BetEasy racing trader James Glossop answers our Melbourne Cup questions: How does the overseas form line up and is it a strong year? It’s very difficult given the number of international horses although we can put a line through some of them based off their Melbourne form. We all saw how impressive Admire Rakti’s Melbourne debut was in the Caulfield Cup and we expect that form to hold up. There’s some talk around that it was always going to be more of a Caulfield Cup horse and was a slight query at the 3200m but no doubt it’s got the class. Protectionist’s Australian debut in The Herbert Power was an eye catcher. He got a long way back and savaged the line suggesting the 3200m would be right up his alley. There looked to be a lot left in the tank that day and we can see it improving out of sight. The big track will only help it’s chances. Mutual Regard and Willing Foe are hard to get a gauge on. Mutual Regard’s recent overseas form has been very good and it’s proven at the trip. Willing Foe has also been in good form overseas but we’re struggling to find a spot for it. Red Cadeaux has become somewhat of a Melbourne Cup specialist and runs out of his skin every year, he is impossible to dismiss. Will the barrier draw likely have much effect on the market? The barrier draw won’t have a huge bearing on the market, we all know about that long run into the first turn and they all normally get their chance in the race. There may be minor alterations if any of the fancied runners draw the car park. Which runner is your worst Melbourne Cup result? At this stage Admire Rakti is our worst way. The punters have latched onto it after it’s impressive Caulfield Cup win. As far as some of the roughies go Araldo who is still not guaranteed a run has attracted a great deal of support. We’ve taken a number of decent sized bets at $26 and $21. Are there any fancied runners that are a good result in your book? Second favourite Protectionist is relatively unfancied. We haven’t really laid a bet of any note on the horse at all. Being nearly three weeks between runs we wonder if it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind. But we expect money to come for it on the day. Lucia Valentina has also been quiet in the betting. It’s run in the Caulfield Cup was arguably just as good as the winner if not better. It was taking ground off Admire Rakti over the concluding stages suggesting it may be better suited at the 3200. Saturdays Lexus Stakes could have a major impact on betting. If current favourite Signoff goes out and wins impressively then he may shoot straight to second or third favourite for the cup. His preparation is eerily similar to Shocking who went out and won the Lexus easily before winning the Cup after sitting 3 deep the entire 3200 metres. If Signoff does win he will get into the race with 50kg and have the services of the magic man Joao Moriero. The blinkers are going on and the horse looks ready to peak, a career best performance could be on the cards. What is your best bet in the race? Our tip in the race is Protectionist. We think his Melbourne Cup trial in the Herbert Power was excellent and by all accounts hasn’t missed a beat since. Our roughie for the race is Signoff.