Folks, its normally the picturesque landscape of County Louth that I focus most of my attention but this week is very busy and we are going global. We are off to Flemington in Australia for an excellent renewal of the Melbourne Cup.
There is plenty to catch the eye with horses that ye all should know taking their place. Check out Bar One Racing.com for all the latest prices and hopefully we will have some luck with our selections.
“THE RACE THAT STOPS A NATION”
First held back in 1861 this race has some very famous history and there is no doubt that this year could be another cracking renewal to be etched into the history books. This race is the richest two mile handicap in the world and one of the richest turf races.
My memories of this race go back quite a while as you would have to set the alarm and get up in the middle of the night to watch this spectacle.
Numerous years stand out most notably the victory for Dermot Weld and Mick Kinane back in 2003 on Vintage Crop but the one that I remember most of all was Media Puzzle winning for Dermot Weld and Damian Oliver back in 2002. This struck some major emotions over the whole country of Australia as Damian Oliver’s brother a died a week before that victory.
The race this year looks nothing short of a cracker. Some very classy individuals coming from Europe along with the locals who will not want to see the title leave the Oceanic shore.
Father and Son duo of Aidan and Joseph O Brien are well represented along with UK trainers Charlie Fellowes and Andrew Balding.
I will take a look at a couple of the runners that may be slightly overpriced and give us a decent run for our each way money.
MASTER OF REALITY (20/1)
This Joseph O Brien trained runner really stands out for me as being laid out perfectly for the race after he ran an excellent race last year to finish second from stall one.
He was subsequently demoted to fourth after some interference but it was a very good run. This time around he is drawn 11 and I think that jockey Ben Melham may have smoother passage that Frankie Dettori had last year.
Frankie was up with the pace most of the way and kicked for home early and just got caught. This time around I can see this horse being slightly further off the pace and deliver his finishing kick inside the final furlong.
His form this season has been steady here in Ireland with two placed efforts before he landed Her Majestys Plate Listed Race in Down Royal in decisive fashion.
The form of that race got a nice boost when Aircraft Carrier trained by Luke Comer who finished fifth in Down Royal, went on to finish second in the Cesarewitch and the Curragh behind Cape Gentleman and then finish second in a Group Two in Germany.
Master Of Reality looks to have improved from this race last year and if he can get a nice position and travel away I could see him giving them all plenty to do inside the final two furlongs.
This former Ger Lyons inmate caught my eye in the Caulfield Cup last time out and I am amazed at how big the price is.
This horse is a former Ebor winner at York before finishing second last in this race last season. He went and won a listed race at Rosehill after that and his form has been slightly in decline ever since.
He has had plenty of runs this season and has been campaigned over a variety of trips. I think this years race could be much different and he may stay on for a place.
He has ability and he had shown that in Ireland. In the Caulfield Cup he was held up and stayed on without really troubling the leaders. It looked a really nice prep run and hopefully he can come into this race in different form to last season.
He may have acclimatised to things in Australia better this year and it would be no surprise at all to see him run on into a place.