Melbourne Cup 2012 News | Betting Odds | Tips | Results & Field Australia's best source of Melbourne Cup 2012 News, Melbourne Cup Odds, Melbourne Cup Tips, Melbourne Cup Results, Melbourne Cup Fields and Melbourne Cup Form Guides Sat, 04 Feb 2012 05:48:10 +0000 en hourly 1 Melbourne Cup seventh Fox Hunt to make debut for Godolphin Sat, 04 Feb 2012 05:48:10 +0000 Fox Hunt, who found a chequered path when finishing seventh in last year’s Melbourne Cup, makes his debut for Godolphin in tonight’s Tabloid Trophy (2800m) at Meydan.

Formerly trained by Mark Johnston, Fox Hunt was one of two runners for the master horseman in last year’s race, with the Scot also having Irish St Leger joint winner Jukebox Jury in the race.

However, the son of Dubawi was arguably the hard luck story of the race, making up a heap of late ground to finish seventh, less than two and a half lengths from Dunaden.

Now trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, his rivals tonight include Dee Stakes winner and Melbourne Cup prospect Glen’s Diamond, one time Goodwood Cup runner up Electrolyser and the evergreen Nanton.

Fox Hunt has to carry 60kg but has the services of champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

The race, the last of six on the card, is to be run at 1am AEST.

Written by Andrew Hawkins


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2011 Melbourne Cup replay Thu, 24 Nov 2011 02:07:56 +0000 Dubbed as being the closest Melbourne Cup finish, CupInfo gives readers a full replay of the race that stops the nation.

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What the jockeys said after the 2011 Melbourne Cup Tue, 01 Nov 2011 06:35:09 +0000 What the jockeys said after the running of the Group One $6 million Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE (Dunaden) 1st – “I was a bit anxious (after the race), I know it was a bit close. I was told maybe the horse on the outside win so I was a bit disappointed because the horse gave everything, but then they said you win. It’s a great, great moment.”

MICHAEL RODD (Red Cadeaux) 2nd – “I would have preferred to get beaten by half a length than get beaten like that. He’s run really well. We had a beautiful run through the race. I saved all the ground and came out when I wanted to. He felt fantastic, I was able to hold him up until about the 400 (metres) then he showed a turn of foot I wasn’t expecting. He’s tried really hard, it’s taken a good horse to beat him, it hurts.”

COREY BROWN (Lucas Cranach) 3rd – “He ran super. He had all the breaks, he got the perfect run in the race and I peeled him out at the 600 metres and travelled up. Wasn’t to be, he had every chance. The issues he had prior to the Caulfield Cup may have been the difference. Without that in the picture, he might have been a couple of lengths better horse. He did really well.”

GERALD MOSSE (Americain) 4th – “I think the ground was a bit firm for him. He gave me a good acceleration in the straight but he started to get tired in the last 50 metres with the weight and the ground. He’s very honest and tried his best.”

DAMIEN OLIVER (Manighar) 5th – “He ran really well. He looked a real chance straightening up and fought on really well. It was a brave fifth.”

WILLIAM BUICK (Lost In The Moment) 6th – “Delighted. I was very happy. The horse gave me everything. I had a great run through. He had every chance and ran his heart out. He’s probably just not quite at this level yet but he is a horse on the up and this must surely be a target in the future.”

SILVESTRE DE SOUSA (Fox Hunt) 7th – “Ran a good race. He’s had a hard season and hit a flat spot from the 1000 metres but he ran a good race.”

DEAN YENDALL (Niwot) 8th – “He ran out of his skin. We got a great run in transit, I produced him when I needed to produce him and he stuck it out really well. He went tremendous.”

BRAD RAWILLER (Unusual Suspect) 9th – “He ran fantastic. There was a scrimmage early, he just got outsprinted when they dashed and he just kept going to the line at the one speed.”

STEVEN KING (At First Sight) 10th – “He gave me a beautiful ride and was nice and relaxed. He’s probably just a question mark at two miles (3200m). He paddled a bit from the 400 metres onwards.”

DARREN BEADMAN (Precedence) 11th – “He ran well, he just wouldn’t settle.”

