It’s the day the sporting world turns its eyes to Melbourne for about four minutes, while rational people who don’t bet a cent for 364 days of the year open their wallets.
Serious punters will tell you that you’ve got as much chance of picking a winner in ‘the big one’ by choosing the jockey with the prettiest silks as you would by comparing actual form.
There is, however, a basic rule you can follow that will almost guarantee you’re in there at the fi nish. With Australian racing now a sprinter’s paradise and the number of staying races dwindling, the international raiders are generally a sure bet to figure prominently in this 3,200m epic. They’re bred to go the distance, and in the past decade we’ve seen winners from Britain, France and even Japan.
Past winners Dunaden and Americain will again be highly favoured to snare Australian racing’s biggest prize. You’d be brave to bet against them.