55 Horses Running for $6.25M in Melbourne Cup Prizes
Melbourne Cup Horses Odds
Defending champion Almandin is bidding to become the first horse since Makybe Diva to get back-to-back Melbourne Cup wins, and is current favourite in the Sportsbook odds to pull off a remarkable feat.
Trading at around 13/2 ($7.50), the seven-year-old gelding is the only horse trading at single figure Melbourne Cup betting odds, despite being beaten into fourth place by Amelie’s Star in a Group 3 Handicap on the 7th of October.
Almandin is ideally suited to the longer distance on the big day though, and the oddsmakers believe he will be primed to follow up last year’s dramatic success. He is one of eight acceptors for trainer Robert Hickmott, but there is no doubting which horse is his number one hope.
Five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams is responsible for 11 of the 55 acceptors on the list, with a trio of international entrants: Johannes Vermeer (Aidan O’Brien), Rekindling (Joseph O’Brien) and US Army Ranger (Joseph O’Brien) joining the Hickmott-trained squad.
The 2017 Melbourne Cup runners list is three up on last year and as usual has a wealth of quality, strength and depth throughout. Almandin may be the obvious choice, but there is a lot of value and class horses further down the Melbourne Cup betting lists.
Earlier on during the Carnival we will once again get to see the outstanding filly Winx bid to cement her greatness by winning the Cox Plate, a race she is no bigger than 1/3 (1.33 in decimal odds) with UK bookmakers to achieve.
She really is something special and having her on the Australian racing scene at the moment, and racing during the Carnival, certainly adds more attention and attraction toward the big Melbourne Cup race itself on Tuesday the 7th of November.
Rekindling (Joseph O’Brien), US Army Ranger (Aidan O’Brien), Max Dynamite (Willie Mullins), Thomas Hobson (Willie Mullins) and Nakeeta (Iain Jardine) represent a five strong Irish contingent who’re due to arrive on Aussie soil on Saturday 14th of October.
Iain Jardine gives Gordon Brown the latest news about Melbourne Cup hope Nakeeta. pic.twitter.com/pLhchmHT7Z— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) October 16, 2017
The first four named have plenty of class and will be representing some Group race form, while Nakeeta goes to Flemington on the back of winning the Ebor; one of Europe’s most prestigious handicap contests for staying horses.
In recent years we’ve seen a rise in top pedigree European horses being sent down under in search of Melbourne Cup glory and hailing from some of the best stables in the UK & Ireland, they always command a fair amount of respect.
But with 41 of the 55 acceptors for this year’s renewal, Australian horse racing fans can rest easy that they will most definitely put up a very stern home defence of their most famous horse race.