DWAYNE DUNN (Drunken Sailor) 12th – “Had a great run in transit, just didn’t run the trip.”

CRAIG NEWITT (The Verminator) 13th – “He gave me a great ride. He just didn’t run the trip. He ran really good until halfway up the straight.”

CHRIS MUNCE (Tullamore) 14th – “He was a bit tardy out of the gates, he went up when they flew open. He struck trouble on a few different occasions but I thought on the home turn he was going to make a run on them. His run just gave way in the straight.”

BRETT PREBBLE (Moyenne Corniche) 15th – “He switched off quite nice. At the 600 (metres) I thought I was going to be in the first five but he just got tired towards the end.”

CHRIS SYMONS (Saptapadi) 16th – “We were always going to go back from barrier 22, so just half missed it, skipped across their heels, had a lovely run. I thought the horse went fair and I was happy enough with the effort.”

TIM CLARK (Older Than Time) 17th – “I thought she ran alright for an outsider. I rode her quiet and she worked home and passed a few. She ran the two miles but probably wasn’t classy enough for them.”

GLYN SCHOFIELD (Hawk Island) 18th – “I copped a bit of interference but he got back a bit, travelled well, gave a bit of a sight but wasn’t good enough.”

JIM CASSIDY (Illo) 19th – “We anticipated being fourth or fifth but with Tullamore rearing at the start and Glass Harmonium missing it, it took all the pace out of the race so with a lap to go I was in front where I didn’t want to be. Our run was tempo-related but take nothing away from the winner, it turned out to be a good Cup.”

NEIL CALLAN (Jukebox Jury) 20th – “No excuses really. We got a nice position forward and he felt in a nice rhythm all the way round then he turned it up in the straight. We’ll come back again.”

LUKE NOLEN (Shamrocker) 21st – “Found a nice spot midfield three deep with cover but she started to give ground from the 1400.”

LISA CROPP (Glass Harmonium) 22nd – “He missed the start. I don’t think he stayed, we got a fair enough trip into it but he never looked likely from the turn.”

KERRIN MCEVOY (Modun) 23rd and last – “I had an ordinary run in the race, I didn’t get any cover and he was just a bit keen throughout the trip. Because of that he didn’t run the trip out.”


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Dunaden wins Melbourne Cup 2011 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 05:27:52 +0000 Dunaden survived the closest finish in the history of the Melbourne Cup to give France its second straight victory in Australia’s greatest race.

The judges had to use extreme magnification to separate Dunaden ($8.50) from English horse Red Cadeaux ($31).

Germany’s Lucas Cranach ($13) was third, just edging last year’s winner Americain ($5 favourite) into fourth.

The race was dominated by international runners, who filled nine of the first 10 places. Niwot (seventh) was the first local runner home.

Dunaden’s jockey Christophe Lemaire, who arrived in Australia 24 hours before the race after Craig Williams lost an appeal to keep the ride, shed tears when judges gave him the verdict.

“It’s incredible – it’s a great moment for me,” Lemaire said.

“I feel very sorry for Craig. He’s a good friend of mine.

“I know it’s very hard for him but it’s part of a jockey’s life and I’m sure he’ll win the Melbourne Cup one year.”

Dunaden followed the same path as Americain, winning the Geelong Cup in his only start in Australia before the Cup.

The victory lands his Qatari owner Sheik Fahad al Thani $3.6 million plus a trophy worth $175,000.

It was a triumph for French trainer Mikel Delzangles, a former assistant in the stable of Americain’s trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre at Chantilly.

“I’m still shaking. It’s amazing. I thought I was beaten, so it’s even better,” Delzangles said.

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Melbourne Cup 2011 late scratching – Mourayan Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:19:23 +0000 Lloyd Williams owned Mourayan has been scratched from today’s Melbourne Cup due to hoof problems. There was talks that Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes runner up may be having issues after an announcement that he would wear bar plates in the race.

The Lloyd Williams-owned Mourayan has been scratched from the Melbourne Cup with soreness in a toe due to corrective shoeing.

Mourayan was a $15 chance in the Cup and was to have been ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Williams still has At First Sight in the Cup with Steven King to ride.

