Melbourne Cup barrier draw makes little difference to betting


Americain has drawn barrier 15 for the Melbourne Cup

Owner Kevin Bamford couldn’t quite work out if Tuesday’s Group 1 $6m Melbourne Cup (3200m) favourite Americain had drawn well or not after the official ceremony was held this evening.

Amercian drew barrier 15, four barriers wider than when he won the Melbourne Cup in 2010.

“I wanted 11 and don’t know what 15 means,”  Bamford said.

”The jockey and the trainer are not here so I can’t ask them.”

Bamford says the French trained galloper had done well in Australia and credited the strapper and stable spokesperson Stefanie Nigge for his progress.

Asked if Americain was better than last year Bamford wouldn’t commit saying we would know better on Tuesday.

Bamford along with friend and fellow Americain owner Gerry Ryan recently a bought 50% share in UK trained Cup hope Jukebox Jury.

“Jukebox Jury the won Prix Kergolay (3000m) and won it easily,” Bamford said.

“Americain was well beaten in that race and he (Jukebox Jury) seemed to be a good horse.

“Alan (Spence) agreed to sell half of him to us and Jukebox Jury then went on and won (deadheated) the Irish St Leger.

Jukebox Jury drew perfectly in six but the Mark Johnston trained galloper, who is yet to race in Australia, remained an $11 chance with TABsportsbet as Americian drifted from $4 to $4.20.

Bookmakers in the main left the betting as is.

The main mover with bookmakers post Derby day racing was Niwot who obtained at Melbourne Cup berth by winning the Lexus Stakes impressively.

He tumbled in from $101 to $17 but that was before the draw.

Head of the team Hawkes – father John Hawkes says the galloper had pulled up in great order after today’s race.

“Niwot is fit and well, it was a great win today and he has a lightweight and a good gate (in the Melbourne Cup) which helps.” he said.

“He lacks a bit of class but can stay and has 51kg.

“He is getting 7kg from Americian, he couldn’t beat him on level weights but that is what a Melbourne Cup is all about.

“I think he is better now than before today’s race.

“Eighteen months ago the vets said he would never race again, it is a great story.”

While Americain’s draw wasn’t great, his nearest rivals in Cup betting weren’t that much better.

Dunaden an $8 hope with Tabsportsbet drew 13 while Lucas Cranach drew 11.

Dunaden’s trainer Mickel Dalzangles was matter of fact about the draw but dismissed the Kergolay form in which his horse also finished well behind Jukebox Jury.

“The race was slowly run and I wouldn’t take a lot of notice of the race.”
The Bart Cummings trained duo Illo and Precedence drew the two inside barriers  but their performances didn’t warrant any major shift in Cup betting.

UK trainer Luca Cumani said Drunken Sailor, in barrier eight,  was favoured by his alley while Manighar needed luck.

He pointed to Manighar’s rider Damien Oliver as the hope of the side to help him overcome barrier 21.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 13X66X10X1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre Gerald Mosse 15 58kg 117
2 01794X1311 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston Mr Neil Callan 6 57kg 115
3 12X3X12X91 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 13 54.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 111
4 X446X13137 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani Dwayne Dunn 8 54kg 110
5 2312X24201 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 23 54kg 115
6 2573X34844 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani Damien Oliver 21 54kg 110
7 3621X5X406 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 7 54kg 110
8 2164112461 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston Mr Silvestre De Sousa 19 53.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg) 109
9 111X4215X5 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman Corey Brown 11 53.5kg 109
10 2042X04312 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 14 53.5kg 108
11 X025X67009 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings Darren Beadman 2 53.5kg 107
12 9X20141053 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Michael Rodd 16 53.5kg 109
13 341FX60220 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 18 53kg 109
14 262X1421X3 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings Jim Cassidy 1 53kg 106
15 189X223274 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Mr William Buick 3 53kg 108
16 12X1X02241 MODUN (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 5 53kg 108
17 23245X0622 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 10 52.5kg 106
18 2DX2235013 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison Brett Prebble 17 52kg 103
19 534X755580 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison Chris Symons 22 52kg 103
20 41312X8070 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Luke Nolen 24 52kg 108
21 2114331510 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller Craig Newitt 4 52kg (Pen. 2.0kg) 105
22 1421X83832 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 12 52kg 106
23 0121X07201 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Yendall 9 51kg 101
24 1142X06530 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 20 51kg 103

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