Fans can watch the 2015 Melbourne Cup live online and see which horse wins “The Race that Stops a Nation.”
The race takes place Tuesday at 3 p.m. AEDT from Melbourne, and is as much a cultural event as it is a horse race. The race itself is expected to draw 100,000 people to the track and literally bring the nation of Australia to a halt as they await the results. Though the race will be broadcast on television, those who can’t make it to a television will be able to watch the Melbourne Cup live online (links below).
Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter said race day conditions couldn’t be more perfect.
“It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Melbourne, so I think we’re going to deliver a very even playing field today for the 24 horses that have come from all over the world,” he said (via ABC.net.au).
“I think we’ve been really lucky this year,” one of the Melbourne journalists said yesterday. “It’s the greatest race ever run in Australia.”
— ABC News (@abcnews) November 2, 2015
Fans who watch the 2015 Melbourne Cup live online can see if favorite Fame Game can carry out the $4.40 odds and win the race. As News.com.au notes, simply finishing the race would put Fame Game ahead of last year’s Melbourne Cup favorite.
“This Japanese horse is the Melbourne Cup favourite on account of its fast-finishing sixth in the Caulfield Cup. Cynics believe it treated that race as a warm-up gallop instead of trying its hardest to win. Cynics of the cynics say they’re reading too much into it, and that Fame Game was merely blocked for a run. We just hope Fame Game finishes better than last year’s Melbourne Cup favourite, the Japanese horse Admire Rakti, which died during the race.”
Here is the complete racing card (via News.com.au).
1. SNOW SKY Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute. Jockey: Ryan Moore. Barrier: 16. Odds: $41
2. CRITERION Trainer: David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Jockey: Michael Walker Barrier: 4. Odds: $15
3. FAME GAME Trainer: Yoshitada Munakata. Jockey: Zac Purton. Barrier: 12. Odds: $4.40
4. OUR IVANHOWE Trainer: Lee & Anthony Freedman. Jockey: Ben Melham. Barrier: 22. Odds: $18
5. BIG ORANGE Trainer: Michael Bell. Jockey: James Spencer. Barrier: 23. Odds: $61
6. HARTNELL Trainer: John O’Shea. Jockey: James McDonald. Barrier: 17. Odds: $31
7. HOKKO BRAVE Trainer: Yasutoshi Matsunaga. Jockey: Craig Williams. Barrier: 20. Odds: $35
8. MAX DYNAMITE Trainer: Willie Mullins. Jockey: Frankie Dettori. Barrier: 2. Odds: $13
9. RED CADEAUX Trainer: Ed Dunlop. Jockey: Gerald Mosse. Barrier: 8. Odds: $21
10. TRIP TO PARIS Trainer: Ed Dunlop. Jockey: Tommy Berry. Barrier: 14. Odds: $7
11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN Trainer: Chris Waller. Jockey: Blake Shinn. Barrier: 6. Odds: $21
12. SKY HUNTER Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor. Jockey: William Buick. Barrier: 7. Odds: $35
13. THE OFFER Trainer: Gai Waterhouse. Jockey: Damien Oliver. Barrier: 13. Odds: $26
14. GRAND MARSHAL Trainer: Chris Waller. Jockey: Jim Cassidy. Barrier: 15. Odds: $41
15. PREFERMENT Trainer: Chris Waller. Jockey: Hugh Bowman. Barrier: 11. Odds: $9
16. QUEST FOR MORE Trainer: Roger Charlton. Jockey: Damian Lane. Barrier: 21. Odds: $81
17. ALMOONQITH Trainer: David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Jockey: Dwayne Dunn. Barrier: 10. Odds: $16
18. KINGFISHER Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue. Barrier: 9. Odds: $41
19. PRINCE OF PENZANCE Trainer: Darren Weir. Jockey: Michelle Payne. Barrier: 1. Odds: $101
20. BONDI BEACH Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Jockey: Brett Prebble. Barrier: 18. Odds: $23
21. SERTORIUS Trainer: Jamie Edwards. Jockey: Craig Newitt. Barrier: 5. Odds: $126
22. THE UNITED STATES Trainer: Robert Hickmott. Jockey: Joao Moreira. Barrier: 3. Odds: $20
23. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE Trainer: Gai Waterhouse. Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy. Barrier: 24. Odds: $35
24. GUST OF WIND Trainer: John Sargent. Jockey: Chad Schofield. Barrier: 19. Odds: $35 The report recommended betting on Trip to Paris, Preferment, Our Ivanhowe, or Criterion.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) November 2, 2015
Others are predicting a big upset in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Tom Waterhouse, CEO of William Hill Australia, believes the long-shot Sertorius has what it takes to win the race. The Australian-bred horse comes in at $101 odds.
“It’s unbelievable it’s such a big price,” Waterhouse said (via Racing Base). “[Sertorius] and Fame Game… we have big liabilities against them. And also the dynamics have changed quite a bit since we’ve been betting in play.
“The horses that are a big liability before the race – especially if they get a good start – can be really bad for us.”
Champion trainer Chris Waller actually has three horses competing in Tuesday’s race, but said he believes Who Shot Thebarman gives the best value of all of them.
“He’s great value,” Waller told Racing.com.“His form is coming through the right races, he’s just that little bit stronger and he’s the benchmark of my horses. He ran third in the race last year and you quite often see that form repeating and he’s still in his prime.”
Fans who want to watch the 2015 Melbourne Cup live online can click here for links to live streaming video.
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