If Bart Cummings is the Cups King, then Lee Freedman is the Prince! He’s knows this race better than most, having trained 5 Melbourne Cup winners of his own, including the immortal Makybe Diva in her second and third triumphs of the great race! Check out Lee’s tips for this year’s edition of the race that stops the nation!
I’ve mulled this over and over and I’ve settled on Johannes Vermeer. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, and ridden by Ben Melham who is certain to win a major with his patient style. His run in the Caulfield Cup was fantastic. The breakneck speed of the race that day took the sprint out of him a little, but he kept finding the line. Had excuses up the straight where he was held up for a run on a couple of occasions and while he wasn’t severely checked at any point, his momentum was stalled at crucial times when he had to weave between runners.
Has great recent form at Group level in European staying races. Ran home with a flashing light for 6th in the Caulfield Cup. That was a very strong finish – quite reminiscent of several past Melbourne Cup winners we’ve seen from overseas come here and have one run, and I think it’s very important that they do. The way he savaged the line last start has me a big fan of his chances but from back in the field, may have too much to do too late.
Unbeaten at this trip with two wins from two starts, this bloke has great form around the world in top staying events. He’s drawn the carpark but McEvoy to ride helps. Trained by Andreas Wohler, the same man who came out and won the 2014 Melbourne Cup with Protectionist, he’s too good not to have in your multiples.
Backed up from the Caulfield Cup in the Cox Plate and ran a freak of a horse in Winx to about half a length. That’s outstanding form! The only query with him may be whether he runs the 3200m, but on pure form, he’s the best of the local hopes.
Take a look at all four runners in the recently run Group 1 Caulfield Cup, and see for yourself how their performances stack up!