melbourne cup 2020

The Melbourne Cup 2020 is here!

This year presents a very interesting puzzle for punters. We’re in unprecedented times due to COVID-19, which has had a big impact on the international horses travelling to Australia for Melbourne Cup 2020 – most notably the Japanese. A healthy contingent will travel from Europe however, meaning a high-quality field of local and international runners will launch on the first Tuesday in November.

Melbourne Cup 2020 odds displayed are from Australia’s favourite bookmaker, TopSport (odds updated 2nd November).

Melbourne Cup 2020

Flemington Racecourse, Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Handicap, 3200m

Total prize money: $8 million

Melbourne Cup 2020: Pro punter preview

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And click here for Melbourne Cup tips from our pro punters.

Melbourne Cup 2020: The Contenders

Anthony Van Dyck: currently $8 with TopSport

Highly-rated Anthony O’Brien five-year-old, brought to Melbourne after winning the Group 2 Prix Foy over 2400 metres in France. Ran a close second to Verry Elleegant in the Caulfield Cup.

Tiger Moth: currently $8 with TopSport

Lightly-raced Irish stayer from Aidan O’Brien who has been given a big weight penalty for the Cup after a four-length win in the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes over 2400 metres.

Surprise Baby: currently $9 with TopSport

Ran a very credible fifth placing in the 2019 Cup. Ran a solid second on return in the Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley. Finished ninth in the Turnbull Stakes, but was held up badly and closed well when finally got a run.

Sir Dragonet: currently $9.50 with TopSport

Price has come crashing in since the Maher and Eustace-trained import’s impressive Cox Plate win. Post race, jockey Glen Boss expressed confidence in Sir Dragonet’s ability to get 3200 metres.

Prince Of Arran: currently $12 with TopSport

Charlie Fellowes’ English stayer just loves Australia. Third in the Cup 2018, second in 2019 and a heap of other impressive performances in Melbourne. His recent fourth in the Caulfield Cup showed he’s still around the mark. Could this be his year?

Russian Camelot: currently $13 with TopSport

A superb win in the South Australian Derby put Russian Camelot on everybody’s radar. Returned with a huge run to finish second in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and had a subsequent win in the Group 1 Underwood, before being turned over by Arcadia Queen in the Caulfield Stakes. Main target was the Cox Plate, running a strong third despite a very tricky draw.

Verry Elleegant: currently $13 with TopSport

Star Waller mare  who won the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill in Autumn, and returned for the Spring with a tough win in the Group 1 Winx Stakes. Ran fourth as favourite in the Group 1 George Main Stakes, then produced a tough wins in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes and finally the Caulfield Cup. In fantastic form.

Finche: currently $19 with TopSport

Waller runner that produced a great effort in last year’s Cup to finish seventh. Returned with a hard-running third in the Group 2 Chelmsford at Randwick, and finished third (beaten 0.1 lengths) in the Turnbull at Flemington. Finished fifth in the Caulfield Cup with a tough run. Looks to be building very nicely.

Master Of Reality: currently $21 with TopSport

A Lloyd Williams hope trained by Joseph O’Brien, Master Of Reality ran fourth in last year’s Cup. Well and truly put himself in this year’s picture with a 3.5 length win in the Listed Her Majesty’s Plate at Down Royal.

Ashrun: currently $21 with TopSport

Australian Bloodstock’s main hope, qualified after winning Saturday’s Hotham Handicap over 2500 metres. Also ran a close fourth in the Geelong Cup

Twilight Payment: currently $21 with TopSport

A Lloyd Williams / Aidan O’Brien hope, the eight-year-old has put in three great runs at Curragh since June: wins in the Group 3 Vintage Crop (two and a half lengths) and Group 2 Curragh Cup (eight lengths), and third in the Group 1 Irish St Leger.

Miami Bound: currently $34 with TopSport

Four-year-old mare won the Wakeful and The Oaks last year. Steady improvement this prep culminated in a win in the G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup on Cox Plate day.

Steel Prince: currently $34 with TopSport

Ninth in last year’s Cup, third in the Naturalism, third in The Bart Cummings and won the Geelong Cup. Anthony Freedman’s gelding has certainly hit form at the right time and will get the trip.


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