“Don’t let the mixed signals fool you. Indecision is a decision….”
It’s time to decide just who will be carrying your hard-earned in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
A capacity field of 24 will line up – and the experts say it is the most open and as a result, hardest Cup to predict in years.
Bold saying considering a 100/1 shot landed the prize last year.
Anyway, here are two things to mull over as you plough through the long and tiring process of studying the form.
- Kerrin McEvoy.
- The Early Crow.
It is a statement of fact that at present, in Australia, Kerrin McEvoy, along with Hugh Bowman, are the two best and most in form riders.
They seem to be lifting their mounts, almost willing them to produce their best, to reach heights even they’ve never done before, in their races.
They are making their mounts run faster.
So it’s very interesting to note the thoughts of McEvoy going into the Cup.
He was asked point blank, on Twitter during the week, this question: ‘Kerrin, if you could choose between Scottish, Hartnell, Qewy or Oceanographer to ride in the Cup, which one would you choose?’
Simple enough on face value, right?
Simple because, Kerrin had ridden Scottish to 2nd spot in the great Melbourne Cup lead-up race, the Caulfield Cup, and then had won the other great lead-up race the Geelong Cup on Qewy, so it seemed he was in a privileged position to answer the question.
It was made a great deal better when he rode an inspired race to win the Lexus last Saturday aboard Oceanographer, who won so impressively bookies trimmed him right up and pro-punters started backing him with gay abandon.
So, Kerrin…tough call, indecision everywhere…which one?
He responded by saying….I think I’d like to ride Hartnell.”
Wow. We didn’t see that coming.
He didn’t get offered the ride on Hartnell, but chose, despite the great efforts of Qewy and Oceanographer, to ride Almandin in the Cup instead. Which must give it wings and renewed hope.
Now, as you process all that, The Early Crow, another who has been in dashing form, has his own thoughts on the Cup this year.
He’s on BIG ORANGE to win this year and here’s why.
“He is a brilliant long-distance galloper.
He’s recognized as a bona fide star in Europe capable of running fast with big weights, on tough courses and does the job every start.
He came here last year and ran 5th in the Cup. His trainer Michael Bell, claims he's a much more seasoned, stronger, mature horse than the Big Orange who visited Australia.
If this were a handicap in Europe, he’d be giving a lot more weight to most of these.
What's even more encouraging is the fact the second tier European stayers have all done remarkably well in Australia this year. Horses like Scottish, Qewy, Francis Of Assisi, and Oceanographer are good gallopers, but are not considered in the same league as Big Orange in Europe. He's been working fantastic since arriving here too.
He can win our big race from Exospheric with Oceanographer and Almandin fighting it out for 3rd.