin, though, so you would think they know how to pick.

None of the others is in single digits, but another to keep an eye on is Best Solution ($11). Another Goldolphin horse, the five-year-old entire trained by Saeed bin Suroor won the Caulfield Cup last month and will get some backing from punters hoping to fill a Cups double. Best Solution opened at $15 and has shortened, is well drawn for the Melbourne Cup and somehow managed to escape any penalty for winning the Caufield Cup.

Quotes courtesy of Neds.

Start the party and enjoy the race while the nation is stopped…parts of it, at any rate.

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