Are you tired of trying to engage in workplace banter around Melbourne Cup, only to have it littered with jargon that confuses you?
The Newsroom’s Paul Robinson is here to simplify it all for you! Think of this as your cheat sheet for the race that stops the nation. We won’t bore you with irrelevant facts and stats on all 24 horses, but we will give you the vital info on the movers of The Cup.
A six-year-old who is suited better to a firm track than a soft. Although currently in tremendous form, Big Orange may struggle with the distance of the field. Ran in the Melbourne Cup last year, so shouldn’t be frightened by the occasion. Currently paying $15 with the bookies. Can see it possibly placing, but can’t see it winning.
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The eight-year-old NZ-born horse will be running in its third Melbourne Cup. It’s best placing in the cup was a third in 2014. Another one that won’t be intimidated by the large crowd and noise of the day. Length won’t be an issue, as it can run well over distance, but it’s debatable whether it will have enough speed early. A popular horse whose career may be coming to an end, so it would be great to see a Melbourne Cup victory. Long odds at $34 – but after last years’ 100-1 winner, clearly anything is possible.
Devastatingly brilliant form leading up to the race with a sensational 400m to come from last and win in its last run, the only negatives for the five-year-old is that it may still struggle with the distance – and with the track, as it is yet to race on a soft field. Get used to seeing this name in the Melbourne Cup, an impressive horse with a bright future.
The $5 favourite, and with good reason. A six-year-old who’s just hitting his prime, and just recently ran second against one of the greats in the Cox Plate (Winx.) Has finished first and second in its last five races, and ran in last year’s Melbourne Cup. There is not much more to be said, Hartnell is poised for victory here.
An interesting runner considering it started it’s career later than most. Has won four races at this distance and runs well on a soft track. Although not running for 52 days, it has been prepared for this race all season. Has run in big races before, so should be fine with the occasion of the day. Currently paying $9 – get on it now as they are great odds.
A striking four-year-old who comes into the Melbourne Cup in great form. Jameka had a big win at the Caulfield Cup – so it is used to the distance of the field. Some say it may not hold up against some of the big names, but don’t count it out. Won’t be overawed by the occasion, and $8 is good odds.
Eleven starts and four wins for the six-year-old, who is paying $11. Good odds and the 30 days with no race will hold it steady in high hopes. Flown under the radar compared to names like Hartnell and Oceanographer.
The cup is where history and champions are made. Who will it be today? – Paul Robinson
Photo of Oceanographer winning the Lexus Stakes from the Flemington Racecourse Twitter feed.