The race that ‘stops a nation is drawing quickly upon us and 23 runners are due to head to post for this 2022 Melbourne Cup.
In what has become one of the most valuable handicap races in the entire world, millions from all around the world will tune into the action as some of the world’s most established trainers, jockeys, and horses prepare to compete for a slice of the $8 million total prize pool.
Here is everything you need to know.
Turf, 1 mile and seven furlongs, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool – $8 million
With trainers from all over the world looking to land this valuable prize, this year’s betting for the Melbourne Cup is led by British raider Deauville Legend. Trained out of the James Ferguson yard, Deauville Legend deservedly starts as the rightful favorite and is one of ten British-trained horses who will be hoping to bring the famous trophy back to British shores.
A winner of two of his last four starts, which includes success in Group 3 and Group 2 company, Deauville Legends heads to Australia following a fine performance in the prestigious Great Voltigeur. A similar performance here will make him a hard horse to beat.
Following Deauville Legend in the betting is another British Raider in the form of Without A Fight. Trained out of the Simon and Ed Crisford yard, he is a winner of two of his last three races and warmed up for this race with a respectable second in the Listed Dubai Godolphin Stakes. This has been the target all season and with the UK Champion Jockey William Buick on board, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him win a big race.
Australia’s best hopes may lie with Montefilia. Trained out of the David Payne yard this classy mare was unlucky to finish fourth in her last start in the Caulfield Cup and had she had a bit more luck in running she would have emerged from the race victorious. It’s expected that she should be able to last the distance and she could be a real contender.
The top weight for the race belongs to Gold Trip who is trained out of the Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace yard. Imported from France last year, you could argue that Gold Trip is the classiest horse in the race following his fourth-place finish in last year’s Arc de Triomphe. It’s been a while since he tasted victory, but he could be the value play of the race.
With so many runners in the field, there is value everywhere you look and one of the most attractive bets could be Duais. A back-to-back Group 1 winner in Australia last year, she is without a win in four starts this term but looked to have rediscovered her spark with a positive showing in the Caulfield Cup. If everything clicks, she has the class to win this race.
The most unknown runner in the field could well be Hoo Ya Mal. Formerly trained out of the UK, Hoo Ya Mal has some decent form that he can bring into the race. A last-place finish in St Leger does little to inspire confidence but under new ownership and with solid form in the book, he could be a contender at a big price.
2022 Melbourne Cup Odds & Betting Pick
In what has been regarded as one of the weaker Melbourne Cups in some years, the race still looks loaded with intrigue. Deauville Legend is the class horse of the race but at only 3 is one of the youngest horses in the race and it will be interesting to see how he competes against some older rivals. He will take some stopping and tentatively takes our vote.
|HORSE||JOCKEY||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|Deauville Legend||Kerrin McEvoy||+275|
|Realm Of Flowers||Damien Thornton||+1000|
|Without A Fight||William Buick||+1100|
|Knights Order||Timothy Clark||+1600|
|Smokin’ Romans||Jamie Kah||+1600|
|Hoo Ya Mal||Craig A Williams||+1500|
|Gold Trip||Mark Zahra||+2000|
|Lunar Flare||Michael Dee||+2200|
|Vow And Declare||Blake Shinn||+2200|
|High Emocean||Teodore Nugent||+3000|
|Young Werther||Damian Lane||+3300|
|Daqiansweet Junior||Daniel Moor||+5000|
|Tralee Rose||Dean Yendall||+7000|
|Grand Promenade||Harry Coffey||+8000|
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