Pick The Cup Winner
Of The Melbourne Cup By Max Hitchins

Our 'Need To Know' page

of International and Australian 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 normally spend in excess of 300 hours each year researching the Melbourne Cup runners. But this year it has been closer to 500 hours. 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 these Internationals have run in during the last 12 month.  It looks like there could be as many as 16 Internationals in the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

As at the 31/10/18 there are still 47 horses vying for the 24 spots. The Order Of Entry, below, shows all of these horses with additional details for the first 30 horses in order. There are two more races this weekend that may have some effect of the final field. So, I invite you to keep coming back to this page to keep updated. (And tell your friends about this page too. Thanks :)  

You'll find videos of international races and local lead up events. I have spent hours and hours collecting and watching these. Many are fascinating.  Yucatan is the favourite for the 2018 Melbourne Cup...and the reason is...because of his amazing performance in winning the Herbert Power Stakes on the 13/10/18.   https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/fields-results/results/herbert-power-stakes-results-and-replay-2018/477136 

As well as the video's you will find links to a pedigree page  telling of the breeding on most of the horses...particularly the Internationals.

Order of Entry

#1. Best Solution (GB)
5 yr old horse
Recent run: Caulfield Cup
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 57.5
Melbourne Cup weight: 57.5 +Caulfield Cup penalty
Melbourne Cup Jockey:  P Cosgrove
Order of Entry #3
Video: Recent run: 1st in Group l Grosser Preis von Berlin, (2400m), August 12 2018
Weight carried: Weight carried: 59.97
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czHnRHnxERQ
(It’s in German. Look for #1 Blue colours. Running second last most of the race)
Video: Won Caulfield Cup. 2400 metres on 20/10/18
https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
Pedigree Info

 

#2. Cliffs of Moher  (IRE)
5 yr old horse
Recent run: 3rd in Coral-Eclipse
Distance: 1800 metres
Weight carried: 60.33kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 56.5kgs.
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Ryan Moore
Original Order Of Entry: #5
Trainer: AP O’Brien.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyHcEZ0PJYk Last most of the way. Finished well.
Video:  2nd in the Group II Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 8/9/18  https://www.racing.com/videos/2018-09-08/magic-consols-dato-tan-chin-nam-stakes
Video:  Fast finishing 6th in the Group I Caulfield Stakes. 13/10/18.
Video:  3rd in the Caulfield Cup. 20/10/18. Caulfield Cup. 2400 metres.  https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
 Pedigree Info 
 
#3. 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: Corey Brown
Original Order Of Entry: 8
Trainer: Ian Williams
Video: Chester Cup. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jRYGLnx6f8E
https://www.racinguk.com/news/magic-circle-puts-up-spectacular-display-in-chester-cup
  Pedigree Info
 
#4. 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.
Video: Ran 13th in Caulfield Cup 2400 metres on 20/10/18
https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup   
 Pedigree Info
 
#5. Muntahaar (GB)
Recent run:  Ebor Handicap  25/8/18
Distance: 2600m
Weight carried:  61.2kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 55.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Jim Crowley (leading jockey in England for the 2016 season)
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
 Pedigree Info
 
#6. Sound Check (GER)   (To race as 'Sound' in Australia)
6 yr old horse
Recent run: Caulfield Cup
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 55.5kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 55.5
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Jordan Childs
Original Order Of Entry: #15
Trainer: Mike Moroney
Video: 12th in the Caulfield Cup. 20/10/18. 2400 metres. https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
  Pedigree Info

 

#7. WhoShot TheBarman                                                                                                                            
10 yr old  Recent run:                                                                                                                          
Distance: Moonee Valley Cup 27/10/18                                                                                                                                            
Weight carried: 58kgs                                                                                                                                     
Melbourne Cup weight: 55.5kgs                                                                                                                 
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Ben Melham                                                                                                                       
Original Order Of Entry: #9                                                                                                                     
Trainer:  C. Waller                                                                                                                                                
Video: 4th in Moonee Valley Gold Cup won by Ventura Storm: https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-27/review-ventura-vindicates-cup-faith
 
