Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

Held on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup, run over 3200m, is Australia’s major thoroughbred race, often termed ‘the world’s richest two-mile handicap’ – and recognised as a major sports event around the world. With over $6m in prize money, it’s no surprise that the best horses (or at least their owners) are eager to participate.

It’s held, of course, at Flemington, under the auspices of the Victorian Racing Club, and is open to all horses of three years and up. It’s hardly surprising that, each year, somewhere between three and four hundred horses are nominated – yet only 24 of them will make it to the start. Automatic entry is granted to the previous year’s winner, and to the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup champions of the current year. The rest of the initial Melbourne Cup field are entered into a ballot which takes account of key factors such as prize money gained by any horse in the last two years, wins or places in certain key races leading up to the event itself, and the handicap weight allotted to them.

When trying to predict Melbourne Cup results, assess odds, or offer tips, people will often analyse early spring carnival form, such as the races mentioned earlier. Add to this an influx of horses from Europe, and you’ll see there’s a wide range of form lines to consider. It’s worth noting that those arrivals from Europe who don’t have a lead-up run in Australia don’t usually do very well!

Whether a regular and keen punter or this is your only race of the year, bookmakers will be offering special Melbourne Cup odds to gain your attention, as you make your choice from the runners and riders.

Melbourne Cup News

Golden Slipper

This is a sprint for two-year-olds, held in Sydney at Rosehill Gardens. It is recognised as the richest race for this age group across the globe; it’s raced over a swift 1200m and is worth more than $3.5m.

The winner can appear from almost anywhere, but recent success has been found from horses who had run in either the Magic Night or Pago Pago Stakes. More traditionally, winning Golden Slipper results have been gained from horses in a couple of major lead-up events, namely the Group 2 Reisling and Todman Stakes.

In fact, the winners of all four of these races, as well as the Silver Slipper and the Sweet Embrace and Skyline Stakes all earn an automatic entry into the Golden Slipper field. So, as you can imagine, it’s not just the Golden Slipper itself that is highly contested.

This means that the maximum number of 16 entries is a given, and the final places are given to those horses which have gathered the most prize money in their racing careers up to that point. With such a competitive field, it’s no wonder that online bookmakers pay such attention, offering attractive Golden Slipper odds and betting options.

As you examine the runners and riders, you can gain Golden Slipper tips, and assess all the detailed information provided. Alternatively, you might just go for gut feeling for this iconic sprint – and it certainly won’t take long at Rosehill Gardens for the outcome to be delivered.

Golden Slipper News

Cox Plate

Named after the man who built Moonee Valley racecourse, this Group 1 2040m Thoroughbred race is held on a Saturday in late October. It’s worth over $3 million in prize money, placing it at number four in all our races, and is often called the Weight For Age Championship of Australia.

Our friends from across The Tasman are also keen participants; indeed in 1954, their Rising Fast won this race, plus the Caulfield and the Melbourne Cup. That’s just showing off!

A final Cox Plate field of just 14, plus four emergencies, has to be whittled down from an amazing two hundred or so nominations. This is why many recognise this as the strongest group of horses, taking part in the strongest all-round race you’ll find on our racing calendar. With this recognition as the premier WFA event, each horse takes part on an equal opportunity basis on the tight turns of Moonee Valley, where a poor start and a back position can quickly spell disaster, even if they are racing over 2km and more.

Which brings us to trying to predict Cox Plate results, or even set odds, and offer tips. It follows the Caulfield Stakes, and this and every other lead up event has its own relevance, and some even provide an automatic entry for the victors. As a punter, keen or casual, you appreciate the information to allow you to make your choices. This is a race where past form, especially one against another, is often hugely relevant to the race itself. Good luck as you make those key decisions!

Cox Plate News

Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup field is as classy as you would expect, given that it’s one of the world’s richest handicaps with over $3m in prize money, and is a truly prestigious Australian racing occasion. Raced each October over 2400 metres, featuring horses of three years and more, and held on the course it is named after, it’s a fitting centrepiece for the final day of the hugely popular Caulfield Cup Carnival.

As it is one of the earlier races in Melbourne’s Spring Carnival, the Caulfield Cup results also feed into the thinking for later races, such as the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup itself; in fact, the winner of this race gains automatic entry to the latter. Many Melbourne Cup nominees will also take part in this race.

This leads both punters and bookmakers to give it their full attention; incidentally, this can lead to a range of exciting Caulfield Cup odds and bets, to encourage you to be part of it. Experts analysing form, or providing Caulfield Cup tips, will also use the race to gain an understanding of how any horse might perform in the upcoming Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

The Caulfield Cup is restricted to 18 runners plus four emergencies, whittled down by ballot from a much larger initial entry of both home and overseas horses. As a handicap, each horse is allocated a weight to bear, determined by recent victories and accrued prize money. The aim? A level playing field and lesser-performed horses being provided with a genuine chance to shine.

As you assess the runners, and their chances, you’ll appreciate that the Caulfield Cup results can be a thrilling entry into the unknown, even if you keenly follow form. How about a role for gut feeling too?

Caulfield Cup News