Cold, wet conditions for 2017 Melbourne Cup

Love it or hate it, Melbourne Cup Day is here and punters are already flooding through the gates at Flemington.

It’s expected to be a slow track today, with cold wet conditions forecast for the race at 3pm AEDT, you can listen to it live on 1029 Hot Tomato.

The favourites have chopped and changed in the lead-up to the race which stops the nation and at time of publishing, Marmelo is the top pick ahead of Almandin and Johannes Vermeer.


Last year’s winner, Almandin, will be ridden by superstar Jockey Frankie Dettori who’s hoping to finally break his Melbourne Cup hoodoo.

Dettori is regarded as the world’s best jockey and has returned for his 16th attempt at Australia’s biggest race.

Here are the current prices for Race 7 at Flemington (TAB odds) as of 9am AEDT.
  • $8 Marmelo (16)
  • $9 Almandin (14)
  • $10 Johannes Vermeer (3)
  • $12 Humidor (13)
  • $12 Wall of Fire (15)
  • $15 Rekindling (4)
  • $16 Max Dynamite (2)
  • $17 Red Cardinal (24)
  • $20 Thomas Hobson (21)
  • $21 Big Duke (5)
  • $21 Amelie’s Star (10)
  • $26 Hartnell (12)
  • $26 Tiberian (23)
  • $26 Nakeeta (19)
  • $31 Boom Time (9)
  • $34 Ventura Storm (6)
  • $34 Single Gaze (11)
  • $51 Wicklow Brave (8)
  • $51 Libran (7)
  • $61 Bondi Beach (1)
  • $61 US Army Ranger (22)
  • $61 Cismontane (17)
  • $81 Gallante (18)

In this year’s edition of the Cup 11 of the 23 horses in the race have been internationally trained, prompting commentators and race experts to question the need for so many foreign horses.

We only have three true Australian horses running this year, Caufield Cup winner Boom Time, Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze, and Amelie’s Star.

The last time an Australian-bred horse won the Cup was Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking in 2009.

Since then a slew of Aussie owners and trainers, including Bart Cummings and Gai Waterhouse, have sourced horses from overseas.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast, with a focus on local sports and the Commonwealth Games.

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