A particularly classy field of 22 runners remain in contention for this afternoon’s featured Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning trifecta.
Having debuted to Australian racing with an exceptional race win in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th, classy Japanese raider Admire Rakti has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets and is currently available at a quote of $6 for success, ahead of Lucia Valentina ($7), Fawkner ($7.50) and Protectionist ($8) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Admire Rakti justify favouritism and win the 2014 Melbourne Cup, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Admire Rakti ($6)
Securing a commendable record of seven wins and a further eleven minor places from his 27 competitive appearances on course so far, Admire Rakti more than stamped his claims as a serious Cups contender when running second behind leading stayer Gold Ship in the Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten Stakes (3016m) first-up this year in March. Comfortably carrying topweight to victory in the Caulfield Cup, the Heart’s Cry entire will leave from the ideal barrier 7, has been confirmed to be partnered by Caulfield Cup jockey Zac Purton and is a great chance of finishing at the head of a Melbourne Cup trifecta.
Red Cadeaux ($21)
Confirmed to become the first northern hemisphere runner to line up for four Melbourne Cup appearances when taking to the stalls at Flemington this afternoon, Red Cadeaux has finished an agonizingly-close second in the Race That Stops a Nation on two separate occasions and is a great selection for a Melbourne Cup trifecta this year. Claiming seven wins and a further 17 minor places form his 46 competitive appearances so far, the Cadeaux Genereux gelding has received an ideal lead-in to this afternoon’s feature; running fourth in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) before a luckless run for seventh in the Group 3 September Stakes (2414m) last time out. A proven performer over the track and distance, Red Cadeaux offers punters exceptional value for money at current Melbourne Cup odds.
Arguably offering punters the best value for money at current $81 to win or $18 to finish in the places in the Melbourne Cup, Seismos is a proven performer over the distance on tracks integrities of all varieties, in all corners of the globe and is more than worth consideration as a selection in a Melbourne Cup trifecta. Claiming seven wins and five minor places from her 25 appearances on course to date, the Dalakhani gelding was luckless in the Caulfield Cup last time out, but won the Geoffrey Freer Stakes with ease in his prior competitive tilt.
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