The 2016 Melbourne Cup is Fast Approaching
The 2016 Melbourne Cup is Fast Approaching: The 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival is just over a month away, with the big event in Flemington, Victoria scheduled for November 1st, Melbourne Cup betting is already underway with UK bookmakers.
Naturally, Melbourne Cup betting tips are coveted all around and spectators and enthusiasts will want to know that two of Britain and Ireland’s likely candidates are close to the head of the market. The first is Michael Bell’s Big Orange, who followed up a game win at Newmarket’s July Festival to land the Goodwood Cup in good style. The demands of the Melbourne Cup in terms of stamina and guts required are two boxes ticked by this five-year-old gelding, who is approaching the peak of his powers at the right time.
Willie Mullins’ Wicklow Brave booked his ticket down under last weekend with a surprise but legitimately impressive front-running win over Order of St George in the Irish St Leger. Striking up an immediate positive relationship with jockey Frankie Dettori, this classy dual-purpose gelding wound the race up as he pleased and had the petrol in the tank to fend off the closing favourite inside the final furlong. Most bookies make him the joint or outright favourite to win the Melbourne Cup and with all the trial races like the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate yet to play out that’s fair enough. The picture of UK contenders is a lot clearer than the Aussie picture with the UK flat season coming to a close.
So it won’t be long until Australia’s racing crowd descend upon Flemington once again, and form what is essentially the country’s biggest fashion show. Since 1962, Myer fashion has hosted a competition for Women’s and Men’s attire. Dress to impress is the order of the day and on this day above all others in Australia, horse racing is the centre of the universe. From children and family play areas, to top end VIP dining and everything in between, Flemington delivers and for those lucky to be in attendance, you’re in for a special day. It really is the race that stops a nation.