#8. 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 Stakes.  https://youtu.be/eX6JBG_so9s
15th in the Caulfield Cup. 20/10/18. Caulfield Cup. 2400 metres on 20/10/18 https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
 

#9. 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: Hugh Bowman (also rode him in the 2017 Melb. Cup)
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
Video: interview with trainer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DI6vnCP1NU&feature=youtu.be
 Pedigree Info

 
#10 Avilius
5 yr old gelding
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: Glynn Schofield
Original Order Of Entry: 45
Trainer: James Cummings
Owner: Godolphin
Video: Kingstown Town Stakes:  https://www.punters.com.au/news/melbourne-cup-watch-_172514/
Video: 1st in The Bart Cummings 5/10/18
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RpvC72EeeHU
 Pedigree Info
 
#11. Yucatan (IRE)
5 yr old horse
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: Won Herbert Power Stakes 13/10/18.   https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/fields-results/results/herbert-power-stakes-results-and-replay-2018/477136 
 Pedigree Info
 
#12. Auvray (FR)
8yr old gelding
Recent run: Randwick Metropolitan 29/9/18
Distance: 2400m
Weight carried: 57kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Tommy Berry
Original Order Of Entry: 28
Trainer: R Freedman
Video: 11th in the Metropolitan 29/9/18   https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/fields-results/results/the-metropolitan-results-and-replay-2017/405521
 Pedigree Info 

#13. Finche
5 yr old horse
Recent run: Geelong Cup
Distance: 2400m
Weight carried:
Melbourne Cup weight:
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Zac Purton (Zac rode Red Verdon in the Caulfield Cup, but he has opted for Finche)
Original Order Of Entry:
Trainer: C. Waller
Video: Ran 3rd in Geelong Cup over 2400m on 24/10/18.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WdB3KDkIDM

 
#14. Red Cardinal (IRE)
7 yr old gelding
Recent run: Moonee Valley Gold Cup 27/10/18
Distance: 2500m
Weight carried: 57kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Damien Oliver
Original Order Of Entry: #27
Trainer: D. Weir
Video: 11th in Moonee Valley Gold Cup 27/10/18 https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-27/review-ventura-vindicates-cup-faith
 
15. Venguer Masque (IRE)
7 yr old gelding
Recent run: Caulfield Cup
Distance: 2400m
Weight carried: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Patrick Maloney
Original Order Of Entry: 26
Trainer: M Moroney
Video: 9th in Caulfield Cup 20/10/18: https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
 
#16. Ventura Storm (IRE)
6 yr old gelding
Recent run: Moonee Valley Gold Cup 27/10/18
Distance: 2500m
Weight carried: 55kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: M Zahra
Original Order Of Entry: #32
Trainer: Hayes & Dabernig
Video:  Won Moonee Valley Gold Cup 27/10/18.  https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-27/review-ventura-vindicates-cup-faith
Video: 2nd in Chairmans Handicap
 
#17. A Prince Of Arran
6 yr old gelding
Recent run: Lexus Stakes 3/11/18
Distance: 2500
Weight carried: 57kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 53kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Michael Walker
Original Order Of Entry: 42
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes
Video: https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/fields-results/results/lexus-stakes-results-and-replay-2018/482048
#18. Nakeeta
8 yr old gelding
Recent run: Moonee Valley Cup 27/10/18
Distance: 2500m
Weight carried: 55kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 53kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 36
Trainer: Iain Jardine
Video: 13th in Moonee Valley Cup 27/10/18    https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-27/review-ventura-vindicates-cup-faith
 
#19. Sir Charles Road
5 yr old gelding
Recent run: Bendigo Cup
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 55kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 53kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Dwayne Dunn
Original Order Of Entry: 35
Trainer: O'Sullivan & Scott
Video:  n/a

 

#20. Zacada
6 yr old gelding
Recent run: Geelong Cup on 24/10/18.
Distance:over 2400m
Weight carried: 56kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 53kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Damien Lane
Original Order Of Entry:
Trainer: M Baker
Video: 12th in the Geelong Cup over 2400m on 24/10/18.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WdB3KDkIDM
 Pedigree Info
 
