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See our runner by runner analysis of the 2021 Melbourne cup field.

2021 Melbourne Cup Preview & Tips:

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

A full field of 24, including four mares, will line up for Australia’s most famous race –  the $7,750,000 2029 Lexus Melbourne Cup. Ten of them had their last start in the Caulfield Cup, four in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, two in the Geelong Cup, two in the Hotham Handicap and three had their last start overseas. Chris Waller and Ciaron Maher & David Eustace saddle up four runners each, while Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have two There are less international runners than in the past few years, due to the Covid situation.

The clear cut favourite in the early betting is Incentivise. He has won nine races in a row from his 12 starts, including a 3.5 length win in the Caulfield Cup last start. Second favourite is Spanish Mission who has strong international form and is one of two runners to have won at further than 3200m. Third favourite is Twilight Payment who was the 2020 winner and returned from Ireland to defend his title.

Verry Elleegant finished 7th in this race last year, but her lead-up form has not been as good this time around. She has won more prizemoney, more races and more Group 1 races than any other runner. Floating Artist was an impressive 2nd in the Moonee Valley Cup after being held up. Tralee Rose won the Geelong Cup which is something few mares have been able to do. Delphi disappointed in the Caulfield Cup but can bounce back. Grand Promenade won the Bart Cummings and does his best work at Flemington. Great House got into the field with a win in the Hotham Handicap on Saturday and gets a huge weight drop here, while Sir Lucan will be having his first Australian start.  All other runners are currently 30 to 1 or longer.

As always there are many hopes in the Cup and a long price has never stopped a horse from winning.

The following are our top selections for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Lewis’ Tips
2. Incentivise 2. Incentivise
21. Tralee Rose 22. Floating Artist
16. Grand Promenade 16. Grand Promenade
23. Great House 3. Spanish Mission
12. Persan
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