JUST ONE NAILED IT, WHERE EVERY HORSE FINISHED IN THE 2019 MELBOURNE CUP, HOLD YOUR HORSES: RUNNER-UP DROPS TWO PLACE IN DRAMATIC FATHER VS SON CUP PROTEST, FURIOUS: PUNTERS PROTEST OVER BOOKMAKERS PAYING OUT. This gelding has swept all before him since starting his last campaign as a maiden and ending it with an Adelaide Cup. MUSTAJEER: Was in the market at $19, and came second-last after making what looked a threatening run around the turn. HERE’S EXACTLY WHAT THE MELBOURNE CUP WINNER AND TRIFECTA PAID, RUNNER-UP DROPS TWO PLACE IN DRAMATIC FATHER VS SON CUP PROTEST, PUNTERS PROTEST OVER BOOKMAKERS PAYING OUT, Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. That was well short of what those who took the $21 – not a very long price when the favourite’s $8.50 – will have expected. Joao Moreira gave the lightly-weighted equal second-favourite a cool run midfield on the fence.

10.55am RACE 1: Ottawa Stakes, 1000m, Group 2: … Had to work at the start from the widest barrier, so to finish 3.6 lengths off the winner wasn’t too bad. Master of Reality was one of five starters who came out of the Irish St Leger, and was nowhere near the most impressive of them. Here’s our annual look at the studs and duds of the race that stops the nation. And to trainer DANNY O’BRIEN. CROSS COUNTER: Special mention to last year’s champion, who humped a hefty topweight of 57.5kg today, had to make his way through some traffic in the straight, but did so admirably, finishing only 1.6 lengths away in eighth. He couldn’t, coming 22nd. The capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field for the ‘race that stops a nation’ is officially released on the Saturday before the $8 million feature takes place on the first Tuesday of November annually. Racing Post, the home of Melbourne Cup news, cards and results.

Latrobe settled towards the rear from a wide gate and pretty much stayed thereabouts.

RAYMOND TUSK: Without an Australian lead-up he was the mystery bag who might sneak under people’s guard, fly under the radar, etc etc. A horse any trainer would love in his stable. But, sitting in the death seat for much of the way, facing the breeze outside the leader, the gelding put up an incredibly gutsy effort to almost snatch the race, in a credit to the conditioning work of his trainer Joseph O’Brien.

Special mention to CRAIG WILLIAMS for the balls-of-steel move to push up and across from the wide gate, rather than drift back and hope for the best, and for spending his horse’s his petrol in a millilitre-perfect way in the straight. O’Brien’s done it with 4,400. Has come out the other side to prove his capabilities, especially by giving this horse only two lead-up runs to this race. Melbourne Cup 2019: Race-by-race guide to racing’s biggest day. CONSTANTINOPLE: At least Finche wasn’t this duddly. Third last year after covering heaps of ground, and second this year, albeit thanks to a promotion from third due to the fourth-v-second protest which didn’t involve him. And Southern France came with big wraps from Europe, but showed precious little to back them up, even if he was caught a tad wide, finishing 19th.

A HEAP OF EXPERTS MADE TIPS AHEAD OF THE MELBOURNE CUP. HOW MUCH DID YOU WIN? Went through hell and back, and a mountain of legal fees, to be cleared in the spurious and lamentable cobalt witchhunt of a few years ago. Crazy. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. The race that stops the nation may be the biggest draw card on the day, but there’s plenty of value to be found on the 10-card meet. And Dettori, for all his class, has ridden some shockers in this race. SURPRISE BABY: Two Aussie horses in the top five? Came from gate 21, found himself in the dicey position of leading early on before gaining cover, but still he looked under pressure from the home turn onwards, and then looked beaten three or four times up the straight. Didn’t do much flying of any sort in coming 16th, despite having every chance. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Likewise LATROBE ($21) and SOUTHERN FRANCE ($26), who didn’t show a lot. Get all the Melbourne Cup, form and analysis.

Missed the kick, tacked on before too long, but travelled way near the back and inside a wall of horseflesh. Big tick. Cups King Bart Cummings used to want 10,000 metres in his horses’ legs in their lead-up preparation to the Cup. FINCHE: It might seem harsh for a horse who finished seventh but – given his super run last year when fourth, the fact he carried the same non-taxing weight of 54kg today, that he’d impressed in his lead-up runs, the fact he was given a lovely ride by Cup master Kerrin McEvoy, and that he was presented for his run in the clear and not too wide at the top of the straight -- the Melbourne Cup favourite had every possible chance really. IL PARADISO: Tremendous run from this northern three-year-old, particularly when he was having only the seventh start of his life. PRINCE OF ARRAN: He’s threatening to become the most adored horse in the country if he keeps this up, even if, unlike the winner, he’s not Australian but a Pom. Another 50 metres and he probably does. Unfortunately the big fear about him came true. In the madness of the Melbourne Cup there’s always those who pleasantly surprise and those who disappoint. Paul Preusker, who’s based at Horsham, has done a tremendous job with him, again with only two lead-up runs, like the winner. There are still plenty of other exciting support races on the Melbourne Cup Day card so why not enjoy a full day of Melbourne Cup betting! HERE’S EXACTLY WHAT THE MELBOURNE CUP WINNER AND TRIFECTA PAID, $20,000 INTO $290,000: THE BIGGEST CUP BETS THAT PAID OFF. A shame he ducked in at the end to cause the interference which dropped him from second to fourth, costing connections a cool $750,000, but a mighty effort. After the racing action on Victoria Derby Day is when punters get a … There were many who took the $21 to say he could do the back-up. Melbourne Cup 2019 studs and duds: report card…

There are more choices now than ever before when it comes to Melbourne Cup … Source: Getty Images FULL FLEMINGTON RACE CARD & RESULTS. MER DE GLACE: Is on the borderline, but gains a definite pass mark for finishing sixth, in his first go past 2400m, after being cuddled around the trip in midfield on the fence. This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising. Interestingly, the Melbourne Cup is the only Group 1 race on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule. Finished superbly in the straight, threading runs here and there, and could almost have won it but for getting squeezed for room at the death, the downside of those coming from the back. He was moved up to stake his claim around the turn, and then in the straight we found out that, despite him flashing home for fourth in the 2400m Caulfield Cup, it turned out he couldn’t run out a strong 3200m after all, finishing 13th. Sixty five horses remain in contention for the 2020 Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup after second declarations for the race were taken today, Tuesday 13 October, up from the 64 horses who were declared at the same stage in 2019. VOW AND DECLARE: Obviously. Took this, his biggest challenge by far, in his stride as well, settling near the back from his wide gate, and flashing home for fifth, despite the lack of pace early benefiting most runners up front. He just never runs a bad race. Tiger Moth currently heads the betting with TAB for master trainer Aidan O’Brien following his second placing in the Group 1 Irish Derby, while the winner of that race, stablemate Santiago… DOWNDRAFT: Placed in the Moonee Valley Cup two Saturdays ago, then won the Hotham three days ago to qualify for this race.

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