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2014 Melbourne Cup News & Tips!

The race that stops a nation; that is what the Melbourne Cup Thoroughbred Horse race is referred too. This race is by far the most popular sporting event held in Australia. This years race will be held on Tuesday 4 November. It is the highlight of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The Melbourne Cup, which first ran in 1961, is famous for its 24 horse field. Horses from Australia and around the world compete for the coveted 6.8 million dollar prize pool. This race is a challenge for the avid punter seeking to pick a winner with so many variables involved.

If a 24 horse field is not enough, the track conditions, the inevitable draw and many runners from around the globe; make the Melbourne Cup one of the most fascinating horse racing events on the planet.

Some 2014 Melbourne Cup News

The winner of the 2013 Melbourne Cup was Fiorente. The ongoing favourite for 2014 is the pride and joy of Japan; Admire Rakti. Admire Rakti is the winner of the 2014 Caulfield Cup and was recently penalized 0.5 Kg for doing so. Admire Rakti will be running at over 58 Kg. The last horse to win at that top weight was Makybe Diva in 2005.

A Few 2014 Melbourne Cup Tips

Choosing a horse that will win, place or show at the Melbourne Cup is no easy task. Just because a horse is the favourite does not ensure victory. Admire Rakti can certainly not be ruled out. However, the Melbourne Cup is a 3200 metre race and the last time this horse ran at this distance in Japan he finished 13th.

There are several horses to consider in this field of 24. Let’s review them now.

Protectionist – Protectionist is a German racehorse with a career record of 8-4-3-1. This horse has always been in the money. The concern here is that Protectionist has never ran in a field of more than 10.

Fawkner – Fawkner is an Aussie favourite and has a career racing record of 23-9-4-3. Fawkner won the 2013 Caulfield Cup and finished 6th at the 2013 Melbourne Cup. There are some who feel this horse will show up to run on 4 November. He has the legs to go the distance.

Lucia Valentina – Lucia Valentina is an elite horse out of New Zealand. She recently won at Flemington and finished 3rd in the Caulfield Cup. Some believe with a little more distance this horse could have given Admire Rakti a go of it.

The Latest Odds (Top 10)

Admire Rakti 4.60

Protectionist 6.50

Lucia Valentina 7.50

Fawkner 13.00

Junoob 17.00

Araldo 21.00

Brambles 21.00

Mutual Regard 21.00

Red Cadeaux 21.00

The Offer 21.00

The Final Word

The Melbourne Cup is an elite horse race and draws the best racing talent the world has to offer. The field is huge and the distance challenging, but the horses that make this event are up to the challenge. The average winning weight in the Melbourne Cup is 54.5 Kg. Some of the favourites may appear to be a little heavy, but they are the cream of the crop.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup is only 2 weeks away. The excitement is building and the odds are bound to change. Will the favourite Admire Rakti earn the respect bestowed or will a hidden gem break out of the field and race to glory?

Punters beware! Do your homework on this one. Take all the variables into consideration. Go with your gut, but use all of the punting tools at your disposal before making a commitment. The top 4 horses in the odds right now are Admire Rakti, Protectionist, Lucia Valentina and Fawkner. All 4 deserve the punters attention. Get ready for the 2014 Melbourne Cup and choose wisely!

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