Last year’s winner Americain remains the $4.60 TAB Sportsbet favourite ahead of his French compatriot Dunaden at $8.50.

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Melbourne Cup 2011 day scratchings Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:59:17 +0000 The biggest day of racing on the Australian calendar (Melbourne Cup day) has arrived and Just Horse Racing takes a look at the scratchings that were received this morning for every race on the ten race card.

Melbourne Cup day Field’s & Form Guide

Race 1: 17 Real Stolle, 18 She’s A Monet, 19 Samburu

Race 2: 4 Royal Commands, 18 Cabasso, 19 Oriental Ruby, 20 Kim Heaven

Race 3: 1 Back In Black, 2 I’m Jake, 9 Montahlia, 18 North Lodge, 21 Debecca

Race 4: 4 Banchee, 7 Ardeche, 16 Tariana, 20 Guiseppina

Race 5: No scratchings

Race 6: No scratchings

Race 7: No scratchings

Race 8: 1 Linton, 2 Red Colossus, 11 Blackie, 13 Tiakinui, 20 Letchworth

Race 9: 4 Perturbo, 9 Royal Ida, 12 Stirling Grove, 24 Cascabel

Race 10: 15 Sussuro, 16 Saint Angers, 19 Goldstone, 20 Don’t Wake Me

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Flemington comes alive for the Melbourne Cup Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:31:51 +0000 After a successful start to the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) Melbourne Cup Carnival on Saturday, Flemington Racecourse will today come alive for the running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

With mild weather and a top of 20 degrees forecast for the first Tuesday in November, the VRC is expecting more than 100,000 through the gates.

Gates open at 8.30am with the first race scheduled for 10.20am. Racegoers are encouraged to catch public transport to Flemington, with the first train departing Flinders Street Station at 8.15am, then at five minute intervals throughout the day.

VRC Chief Executive Dale Monteith said the Emirates Melbourne Cup, the richest handicap race in the world, was the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar.

“This is the race that captures the imagination of owners, trainers, jockeys, and indeed the public, like nothing else,” Mr Monteith said.

“With a record 11 international runners going up against Australia’s greatest, the question is, ‘which nation will take home this year’s Cup?’

“Millions of people around the globe will be watching today at 3pm, when another horse passes Flemington’s famous winning post into the history books of Australia’s greatest race.”

French defending champion, Americain, is the $5.50 favourite with TAB Sportsbet to again take home the iconic Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy, valued at $175,000 in 2011. Niwot, a $101 chance before winning the Lexus Stakes on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, has been the major market mover, firming to $10.60 at 8.00am.

The traditional pre-Cup entertainment will feature Australia’s most successful athletes of 2011 – Tour de France champion, Cadel Evans, and world 100 metre hurdle champion, Sally Pearson. The Australian national anthem will be performed by the Ten Tenors.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day has gained a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition is expected to be fiercely competitive on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, regarded as the day to make the strongest fashion statement.

Women’s Racewear will be judged this morning, followed by the invitation only Design Award, showcasing some of Australia’s best racewear designers. Hats are desirable on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day along with the signature yellow rose worn in the lapel.

Today’s last race is at 5.15pm and Metro is running extra services from Flemington to the city.

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Melbourne Cup 2011 odds comparison Mon, 31 Oct 2011 07:29:40 +0000 has compiled an easy to read odds comparison for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 3200 metres at Flemington racecourse showing the markets from each of Australia’s best online bookmakers. Get the best odds now.

