Neds Perfect Match: Melbourne Cup Edition

To celebrate Neds Filter Form, the feature that allows you to find your Perfect Match, we’re looking at Perfect Matches from the world of sport and racing.

This week, of course it’s the Melbourne Cup!

Neds Filter Form allows you to create form-based singles and multi bets across all three racing codes without having to study the form.

Simply choose from filters like Jockeys, Tracks and Trainers, and the tip looks after itself!

The $7.75 Emirates Melbourne Cup has drawn an outstanding field, rich with Australia’s best stayers and an impressive list of international raiders, seeking their share in the lucrative prize pool and a page in the history books.

Get involved in the comments second on Facebook and let us know which Melbourne Cup perfect matches we’ve left out!

The Melbourne Cup & Bart Cummings

He wasn’t called ‘The Cups King’ for no reason.

Bart Cummings is a legend of Australian thoroughbred racing, but the Melbourne Cup was a particularly happy hunting ground for him.

Having first tasted success in the Race That Stops a Nation with Light Fingers in 1965, Cummings won an unprecedented 12 Melbourne Cups, concluding with Viewed in 2008.

The Melbourne Cup & The World Stage

The Melbourne Cup is easily Australia’s biggest thoroughbred race, and it holds a position amongst the world’s most renown and revered contests.

Runners from every corner of the globe descend on Flemington on the first Tuesday of November each year, in search of their position in the history books.

An outstanding contingent of internationals will take their place in the Melbourne Cup field on Tuesday, including early favourites Anthony Van Dyck and Tiger Moth.

The Melbourne Cup & Incredible Stories

The Melbourne Cup has enjoyed a storied existence since its inaugural running in 1861.

It has produced countless memorable moments and provided a stage for some truly incredible feats.

One such example from modern Melbourne Cup history is Media Puzzle’s emotional win in 2002.

Makybe Diva & Winning

Her racing career was simply outstanding, but Makybe Diva will forever be remembered for her three-consecutive Melbourne Cup wins in 2003, 2004 & 2005.

Saddled by David Hall to her first success in the Race That Stops A Nation, the Desert King mare was transferred to the care of master trainer Lee Freedman before saluting two more times.

She is the winningest horse in Melbourne Cup history.

Red Cadeaux & Finishing Second

No horse went closer to winning a Melbourne Cup (without actually saluting) more times than Red Cadeaux.

It took stewards an eternity to decide whether or not he dead heated with Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, and Red Cadeaux would go agonizingly close to glory again in both 2013 and 2014.

Prince Of Arran & Cult Status

Something about an underdog story always gets the Australian public going, and the most recent example of that is Prince Of Arran.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes sent ‘the Prince’ to Australia for his first crack at the race in 2018, and after winning his way in through the Lexus Stakes, he returned a bold effort to finish third behind Cross Counter.

He returned in 2019, won the Geelong Cup before finishing second to Vow And Declare in the Cup by the barest of margins.

Prince Of Arran will take his place in the 2020 Melbourne Cup field, and in-form hoop Jamie Kah will attempt to steer the Shirocco gelding to success.

Four-Year-Olds & Winning

Four-year-olds have the best record in the Melbourne Cup, with 46 winners saluting in that age bracket previously, including Vow And Declare last year.

Russian Camelot, Warning, Tiger Moth (Northern Hemisphere), Miami Bound and Persan are the four-year-olds engaged in the 2020 Melbourne Cup field.

Barrier 5 & Melbourne Cup Winners

Barrier 5 has been the most successful alley, with eight winners having launched from the draw previously.

Caulfield Cup placegetter The Chosen One will leave from barrier 5 in the 2020 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

Fiorente launched from barrier 5 in 2013.

Barrier 18 & Duck Eggs

The only barrier that is yet to produce a Melbourne Cup winner is 18.

Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance will become the next horse attempting to break the hoodoo on Tuesday afternoon.

Obviously, there isn’t a video available of anything winning the Melbourne Cup from barrier 18 😉

54.5kgs & Winning

54.5kgs has been the most successful weight carried by Melbourne Cup winners previously – 8 horses have been the first to greet the judge with that weight in tow.

Just four horses will carry 54.5kgs in the 2020 Melbourne Cup; Dashing Willoughby, Finche, Prince Of Arran and Surprise Baby.

Filter Form & Finding The Melbourne Cup Winner

The 2020 Melbourne Cup will be the first opportunity that we get to find the winner with Filter Form!

Simply navigate to the Filter Form tab and enter all of your form preferences to find your perfect match in the Race That Stops a Nation.