Pick The Cup Winner
Of The Melbourne Cup By Max Hitchins

Our 'Need To Know' page

of International Race Reviews

My Dad was a bookmaker in the North Western NSW town of Moree. One of his favourite sayings was “Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted."

I spend in excess of 300 hours each year researching the Melbourne Cup runners. I’d like to share some of my research with you on this 'Need To Know' page. Because so many Melbourne Cup runners are now ‘internationals' we have created this page for you to check out some of the races the internationals’ have run in during the last 12 month. We will also   add some of our Australian 'lead up' events as we progress towards the Cup.

International horses and their races

Torcedor's 2nd in the Goodwood Cup
Run on 31st July 2018
Distance 3219 metres
Weight carried: 61.23 kgs
Weight allocated in 2018 Melbourne Cup: 57kgs
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9OufRoDP04 

(Breaking News 28/9/18: Torcedor out of the 2018 Melbourne Cup)
See: https://www.racing.com/news/2018-09-28/news-torcedor-out-of-melbourne-cup

 

Latrobe (IRE)
3 yr old (Northern Hemisphere)
Recent run: 2/6 in Irish St Leger 17/9 Won easily by Flag of Honour
Distance: 2800
Weight carried: 57.6
Melbourne Cup weight: 52.0
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Brenton Avdulla
Order Of Entry: #6 at 9/10/18 
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
Video: https://youtu.be/mgDs5w0nk_w
Pedigree Info

Hamada (GB)
Recent run: Geoffrey Freer Stakes
(Hamada's 5th win in a row)
Distance:  2600 m
Weight carried: 59.42kgs
Melbourne Cup weight:  53.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: tba
Original Order Of Entry: 40
Trainer. Charlie Applebee
Video: https://www.racing.com/news/2018-08-19/melbourne-cup-hope-hamada-wins-geoffrey-freer
 Note: Biggest field he has run in: 11
Runs over 3200m: 0
Longest distance attempted: 2600
Flag of Honour (IRE)
Recent run: 2/6 in Irish St Leger 17/9 Won easily by Flag of Honour
Distance: 2800
Weight carried: 57kgs
Melbourne Cup weight:  51kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 85
Trainer: Aiden O’Brien
Video: https://youtu.be/mgDs5w0nk_w     Race 6
 
Nakeeta  (GB)
7 yr old gelding
Recent run: Ebor Handicap. 25/8
7th of 20.
Distance: 2600
Weight carried: 60.33kgs
Maitland Handicap 7th of 14.  15th Sept.  2800m.  63kgs.
Melbourne Cup weight: 53
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 43
Trainer: Ian Jardine
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_nWp9itEso
Nakita a long way behind winner Muntahaar
 
Muntahaar (GB)
Recent run:  Ebor Handicap  25/8/18
Distance: 2600m
Weight carried:  61.2kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 55.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: tea
Original Order Of Entry: 13
Trainer: John Gosden
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_nWp9itEso
Note: Interesting tactics of staying wide from Gate #21
 
Withhold (GB)
Recent run: Northumberland Plate 3200m.  30th June  2018
Distance:  3200
Weight carried:  57.6
Melbourne Cup weight:  53kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:  Silvestre de Sousa
Original Order Of Entry: 58   (#37 at 10/8/18)
Trainer: R. Charlton
Video: Northumberland Plate
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=withhold+northumberland+plate&rlz=1CDGOYI_enAU738AU738&oq=withhold+nort&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.35333j0j9&hl=en-GB&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
 Note:  The Caesawatch is a MUST watch video
 
Marmelo (GB)
5 yr old horse
Recent run:  2nd Prix Kergorlay on 19/8/19
Distance: 2800
Weight carried: 59.8 kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 55kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 19
Trainer:  Hughie Morrison
Video: Prix Kergorlay:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7nhp6aMqroE
Video: Prix Maurice de Nieuil July 15th    https://www.racingandsports.tv/marmelo-prix-maurice-de-nieuil-parislongchamp-14-0-v-286C
Video: 2017 Melbourne Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjKtYir06m0
 
 Count Octave  (GB)
5 yr old horse
Recent run: 2nd in Lonsdale Cup on 25/8/18
Distance: 3270 metres
Weight carried:  58.13
Melbourne Cup weight: 54
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 28 (30 at 9/10/18)
Trainer: Chris Waller
Video: Lonsdale Cup. https://www.racingandsports.tv/stradivarius-the-horse-that-won-1million-racing-uk-v-29NA
Pedigree Info
 
 
 
 
Magic Circle (IRE)
7 yr old gelding
Recent run:  Chester Cup 11/5/18
Distance:  3600
Weight carried: 57.15
Also won over 3200 metres on 24/5
Melbourne Cup weight:  56.00kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 8
Trainer: Ian Williams
Video: Chester Cup. https://www.racinguk.com/news/magic-circle-puts-up-spectacular-display-in-chester-cup
 