1. Americain (15) 5.00 5.50 5.00 5.50 5.00
2. Jukebox Jury (6) 12.00 14.00 14.00 14.00 12.00
3. Dunaden (13) 7.50 9.00 8.00 7.50 7.50
4. Drunken Sailor (13) 41.00 41.00 41.00 41.00 41.00
5. Glass Harmonium (23) 26.00 26.00 26.00 26.00 26.00
6. Manighar (21) 31.00 41.00 41.00 41.00 31.00
7. Unusual Suspect (7) 41.00 41.00 41.00 34.00 41.00
8. Fox Hunt (19) 31.00 34.00 31.00 34.00 31.00
9. Lucas Cranach (11) 13.00 12.00 12.00 13.00 13.00
10. Mourayan (14) 15.00 15.00 16.00 14.00 15.00
11. Precedence (2) 41.00 41.00 51.00 41.00 41.00
12. Red Cadeaux (16) 31.00 31.00 31.00 31.00 31.00
13. Hawk Island (18) 101.00 101.00 101.00 101.00 101.00
14. Illo (1) 21.00 19.00 21.00 19.00 21.00
15. Lost In The Moment (3) 31.00 34.00 31.00 26.00 31.00
16. Modun (5) 31.00 26.00 26.00 26.00 31.00
17. At First Sight (10) 13.00 14.00 14.00 14.00 13.00
18. Moyenne Corniche (17) 26.00 26.00 26.00 26.00 26.00
19. Saptapadi (22) 81.00 81.00 91.00 91.00 81.00
20. Shamrocker (24) 51.00 51.00 51.00 55.00 51.00
21. The Verminator (4) 101.00 91.00 101.00 101.00 101.00
22. Tullamore (12) 26.00 26.00 26.00 26.00 26.00
23. Niwot (9) 10.00 9.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
24. Older Than Time (20) 151.00 151.00 151.00 101.00 151.00

Odds last updated 6pm 31/10/2011

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Melbourne Cup 2011 tips printout Mon, 31 Oct 2011 07:18:03 +0000 The team at has compiled a list of our tips for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup day, to give readers an easy to read race by race printout to take to the track or to use at the TAB, home or anywhere using your mobile device.

Melbourne Cup day Form Guide

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Facts about the Melbourne Cup Mon, 31 Oct 2011 06:55:00 +0000 Some facts about the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday.

* First run in 1861 under the banner of the Victorian Turf Club and won by the Etienne de Mestre-trained Archer who beat the favourite Mormon by six lengths. The prize was 1420 pounds and the trophy a gold watch.

* Archer came back the following year to beat Mormon, this time by eight lengths, a record margin that still stands (it was equalled in 1968 by Rain Lover).

* De Mestre would go on to train three other winners of the Melbourne Cup – Tim Whiffler (1867), Chester (1877) and Calamia (1878).

* Trainer Bart Cummings claimed the first of his 12 Melbourne Cups in 1965 with Light Fingers. The following year stablemate Galilee was the only horse to prevent Light Fingers making it back-to-back Cups and in 1967 Red Handed gave Cummings his third straight victory.

* Cummings’ other winners are Think Big (1974, 1975), Gold And Black (1977), Hyperno (1979), Kingston Rule (1990), Let’s Elope (1991), Saintly (1996), Rogan Josh (1999) and Viewed (2008).

* Other trainers to have multiple Cup wins include:

5 – Lee Freedman: Tawrrific (1989), Subzero (1992), Doriemus (1995), Makybe Diva (2004, 2005).

4 – John Tait: The Barb (1866), Glencoe (1868), The Pearl (1871), The Quack (1872); Richard Bradfield: Patron (1894), The Victory (1902), Night Watch (1918), Backwood (1924); James Scobie: Clean Sweep (1900), King Ingoda (1922), Bitalli (1923), Trivalve (1927); W S Hinkenbothem: Mentor (1888), Carbine (1890), Newhaven (1896), Blue Spec (1905).

* In 1972 the race was altered to the metric distance of 3200m, 18.7 metres or 61.5 feet short of two miles.

* Kingston Rule holds the metric race record of 3:16.30.

* 1985 marked the dawn of a new era for the Cup with prizemoney raised to $1 million. The owners of What A Nuisance received $650,000 and a $23,000 Cup.

* This year the race is worth $3.6 million to the winning owners along with a trophy valued at $175,000.
* Four-year-olds and five-year-olds have the best record of any age group in the race with 43 winners each. Other age groups are three-year-old (23), six-year-old (29), seven-year-old (10) and eight-year-old (2).

* The oldest horses to win the race were the eight-year-olds Toryboy (1865) and Catalogue (1938).

* The last three-year-old to win was Skipton (1941), who gave champion jockey Billy Cook his first Cup win.

