Billed as the 'race that stops a nation', the Melbourne Cup can boast to being one of the richest and most prestigious two mile handicap horse races in the world. Run on the first Tuesday of November all eyes will be on Flemington Racecourse as the whole of Australia downs its tools for the day to watch the race. From a Melbourne Cup betting perspective the race shares a likeness to the Grand National, as punters have their one bet of the year. Part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival it is part of Australian racing heritage, an institution.
The Gai Waterhouse trained The Offer heads the ante-post betting for the 2014 Melbourne Cup. The former Ballydoyle gelding trained by Aiden O'Brien now plys his trade in Australia where he's won his last three outings including the Group 1 Sydney Cup last time out at Randwick.
Also near the head of the betting following the nominations announcement are the Japanese trained Authorized colt Bande and Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa who was last seen winning at York's Ebor meeting.
The 2013 Melbourne Cup winner was the Gai Waterhouse trained Fiorente who was sent off a 6/1 favourite with the bookmakers. Second in 2012, the former Sir Michael Stoute trained horse was a three quarter length winner.
Although a strong European challenge couldn't finish first past the post, they did occupy the next three places. Red Cadeaux trained by Ed Dunlop finished second like he did in 2011, ahead of the Luca Cumani traine Mount Athos in third and Simenon trained by Willie Mullins in fourth.
The barrier draw for the Melbourne Cup is made on the Saturday before the big race. The winner Fiorente in 2013 was drawn in barrier five, with the second and third horses home coming from high barrier draws. We'll have the draw for the 2014 as soon as it happens.
As with any horse race the form is an integral part of the betting and we have our very own form guide to help you pick out your bet for the race. The Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate are amongst the races we have covered in our Melbourne Cup Form Guide.
If its tips your after we have put together some picks for the 2014 renewal of the Melbourne Cup, for you to have a bet on. Why don't you check out our Melbourne Cup Tips.
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