Best Solution (GB)
5yr old horse
Recent run: 1st in Group l Grosser Preis von Berlin, (2400m), August 12 2018
Distance: 2400m
Weight carried: 59.97
Melbourne Cup weight: 57.5
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry:#2  (#3 at 9/10/18)
Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czHnRHnxERQ
Group l Grosser Preis von Berlin, (2400m), August 12 2018
(It’s in German. Look for #1 Blue colours. Running second last most of the race)
Pedigree Info
 
Chestnut Coat. (JPN)
5 yr old horse
Recent run: 5th in Tenno Sho in Japan 29/4/18
Distance: 2 miles
Weight carried: 58.4kgs
Melbourne Cup weight:  55.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: #14 at 9/10/18
Trainer: Yoshiti Yahagi
Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=UUdra6GGA6M
Note: 5th to Rainbow Line & Cheval Grand in Tenno Sho. Tosen Basel was 6th on 29/4/18.    
 
Cross Counter (GB)
4 yr old
Recent run: Gordon Stakes 4/8/18
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 57.61kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 51kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry:  (#19 at 9/10/18)
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sn9eF5As74
Note: Broke the track record in the Gordon Stakes. Only four horses in the race.
Pedigree Info
 

Red Verdon (USA)
6 yr old horse
Recent run: Lonsdale Cup 24/8/18
Distance: 2 miles
Weight carried: 58.51kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 36 (#29 at 9/10/18)
Trainer: Ed Dunlop
Video: Lonsdale Cup. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu9UPM7j1hA
Note: Beaten by 8lengths by Stradivarius and CountOctave

 Yucatan (IRE)
Recent run: Herbert Power Handicap 13/10/18
Distance: 2400 metres
Weight carried: 56kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54.5 (after penalty)
Melbourne Cup Jockey: James McDonald
Original Order Of Entry: #24 (after 2.5kls penalty for winning Herbert Power on 13/10/18)
Trainer: Aiden O’Brien
Video:   https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/fields-results/results/herbert-power-stakes-results-and-replay-2018/477136

 
 
 
Australian 'lead up' races
 
Ace High
4 yr old horse
Recent run: Won G2 Hill Stakes - Randwick - 28/9/18
Distance: 2000m
Weight carried: 58kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 55kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 15  (4 at 9/10/18)
Trainer: David Payne
Video: Hill Stake.  https://youtu.be/eX6JBG_so9s
 
Homesman
Recent run: 1/9 Underwood Stakes 30/9/18 (2nd Tosen Basel); (3rd Humidor)
Distance: 1800
Weight carried: 59kgs
Melbourne Cup weight:  53kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: tba
Original Order Of Entry: 47
Trainer: Liam Howley
Owner. Lloyd Williams
Video:   https://www.racing.com/news/2018-09-30/review-tradesman-like-homesman-wins-tosen-basil-battle-in-underwood-stakes
 
Tosen Basil (JPN)
Ran 2nd in Underwood Stakes 30/9/18 to Homesman
Recent run: https://www.racing.com/news/2018-09-30/review-tradesman-like-homesman-wins-tosen-basil-battle-in-underwood-stakes
Distance: 1800 m
Weight carried:  59kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 55.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 14
Trainer: D. Weir
Video:  Ran 6th in 2018 Tenno Sho.
Chestnut Coat ran 5th in Tenno Sho
https://youtu.be/UUdra6GGA6M
 
Avilius
Recent run: Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes on  15th September 2018
Distance: 2000
Weight carried: 56kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 53kgs
Avilius received 1.5kgs for winning the Bart Cummings.  He will now carry 54.5kgs in the Melbourne Cup. 
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 45
Trainer: James Cummings
Owner: Godolphin
Video: Kingstown:  https://www.punters.com.au/news/melbourne-cup-watch-_172514/
Video: Caulfield Cup on 20/10/18
 
Jaameh
Recent run: 2nd in The Bart Cummings 5/10/18
Distance: 2500
Weight carried: 54kgd
Melbourne Cup weight: 50kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 136
Trainer: David Hayes
Video: List of runners
https://www.punters.com.au/news/melbourne-cup-watch-_172514/
Video: The Bart Cummings 5/10/18
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RpvC72EeeHU
Pedigree Info
 
Kings Will Dream
5 yr old gelding
Recent run:
Distance: 2400
Weight carried:  53
Melbourne Cup weight: 53
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 49
Trainer:  DK Weir
Video: 3rd to Winx in Underwood Stakes  5/10/18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rxXgWylMNI
Video:   
Caulfield Cup
 
 
 
(Thoughts, ideas and systems to improve your chances with Trifecta betting) 

 

How To Pick The Winner Of
The 2018 Melbourne Cup

Just $9.95 for
immediate download.
Click here to order
Facebook Twitter youTube