* There have been no dead-heats for first in the race but Topical and Gaine Carrington dead-heated for third in Hall Mark’s 1933 Cup and Lahar and Zazabelle also dead-heated for third in the 1999 Cup won by Rogan Josh.

* Bobby Lewis and Harry White are the most successful jockeys. In 33 rides in the Cup Lewis saluted the judge four times with The Victory (1902), Patrobas (1915), Artilleryman (1919) and Trivalve in 1927. He was also runner-up four times and finished third on Phar Lap in 1929.

* Harry White steered the Bart Cummings-trained Think Big to successive victories in 1974 and 1975. He was back in the winner’s circle again with Arwon in 1978 and another Cummings’ runner Hyperno in 1979.

* Think Big failed to win a race between his two Melbourne Cup wins.

* Horses to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne Cups double in the same year: Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997) and Ethereal in 2001.

* Rising Fast would again win the Caulfield Cup in 1955 before running second to the Tommy Smith-trained Toparoa in the Melbourne Cup.

* Dual Melbourne Cup winners: Archer (1861-62), Peter Pan (1932 and 1934), Rain Lover (1968-69), Think Big (1974-75).

* Makybe Diva is the only horse to win the Cup three times in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

* Peter Pan was unable to contest the 1933 Melbourne Cup due to muscular rheumatism.

* Perhaps the unluckiest of all Melbourne Cup runners was Shadow King who ran in six Cups between 1929 and 1935 finishing third to Phar Lap in 1930, second to White Nose in 1931, third to Peter Pan in 1932 and second again behind Hall Mark in 1933.

* The longest-priced horses to win the race were The Pearl 100-1 (1871), Wotan 100-1 (1936), Old Rowley 100-1 (1940) and Rimfire 80-1 (1948).

* In 150 Melbourne Cups, 32 favourites have won with the shortest-priced winners being Archer 2-1 (1862), Tim Whiffler 5-2 (1867), Revenue 7-4 (1901), Phar Lap 8-11 (1930), Even Stevens 3-1 (1962), Let’s Elope 3-1 (1991) and Makybe Diva at 5-2 in 2004.

* Melbourne Cup winners to produce other Melbourne Cup winners:- Grand Flaneur (1880) sired Bravo (1889) and Patron (1894); Malua (1884) sired Malvolio (1891); Comedy King (1910) sired Artilleryman (1919) and King Ingoda (1922); Spearfelt (1926) sired Dark Felt (1943); Marabou (1935) sired Skipton (1941); Silver Knight (1971) sired Black Knight (1984).

* Heaviest weights carried in the Cup:- Winners – Carbine 10.5 (65.5kg), Archer 10.2 (64.5kg), Poitrel 10.0 (63.5kg), Redcraze 10.3 (65kg).

Others: Rising Fast 10.0 (65.5kg) 2nd, Eurythmic 10.5 (65.5kg) broke down, Phar Lap 10.10 (68kg) in 1931 8th, Peter Pan 10.6 (66kg) in 1935 15th.

* Trainers who have won the race before and have a runner on Tuesday: Alain De Royer-Dupre – Americain (Americain 2010); Mike Moroney – Glass Harmonium (Brew 2000); Bart Cummings – Precedence, Illo (Viewed 2008, Rogan Josh 1999, Saintly 1996, Let’s Elope 1991, Kingston Rule 1990, Hyperno 1979, Gold And Black 1997, Think Big 1974-75, Red Handed 1967, Galilee 1966, Light Fingers 1965).

* Jockeys who have won the Cup before with a ride this year: Gerald Mosse – Americain (Americain 2010); Damien Oliver – Manighar (Doreimus 1995, Media Puzzle 2002); Corey Brown – Lucas Cranach (Shocking 2009); Darren Beadman – Precedence (Kingston Rule 1990, Saintly 1996); Michael Rodd – Red Cadeaux (Efficient 2007); Jim Cassidy – Illo (Kiwi 1983, Might And Power 1997); Kerrin McEvoy – Modun (Brew 2000); Steven King – At First Sight (Let’s Elope 1991); Chris Munce – Tullamore (Jezabeel 1998).


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