Tuesday – The Race that Stops a Nation (not the US election)

Actually run at approximately 11pm here in Kentucky (Eastern time in the US) – the Melbourne Cup takes place Down Under on a Tuesday, where businesses and schools are closed for this grand spectacle. Coming so close on the heels of the Breeders Cup, and during the work week no less, many Americans will be unaware of this $6 million dollar race until after the prize money has been awarded.

One trainer has a chance to make history on both continents as Mikel Delzangles will saddle top-weight Dunaden roughly 3 days after his filly Flotilla captured the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf in his first BC start. He later missed another BC triumph as Ridasiyna closed well to finish 4th in the Filly and Mare Turf.

Here’s a pretty cool form guide, and if you click on the horse name you get some past performance info:


Let’s compare the Cups – Melbourne vs Breeders Classic – in terms of how far out the last ‘prep’ was leading up to these top races for 3 year olds and up:

US Breeders Cup entry and days since last race:

63 days
Mucho Macho Man

55 days
Brilliant Speed

42-41 days
Handsome Mike

35 days
Flat Out
Game on Dude
Fort Larned
Richard’s Kid
Ron the Greek
To Honor and Serve

28 days
Pool Play

AU Melbourne Cup entry and days since last race:

114 days
Red Cadeaux

79 days
Mount Athos

51 days

40-31 days

17 days
Voila Ici
Glencadam Gold
My Quest for Peace
Lights of Heaven

13-10 days
Tac de Boistron
Green Moon
Unusual Suspect

4 days

Eyeballing it the US seems to prefer a solid 35 days for the prep, while the Aussies are closer to 14 days.
No comments for once, just interesting to note the different approaches to ‘freshness’.


About bpressey

Equine Exercise Physiologist

Posted on November 5, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Red Cadeaux trained in GB Mount Athos trained in GB Fiorente trained in GB up to this. Cavalryman trained in GB Mourayan last run 27 days

  2. has anyone seen the sun herald from yesterday it looks like things are going to get very interesting in australian horse racing ..

    • I did, same EPO rumors as over here. Now, the way I understand it, one can simply chemically alter a single EPO molecule and render it unidentifiable for any drug test, but it still works as EPO. We call those ‘designer drugs’ over here. Baseball was (in)famous for this, track and field as well. The difference is: in those two sports athletes got faster and stronger and performed better statistically, I find no evidence that US horses are doing the same.

      Plus, with all the shady goings on at the backside, you would think a disgruntled groom, trainer, vet, or owner would turn over such a substance to a state regulator, again that is how it happened in track and field.

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