A guide to the 2022 $3 million Melbourne Cup, which will be raced at over 3,200m at the famous Flemington Racecourse.
Entry order – horse – barrier – weight – odds – jockey
1: Golden Tour (14) – 57.5 kg – $15 – Mark Zahra
He finished second in the Caulfield Cup, he loves wet ground. In the mix but totally unknown at this distance.
2: Duais (10) – 55.5kg – $26 – Hugh Bowman
He’s in bad shape this spring. Can he recapture the heights of his fall campaign, winning the Australian Cup and the Tancred Stakes? I’m not sure.
3: Knightly Order (23) – 55.5kg – $17 – Tim Clark
Horror show at last year’s Melbourne Cup and not at his best on this track. He enjoys chipping off the ground, and he’s in better shape this time.
4: Montefilia (11) – 55.5kg – $11 – Jason Collett
He has been developing very well for this race and produced an eye-catching run in the Caulfield Cup. You can win.
Montefilia, pictured winning the Ranvet Stakes in March, has been in fine form ahead of the Melbourne Cup.
5: Numerian (7) – 55.5kg – $61 – Tommy Berry
From Annabel Neasham’s stable, but don’t think the gelding will make the 10,000-foot trek here. Happen.
6: No Fight (18) – 55.5kg – $11 – William Buick
A tough player who will not be happy with the draw of the barrier. Always on it and you’ll go the distance, but you just need to find a run. In that.
7: Brawl (17) – 55kg – $51 – Ben Melham
Absolutely shocking was the last start in a Group 1 over 2816m in Ireland. I would want the track to be completely dry, and it won’t be. No, thanks.
8: Legend of Deauville (9) – 55kg – $3.40 – Kerrin McEvoy
The light-running gelding is absolutely flying and now has nearly impossible odds to back up. McEvoy has won this race three times and is preparing for his fourth.
9: Stockman (2) – 54kg – $31 – Sam Clipperton
He can sneak into a place as long as he isn’t brought back early. It has fins, which will help, but it seems to be outclassed.
10: Swear and Declare (4) – 54kg – $26 – Blake Shinn
The 2019 winner is a few years older, but after a flat spot of form he is peaking for this.
11: Young Werther (20) – 54kg – $34 – Damian Lane
He keeps finding ways to lose despite the obvious class. He could sneak into the top five, but I can’t imagine him winning.
Deauville Legend have been heavily backed to win Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup
12: Hoo Ya Mal (15) – 53.5kg – $15 – Craig Williams
He won’t appreciate the wet conditions and got completely crushed on the last outing in England. He can win, but not confident.
13: Serpentine (22) – 53.5kg – $71 – John Allen
Lloyd Williams’ only runner in the race, the gelding could be looking for the lead, but he won’t be the first to pass the post. No possibility.
14: Daqiansweet Junior (13) – 53kg – $51 – Daniel Moor
It has almost nothing going for it here, other than weight. She would not be investing.
15: Big Walk (1) – 53kg – $81 – Harry Coffey
It was poor in last year’s Cup and hasn’t improved since. You’d be surprised if you approached them.
16: Arapaho (19) – 52.5kg – $81 – Rachel King
Great odds, but don’t worry about the generous price. There is a surprise every year and just imagining that you will enjoy the soft ground. Place?
17: Emissary (3) – 51.5kg – $34 – Pat Maloney
He earned his entry with a surprise win at the Geelong Cup and dropped 4.5kg in that race. I wouldn’t be surprised.
19: Smokin’ Romans (16) – 51.5kg – $16 – Jamie Kah
Fly absolutely this spring and get the services of one of the best riders in the country. It will be in the finish at a good price.
Champion jockey Jamie Kah will ride Smokin’ Romans, and both horse and jockey have been in top form.
20: Tralee Rose (21) – 51.5kg – $71 – Dean Yendall
Ninth in the Cup last year, but since then he has struggled with injuries. He is in better shape than he runs and has been easy on the eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised.
22: Alto Emocean (8) – 50kg – $51 – Teo Nugent
Cracking Ride earned her the Bendigo Cup, but she seems to be outclassed in this field. Place.
23: Performance (6) – 50kg – $41 – Craig Newitt
Lots of excitement when it arrived in Australia, but so far it has been disappointing. Good weight and will go the distance, but the last outing was average.
24: Flower Kingdom (5) – 50kg – $10 – Damian Thornton
Lightly raced lately, and is proven on this track and distance. At this weight, the one who remains gritty will definitely be in it.
All odds from TAB.com.au and correct as of 12:00pm on October 31st.