Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m)
G1 handicap. Race 7, 3.00pm.
Despite that fact that this year’s G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner Mongolian Khan will miss the G1 Melbourne Cup due to illness, the Caulfield Cup remains the key lead-up race to the Cup.
Runner-up Trip To Paris and third-placed Our Ivanhowe have a heap of history in their favour in regards to winning the Melbourne Cup—the most important is that they ran well at Caulfield, but didn’t suffer a weight penalty (handicapper Greg Carpenter gave Mongolian Khan an extra 1kg).
Some of the recent Caulfield Cup placegetters to win the Melbourne Cup two and a half weeks later are: Delta Blues (third at Caulfield in 2006), Makybe Diva (second, 2004—she also was fourth in 2003); At Talaq (second, 1986), Arwon (second, 1978), Van Der Hum (third, 1976), Gala Supreme (second, 1973) Baghdad Note (third, 1970), Red Handed (second, 1967), Gatum Gatum (second, 1963) and Lord Fury (second, 1961).
Recent Melbourne Cup winners who were unplaced in the Caulfield Cup are: Viewed (2008), Makybe Diva (2003) and Jezabeel (1998).
Other Melbourne Cup runners that also ran in the Caulfield Cup this year are: Gust Of Wind (fourth), Snow Sky (fifth), Fame Game (sixth), Who Shot Thebarman (seventh), Hokko Brave (10...