2017 Melbourne Cup Day: Emirates Melbourne Cup November 06, 2017 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the Flemington Racecourse will host Australia's best-know raceday, the Melbourne Cup Day. It is a special race day event that will feature 10 races from 11AM up to 5:20PM local time. The penultimate event is the 7th race of the day, the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Considered as one of the riches handicap race in the world with a staggering A$6.25 million prize money. The race winner will get the biggest slice of the prize money plus an 18ct gold trophy valued at A$175,000.

Only 23 out of the 24 horses will start at their respective barriers. Who Shot Thebarman was scratched in the race due to an elevated temperature. 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin was impressive in his first two race for his preparation but was relatively flat in his last race. Almandin is considered as the best long distance racer in Australia and it would be an advantage.

There two horses that could challenge Almadin, they are Humidor and Marmelo. Humidor nearly caused an upset in the Cox Plate when he nearly beat Winx. Although, Humidor is questionable if he could overcome a 3200m race. Marwelo has shown a strong performance in his last race, a proven long-distance race and has the ability to conserve his stamina up to the end.

To open the day of festivities, the Emirates 100th A380 Stakes will be held at 8am local time. It is a Group 3 race for two year old fillies, no class restriction and will cover a total race distance of 1000m. This sprint race will feature two great sprinters, Setsuna and Qafila. Setsuna's last race was not her fastest but proved to be a force in a sprint race. Qafila impressed at Caulfield after a late start at the barrier but was able to secure a top 5 finish.

After the opening race, 5 straight minor race will be held which includes TAB.com.au Trophy, Lavazza Short Black, Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate, Schweppes Flemington Fling, Lexus Hybrid Plate. James Boag's Premium Stakes and MSS Security Sprint will be held after the Melbourne Cup race.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes the 10th race of the day will close out the Melbourne Cup day. This is a Group 3 race for 4 year olds and older mare horses. The last race post time is set at 2:20PM local time. Fuhryk was back to her best winning easily in her last race but a 59kg handicap weight could be an issue in the race. Pedrena and Cool Passion are also strong choices in this race. Both mares have relative weight advantage against Fuhryk.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed Marmelo as the odds on favorite to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

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