Newmarket Result Offers Melbourne Cup Clues
July 11, 2014
Melbourne Cup clues were on offer at Newmarket with no fewer than five of the six runners that took part in Thursday’s Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes holding an entry for the November 4th showpiece.
Arab Spring went off as the favourite and looked to be running well, but weakened dramatically with 600 metres still to travel, casting doubts over his Melbourne Cup credentials which will be a step up in trip of around 800 metres. Having ran with credit for fifth at Flemington in 2013, Dandino was another surprising non-stayer meaning few punters will want to get involved with Sportingbet’s current best quote of $28.00 about Marco Botti’s charge for this year’s big race.
Hillstar, stablemate of Arab Spring was one of three horses which ran on after the winning post along with Pether’s Moon ($26.00 with Sportsbet for Melbourne Cup) and winner of the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes Cavalryman who is a long-odds $61.00 outsider for the race which stops a nation.
Elsewhere in Melbourne Cup betting, last year’s third Mount Athos remains a $28.00 chance and all eyes will be on The Curragh in September where the 7-year-old has an entry in the Irish St Leger, which may set up a clash with Brown Panther. Meanwhile the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer remains the market leader at best odds $17.00 with Bet365 after completing a trio of Group race wins in the Sydney Cup.