In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Lexus Melbourne Cup will be run. I know this because I’m hosting the show on Sky Sports Racing and hopefully you will tune in!
I love the Melbourne Cup and used to host the programme all the time before regular trips to the Breeders’ Cup ruled me out. However, with the journey to Keeneland off this time due to Covid, I am back on the night shift and cannot wait.
Of course, you are reading this in the hope I might have some views on the race that stops plenty of a nation. So I have picked out a main selection for you and a big-priced each-way shot. The draw has not been kind to Tiger Moth, so I have to take him on from stall 23.
No horse has won from that box since 1976.
Anthony Van Dyck has a huge weight, while Sir Dragonet might not stay although he was amazing in the Cox Plate.
My main fancy is former French star FINCHE, who was sent off favourite in 2019 and eventually finished seventh behind Vow and Declare. Since then, Finche has yet to land an event, but he continues to run well for Chris Waller and was last seen in fifth behind Verry Elleegant in the Caulfield Cup. He was outpaced that day, but this two-mile trip is much more his thing and he has place claims at the very least. Has a top draw in stall six.
My each-way poke at a big price is AVILIUS, who travelled like a monster in the Caulfield Cup before ending up one place behind Finche. Avilius is high in the handicap for a horse who has won nothing for many races, but he’s clearly got ability. He’s not a certain stayer, but he will travel better than most for much of the trip. Stall 10 looks good.
So best of luck everyone and let’s hope for an Aussi Yeeehaaa!