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Melbourne Cup Tips - Expert predictions from the tipsters

A general view of the Melbourne Cup trophy.

Will it be a home runner who adds their name to the honour roll? Will we see another roughie upset? Or will an international come out on top this year?

Check out their Melbourne Cup predictions below.

Aaron Hamilton

If MAGIC CIRCLE wins the Melbourne Cup, his billionaire owner, Marwan Koukash, has said he’ll strip to his underwear in a jubilant on-course celebration – and who doesn’t want to see an eccentric billionaire rocking a thong around Flemington. All that aside, Magic Circle is a serious racehorse and he possesses both the stamina and sharp turn of foot needed to win Australia’s most famous race. From 21 career starts, the son of Makfi has racked up eight wins between 2414m and 3749m, and his two most recent wins have been ultra-impressive. Following a 30-week break, he resumed with a six-length win in the Chester Cup (3749m) and then backed-up 13 days later to again score by six lengths in the Group 3 Henry ll Stakes (3264m). Koukash rates him a better horse than Mount Athos who he also owned, and Mount Athos finished 5th to Green Moon in the 2012 Melbourne Cup before returning the following year where he was 3rd behind Fiorente and Red Cadeaux. If he’s within half a dozen lengths of them when they straighten, he can finish best to score.

Steve Bennett 

There are many runners who have strong winning claims to consider this year but I keep coming back to YUCATAN. The Irish stallion’s win in this year’s Herbert Power (2400m) was contemptuous in relation to the ease in which he won the event. Leading by seven lengths passing the 100m mark showed so much dominance over his rivals, jockey James McDonald then eased the horse down over the final 50 metres to record an official winning margin of 1.25 lengths. His last start in Ireland prior to arriving here saw him finish third over 2400m at Leopardstown where he finished just 2.5 lengths from the winner carrying 62.5kgs. After a 2.5kg penalty for his Herbert Power victory, he will carry just 54.5kgs in the Melbourne Cup and is a deserved pre-race favourite. 

Gary Emmerson

I can't knock the chances of favourite Yucatan and he could well give Lloyd Williams another Melbourne Cup winner. But I actually think that fellow Aidan O'Brien-trained runner THE CLIFFSOFMOHER is the one to be on. At around three times the price of Yucatan, he represents excellent each-way value. His two runs in Australia have been the perfect preps, finishing fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) behind Benbatl and third to Best Solution in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). He has consistenly gone up against the best in the UK and I think he will be battle hardened for a fight up the Flemington straight. 

Adam Cusworth

Despite the shortish odds on offer, it is very hard to go past the Melbourne Cup favourite, YUCATAN. His win in the Herbert Power (2400m) at Caulfield was out of this world, travelling wide for the entire trip before arrogantly striding towards the lead a long way out, smashing his rivals in the process before being eased down. It is hard to see anything beating him at the weights and pending luck in running, he should win, making it a hat-trick of wins in the race for Lloyd Williams owned gallopers. 

Ric Chapman

The gathering hue and cry from media and certain Aussie trainers about the number of international gallopers gaining runs, probably has enough substance to warrant a review of the race and its guide lines. But saying that it does look like a European will win the great race this year. I’m on THE CLIFFSOFMOHER. He has outstanding finishing power and his 3rd in the recent Group 1 Caulfield Cup behind Best Solution supports that. He is trained by a masterful trainer of stayers in Aidan O’Brien and everything about his preparation suggests this is grand final day and he will be very suited to Flemington. I’m on him to run down Best Solution who must be world class to do what he did in the run to win the Caulfield Cup. For 3rd and 4th: Yucatan was very impressive at Aussie debut when winning and old Auvray is better than people think and he will love this racetrack also.

Jackson Oldham

He looks short enough in the market but the Lloyd Williams-owned YUCATAN does look the horse to beat. His victory in the Group 2 Herbert Power (2400m) was arrogant. Everyone saw James McDonald ease him down to a canter over the final 100m but what I was most impressed with, was his sectionals between the 600m and 200m. He showed a turn of foot that is necessary to win a Melbourne Cup. He ran 22.78s from the 600m-200m. To put that into perspective, Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution ran that sectional in 23.58s, while Benbatl who won the Caulfield Stakes over 2000m on the same day, ran that sectional in 22.80s. In my opinion, he gets the best jockey in Australia on board and with luck in running, will be right in the finish. 

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