The $8million Melbourne Cup has attracted a capacity field of 24 with the early favourite being Irish raider Vauban from the Willie Mullins yard.
Favourites have won just one of the last 10 runnings of the Melbourne Cup.
The team at 7Plus Ratings has kindly supplied a Boxed Trifecta for the Cup and $3million Big Dance from Randwick. They divide both races into three categories – Main Chances; Fringe Players; Longshots
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Their Boxed Trifecta selects one horse from each of the first two categories plus two longshots in a bid to find you a big dividend.
Melbourne Cup Boxed Trifecta
MAIN CHANCE No.3 WITHOUT A FIGHT $7
“Caulfield Cup winner who returned a very high rating for winning the race. He hasn’t run a bad race in 2023 and jockey Mark Zahra chose to ride him over Gold Trip. He’s been well backed since the final field was announced on Saturday”
FRINGE PLAYER No.6 SOULCOMBE $11
“Huge run in Turnbull Stakes then bombed start and charged home in the Caulfield Cup. Flemington specialist, weighted to win and trained by big-race specialist, Chris Waller. They’ve taken the blinkers off and that usually helps horses begin out of the barriers better”
LONGSHOT No.11 ASHRUN $51
“Good run in the 2020 Cup then sidelined through injury for 3 years. Returned this spring, ran a bottler in Geelong Cup, which is often a good guide. Drops in weight from that and has won 4th-up previously plus his jockey, Kerrin McEvoy, has won three Melbourne Cups”
LONGSHOT No.16 MAGICAL LAGOON $151
“Imported galloper now trained by Chris Waller and her sectional times suggest this is a stamina horse. Was no surprise her best run since arriving in Aus was last start at her first go beyond 2000m. Might improve sharply out to 3200m”
Big Dance Boxed Trifecta
No.1 CEPHEUS $5.50
“Flying of late winning his past two starts clocking fast times. Wants the track dry and should get it by Tuesday afternoon”
No.4 WICKLOW $10
“Flew home behind the form horse of the Sydney spring, Unspoken, last start when resuming from a spell. His ratings left two to three lengths when second-up and looks the one to beat at a great price”
No.15 PRINCE OF HELENA $26
“Victorian visitor that peaks every preparation when he’s third-up from a spell. Had no right to get within three lengths of them last start given the misfortune he had. Big improver.”
No.24e LIONS ROAR $23
“Needs a handful to scratch in order to get a run but if he does he’s a terrific outsider in the race. Was unlucky in the run when 2.3 lengths off Cepheus three starts back”
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