Lexus Melbourne Cup
Group 1 Handicap, Flemington
A$7,300,000,
3yo plus, 2m    
Tuesday, 6th November 2018

British and Irish trained horses dominate the betting for November’s Melbourne Cup, with Magic Circle into 14/1 following support for the Chester Cup winner.

Magic Circle
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Magic Circle

Owner Dr Marwan Koukash has promised to wear a thong should his charge win the thing, and our traders aren’t taking any chances.

The Ian Williams-trained fancy remains behind Withhold at 12/1, after the Tony Bloom colt landed two huge gambles in the Northumberland Plate and last year’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

Godolphin three-year-old Cross Counter has been running well this term and can be backed at 14/1. Hamada and Torcedor follow close behind at 16/1 apiece.

“Magic Circle’s owner, Dr Marwan Koukash, has said he will collect the trophy wearing only a thong should his horse win the Melbourne Cup, but we’re not sure if that threat, or promise, has prompted the support for the Chester Cup winner!” said Coral’s David Stevens.

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12 Withhold, 14 Cross Counter, (from 16) Magic Circle, 16 Hamada, Torcedor, 20 Kings Will Dream, Marmelo, 25 Best Solution, Count Octave, Kew Gardens, Latrobe, Muntahaa, Stratum, Tosen Basil, Weekender, 33 Bar

First acceptances close on on Tuesday, 9 October and weights will be released on Tuesday, 11 September.

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Emirates Melbourne Cup (Group 1 Handicap)
A$ 7,300,000
3yo plus, 2m (3200 Metres)
183 entries (50 Overseas)
Weights to be declared Tuesday 11 September 1st
Acceptances close at 12 noon on Tuesday 9 October.

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Melbourne Cup Timeline

1861 – The first Melbourne Cup was run and won by Archer, ridden by John Cutts and trained by Etienne De Mestre. The first prize was a gold watch and 930 pounds and the event attracted a crowd 4,000 people.

1865 – The first year a trophy was awarded, which was a silver bowl on a stand with a narrow neck with two ornate handles and topped with a horse and jockey.

1873 – The smallest ever Melbourne Cup field with seven starters.

1875 – The first time the Melbourne Cup was run on the first Tuesday in November.

1877 - Melbourne Cup became a public holiday for Victorians.

1880 – First Melbourne Cup to attract an attendance of 100,000.

1890 – Carbine won the Melbourne Cup in record time (3.28.25) carrying a record weight (65.5kg) in the biggest field ever assembled (39).

1896 – The first ever Melbourne Cup to be captured on film.

1925 – Melbourne radio station 3LO broadcast a live commentary of the Cup for the very first time.

1930 – Phar Lap makes history, winning races on each of the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

1948 – Photo finishing was used for the first time to decide the winner with Rimfire winning over Dark Marne by a nose length.

1965 – Light Fingers wins the Melbourne Cup to provide Bart Cummings with his first Melbourne Cup win.

1972 – The first metric running of the Melbourne Cup with the two-mile distance becoming 3,200 metres.

1990 – The fastest run Melbourne Cup was won by Kingston Rule in 3:16.3 minutes.

1993 – The first time the great race is won by an international horse, Vintage Crop from Dublin.

2001 – Carbine inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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