Last year’s fourth placegetter Finche is solid in the betting for the 2019 Group 1 $8m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday.
Finche finished fourth for trainer Chris Waller behind Cross Counter in the 2018 Melbourne Cup and following some handy recent form is marked at $10 at Ladbrokes.com.au for this year’s ‘Race That Stops A Nation’ on the first Tuesday in November.
Waller said that Finche is a stronger horse twelve months on from his first Melbourne Cup appearance and the master trainer can’t fault the French import’s 2019 preparation.
“Now that he’s had that extra twelve months, in particular his last few runs, he’s really learnt what’s required in terms of relaxing in a race, quickening and obviously sustaining a long gallop,” Waller told World Horse Racing.
“He has got a great mindset, so everything’s in order for Tuesday’s big race.”
“So a year on, I think a more physical and obviously a stronger horse for those reasons. He’s had time to adjust to Australia and he has developed into a stronger horse.”
“This time last year he was quite a lean horse that it was all quite new to.
“Even in the Melbourne Cup last year, he got to the front and didn’t really know what it was all about.”
Finche found the winner’s stall at his second run this campaign in the Group 3 $160,000 The Agency Real Estate Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on September 21 and then finished a nose second to his stablemate Kings Will Dream in the Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 5.
Finche was then handed a horror barrier in the Group 1 $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 19 and after having a horrid run only finished one and a half lengths from the winner Mer De Glace in fifth spot.
The was a terrific trial for the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday and jockey Kerrin McEvoy has a great chance to score back to back wins after claiming last year’s Melbourne Cup on the Charlie Appleby trained Cross Counter.
In contrast to Finche jumping from barrier fifteen of eighteen in the Caulfield Cup, the French import will have the luxury of jumping from gate four in the twenty-four horse Melbourne Cup field and Waller will also saddle up $34 chance Youngstar who will jump from gate nine with Tommy Berry in the saddle.
Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace has been elevated to be the $6.50 Melbourne Cup favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au after drawing barrier two while the Lindsay Park trained Constantinople has lost the top spot and is now the $8 second pick.
Damian Lane will stay with the Japanese trained Mer De Glace while Joao Moreira will fly in from Hong Kong to ride Constantinople who also drew nicely at gate seven.
Betting for the 2019 Melbourne Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $6.50 Mer De Glace, $8 Constantinople. $10 Finche, $12 Vow And Declare, $13 Cross Counter, $14 Il Paradiso, $15 Surprise Baby, $17 Raymond Tusk, Prince Of Arran, Mustajeer, $19 Southern France, $20 Downdraft, $26 Master Of Reality, Latrobe, Magic Wand, $34 Hunting Horn, Mirage Dancer, Youngstar, $61 Rostropovich, Twilight Payment, Steel Prince, $81 The Chosen One, $126 Sound, $201 Neufbosc.
Final field and barrier draw for 2019 Melbourne Cup (3200m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||12x1x1x434||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||William Buick||5||57.5kg||118|
|2||211x11x1x1||MER DE GLACE (JPN)||Hisashi Shimizu||Damian Lane||2||56kg||117|
|3||7250×14335||MASTER OF REALITY (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Frankie Dettori||1||55.5kg||118|
|4||2x0x1322x3||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||13||55.5kg||115|
|5||37×3264413||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||14||55.5kg||113|
|6||3344465881||HUNTING HORN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Seamie Heffernan||11||55kg||115|
|7||220×344216||LATROBE (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||James McDonald||22||55kg||112|
|8||4x1x723516||MUSTAJEER (GB)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||6||55kg||114|
|9||251557×790||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||12||55kg||111|
|10||423x2411x7||TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Hugh Bowman||19||55kg||113|
|11||x1x34x5125||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||4||54kg||113|
|12||8x49x58321||PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Michael Walker||8||54kg||113|
|13||1x6x237x4x||RAYMOND TUSK (IRE)||Richard Hannon||Jamie Spencer||3||54kg||113|
|14||x196112x31||DOWNDRAFT (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||John Allen||15||53.5kg||111|
|15||2×53220224||MAGIC WAND (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||24||53.5kg||114|
|16||2x30x80709||NEUFBOSC (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||23||53.5kg||106|
|17||00x048x070||SOUND (GER)||Michael Moroney||James Winks||10||53.5kg||107|
|18||1514132×41||SURPRISE BABY (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Jordan Childs||20||53.5kg||111|
|19||531×212224||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Joao Moreira||7||52.5kg||114|
|20||322×17135||IL PARADISO (USA)||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||17||52.5kg||111|
|21||x11111x467||STEEL PRINCE (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||Brett Prebble||16||52.5kg||108|
|22||0141×59195||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Tim Clark||18||52kg||111|
|23||1x36621x42||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||21||52kg||113|
|24||x059x87873||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||9||52kg||107|