Melbourne Cup 2013: Times, Race Schedule, Order of Entry and Preview
This Tuesday will see Victoria play host to the Melbourne Cup, the biggest event of Australia's horse racing calendar this year.
Flemington Racecourse will once again call together some of the finest thoroughbreds in the sport for what will be one of the must-watch races of the year, boasting a winning prize purse of more than $6 million.
Owners, trainers and runners alike will all court a raft of interest as we head into "the race that stops a nation," one of the biggest annual rides. Read on for all race details to ensure you don't miss a minute.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5 2013
Time: 3 p.m. Local Time (AEDT)/4 a.m. GMT/ 11 p.m. ET (Nov. 4)
Venue: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
|NO. DRAW||Horse||Age||Weight||Trainer||Form Guide|
|2||Green Moon||6||9-1||Robert Hickmott||1-4459|
|3||It´s A Dundeel||4||8-11||Murray Baker||111241|
|4||Red Cadeaux||7||8-13||Ed Dunlop||389624|
|5||Sea Moon||5||8-13||Robert Hickmott||8-0021|
|6||Manighar||7||8-11||Peter G Moody||426500|
|7||Super Cool||4||8-8||Mark Kavanagh||113493|
|8||Voleuse De Coeurs||4||8-7||Michael Moroney||-21321|
|10||Tres Blue||3||8-0||Gai Waterhouse||513211|
|11||Royal Descent||4||8-3||Chris Waller||123205|
|13||Brown Panther||5||8-9||Tom Dascombe||38-115|
|17||Verema||4||8-5||A De Royer-Dupre||-32511|
|20||Puissance De Lune||5||8-8||Darren Weir||-11272|
|22||Mount Athos||6||8-7||Luca Cumani||0-1582|
|23||Royal Empire||4||8-7||Saeed bin Suroor||220112|
|24||Masked Marvel||5||8-7||Robert Hickmott||48-032|
|26||Simenon||6||8-6||W P Mullins||5-4223|
|27||Mr O´Ceirin||6||8-4||Ciaron Maher||612100|
|29||Jet Away||6||8-5||David Hayes||2-1174|
|31||Ibicenco||5||8-5||Peter G Moody||451801|
|32||Precedence||8||8-5||Bart & James Cummings||685190|
Horses To Watch
Having made a name for himself in Premier League football, Michael Owen is more than your average happy-go-lucky ex-pro now taking at swing at things in horse racing.
In fact, it's this week's stayer, Brown Panther, that has been responsible for a great deal of his racing success, not least of which was this year's Goodwood Cup.
Trained by Tom Dascombe, the five-year-old bay horse stands a fine chance of staging a claim for silverware in Australia this week, where Owen will be a fish in untested festival waters.
On top of that Goodwood victory is the 2011 King George V Stakes triumph that Brown Panther earned at Ascot.
Trained by the famous Gai Waterhouse, Tres Blue is unique in that it is the only three-year-old set to compete in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, the youngest of any to have made it to this stage.
The Waterhouse name courts a certain amount of respect in racing circles, around the world and not just in Australia. That being the case, it will be likely that she has at least one of her runners competing for the lead come Tuesday's Cup climax.
Tres Blue has won three of her last five rides, placing in the other two, and the colt holds great promise despite being the lesser-known of its trainer's two runners.
It's a Dundeel
Winning six of his last 12 races, four of which came in his last six outings, It's a Dundeel looks to be one of the most in-form assets coming into this week's festival.
Despite being just four years of age, the bay colt is maturing at a rapid rate and could well live with the pressure of its five-, six- and seven-year-old peers in the Melbourne Cup.
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