 
#21. Runaway
4 yr old rig
Recent run: Geelong Cup
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 52kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Stephen baster
Original Order Of Entry: 53
Trainer: A Bott & Gai Waterhouse
Video: Won Geelong Cup over 2400m on 24/10/18.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WdB3KDkIDM
 
#22. Youngstar
 Recent run: Caulfield Cup 20/10
Distance: 2400m
Weight carried: 51.5kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 51.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: C. Williams
Original Order Of Entry: #14
Trainer: C. Waller
Videos: 7th in Caulfield Cup    https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
2nd to Winx in Turnbull Stakes 2000m 6/10:    https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/fields-results/results/
 Pedigree Info
 
#23. 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:   K McEvoy. (See: https://www.racenet.com.au/news/kerrin-mcevoy-to-ride-cross-counter-in-2018-melbourne-cup-20181026)
Original Order Of Entry:  (#19 at 9/10/18)
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Video: https://www.racing.com/videos/2018-10-09/2018-gordon-stakes
Note: Broke the track record in the Gordon Stakes. Only four horses in the race.
 Pedigree Info 
 

#24. Rostropovich (IRE)
4yr old horse
Recent run: Cox Plate
Distance: 2040m
Weight carried: 56kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 51kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Wayne Lordan
Original Order Of Entry: 16
Trainer: Aiden O'Brien
Video:  5th in Cox Plate. 27/10/18  https://www.racing.com/videos/2018-10-27/winx-makes-history-with-fourth-cox-plate    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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#21. Red Verdon (USA)
6 yr old horse
Recent run: Caulfield Cup 20/10/18
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 54kgs
Melbourne Cup weight:
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Damien Oliver
Original Order Of Entry:
Trainer: Ed Dunlop
Video: 11th in Caulfield Cup 20/10/18: https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
 
 
#15. Duretto (GB)
7 yr old gelding
Recent run: Won the Foxy Bingo Fast And Fabulous Chester Stakes. 1/9/18
Distance: 2400
Weight carried: 58.5kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 54.5kgs
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry: 24
Trainer: Andrew Balding
Video: Video:  4th in the Caulfield Cup. 20/10/18.  2400 metres.
https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
 
 
 
#2. Cliffs of Moher  (IRE)
5 yr old horse
Recent run: 3rd in Coral-Eclipse
Distance: 1800 metres
Weight carried: 60.33kgs
Melbourne Cup weight: 56.5kgs.
Melbourne Cup Jockey: Ryan Moore
Original Order Of Entry: #5
Trainer: AP O’Brien.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyHcEZ0PJYk Last most of the way. Finished well.
Video:  2nd in the Group II Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 8/9/18  https://www.racing.com/videos/2018-09-08/magic-consols-dato-tan-chin-nam-stakes
Video:  Fast finishing 6th in the Group I Caulfield Stakes. 13/10/18.
Video:  3rd in the Caulfield Cup. 20/10/18. Caulfield Cup. 2400 metres.  https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-best-solution-wins-caulfield-cup
 
 
 

 

 
#27. Sole Impact
8 yr old gelding
Recent run:
Distance:
Weight carried:
Melbourne Cup weight:
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry:
Trainer:
Video:
 
#28. Miss Admiration
4 yr old mare
Recent run:
Distance:
Weight carried:
Melbourne Cup weight:
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry:
Trainer:
Video:
 

 

 
#30. Libran (IRE)
8 yr old gelding
Recent run:
Distance:
Weight carried:
Melbourne Cup weight:
Melbourne Cup Jockey:
Original Order Of Entry:
Trainer:
Video:

#31. Trap For Fools

#32. Prize Money (GB)

#33. Gallic Chieftain (FR)

#34. Lord Fandango (GER)
 
#35. Megablast (NZ)
 
#36.  Dal Harraild (GB)
 
#37.  Wall Of Fire (IRE)
 
#38.  Patrick Erin (NZ)
 
#39. Rising Red (NZ)
 
#40. Northwest Passage
 
#41.  Brimham Rocks (GB)
 
#42. Yogi (NZ)
 
#43. Jaameh (IRE)
 
#44. Midterm (GB)
 
#45. Sixties Groove (IRE)
 
#46. Azuro (FR)
 
#47. Thinkin Big
 
 
 

 

 

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