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2020 Melbourne Cup Day Tips & Preview

2020 Melbourne Cup Day has arrived, and we are set for an enormous ten-race program at Flemington on Tuesday!

There are few greater thrills than backing a winner on Cup Day, particularly in the feature, and there are plenty of opportunity at finding the value in 2020.

You can find all of my 2020 Melbourne Cup Day tips below.

Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) – 10:45am AEDT
No. 1 Ingratiating

As it typically does, the Maribyrnong Plate gets Melbourne Cup Day underway and nine juveniles will contest the race.

Four horses will be making their competitive debuts and while a lot can happen in these races, I’ll be happy to have something on Ingratiating.

Ingratiating has had one start, debuting for an eye-catching win in the Maribyrnong Trial, and he will only improve for that effort.

Listed World Horse Racing Desirable Stakes (1400m) – 11:20am AEDT
No. 2 Joviality

Joviality has been a strong and consistent performer this time, and she can win Race 2 on Melbourne Cup Day.

The daughter of I Am Invincible won three races at Warwick Farm in succession earlier this prep, and she has finished fifth in the Group 1 Flight Stakes and second in the Listed Reginald Allen in the wake.

She is rock-hard fit, James McDonald retains the ride and with even luck from the draw, she can fight out the finish.

Schweppervescence Plate (1000m) – 12pm AEDT
No. 3 Alleboom

Alleboom looks to be a genuine 1000m horse, and he can return to winning form in Race 3 on Cup Day 2020.

The three-year-old son of Spirit Of Boom has recorded two wins and as many placings from just five career starts, and was a dominant winner over 1000m at Morphettville two back.

He didn’t appear to get the trip when sixth of seven in a 1200m race last time, and as long as he handles racing down the straight, I think he’s the one to beat under these conditions.

The Macca’s Run (2800m) – 12:40pm AEDT
No. 8 Yonkers

This staying contest is always a highlight of Melbourne Cup Day and a quality field has been taken again, but I simply cannot look past Yonkers.

Yonkers has been a good horse for Chris Waller this year, and he has continued to improve with each of his four efforts back from a spell, culminating in an impressive win over a mile and a half at Caulfield on Blue Sapphire Day.

He looks to be at peak order for this race, the rise in trip should suit at this point of his preparation, and he’ll take beating.

Listed TAB Trophy (1800m) – 1:20pm AEDT
No. 2 Ain'tnodeeldun

Ain’tnodeeldun is seeking a hat-trick of wins when he steps out on Melbourne Cup Day and he is up to doing it.

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained colt needed the run when fifth behind Embolism at Bendigo first-up, but he has since been outstanding, breaking his maiden with ease at Sale before winning the Listed Hill Smith Stakes at Morphettville.

Fitter fourth-up, getting further out in trip and in this company, he can win again.

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Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m) – 1:55pm AEDT
No. 2 Groundswell

Groundswell appears to have returned to the races in career-best form this time, and this looks another very winnable race for him.

The Fastnet Rock gelding finished third in the Neds Caulfield Guineas last spring, but he didn’t live up to his billing in autumn and was gelded.

That decision has alright started to pay dividends – he finished fourth behind the likes of Ancestry when resuming and has won each of his last two starts in impressive fashion.

This is another rise in class, but he is more than capable of handling it.

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Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) – 3pm AEDT
No. 1 Anthony Van Dyck & No. 19 Warning

The 2020 Melbourne Cup field is packed with class, and will see our best stayers go up against an impressive list of international raiders.

Two that I am eager to have a bet on are Anthony Van Dyck and Warning.

Anthony Van Dyck is one of the world’s best stayers, and has found form around some of the world’s best horses, in some of the world’s best races.

He enters the Melbourne Cup off the back of a strong second behind Verry Elleegant in the Caulfield Cup, and while he is yet to contest a race over two miles, it appears as though it will suit.

Warning has been a great horse for Anthony and Sam Freedman throughout his career and looks over the Melbourne Cup odds at his current price ($41 at publish).

The Declaration Of War gelding won the Derby last spring, and he has stripped fitter for three starts back from a spell.

From a good draw and with a light weight in tow, I think he could very well be the Melbourne Cup winner.

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Listed Furphy Plate (1800m) – 4pm AEDT
No. 13 Odeon

This one of Melbourne Cup Day’s most open races and there is a case to be made for many of the fourteen starters.

Odeon typically keeps his best racing for Flemington and at around the $12 mark, I’m eager to have an each-way play.

Odeon needed the run he finished down the order at The Valley when resuming, but followed up that run with a close-up second behind Junipal over a mile.

He was again tough through the line over 1700m at Caulfield, and he was last seen finishing second behind Future Score in the Listed Cranbourne Cup.

He looks to be at peak fitness for this race, Jamie Kah is a bonus, and he is drawn to receive every chance from barrier 3.

Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) – 4:40pm AEDT
No. 3 Lyre

She hasn’t quite lived up to the hype at her last three starts, but Lyre is at peak fitness for this race and I am happy to give her one last chance.

She’s a Group 1 winner and for the most part, she has been a strong and consistent racehorse throughout her career.

Lyre flew home to finish second in the Neds Heath when resuming, but has since only managed to finish midfield in three starts.

This is a drop in class from her sixth placing in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes a couple of weeks ago, she has drawn a peach and will be ridden by James McDonald.

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Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) – 5:15pm AEDT
No. 6 Exhilarates

Backing Godolphin to take out the final two races on Melbourne Cup Day 2020, with Exhilirates contesting this Listed sprint down the straight.

The Magic Millions winner has been an outstanding horse for the stable throughout her career, and I’m expecting her to enjoy wholesale improvement from a credible run for sixth in the Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes when resuming a few weeks ago.

Her second-up record is outstanding, Kerrin McEvoy rides, and the $9 available at publish could be well and truly over the odds.