Punters have made headlines over the last few years for hitting big quaddie jackpots and Melbourne Cup day is the best day to place one if you are looking for a big payout.
A quaddie is picking the winner of the last four races on the card.
The Melbourne Cup kicks off the quaddie in style, which is followed by three quality and full fields where punters will be able to get each way odds for most runners.
How much can a quaddie pay? Last year’s quaddie paid over $6000 and it included a $2.70 shot winning the second leg. The payouts are incredible but it can be tough nailing a quaddie on Melbourne Cup day.
Leg 1 – Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m)
|1||Hartnell||James Cummings||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||$31|
|2||Almandin||Robert Hickmott||Frankie Dettori||14||56.5kg||$9|
|3||Humidor||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||13||56kg||$11|
|4||Tiberian||Alain Couetil||Oliver Peslier||23||55.5kg||$26|
|5||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||16||55kg||$8.50|
|6||Red Cardinal||Andreas Wohler||Kerrin McEvoy||24||55kg||$18|
|7||Johannes Vermeer||Aiden O’Brien||Ben Melham||3||54.5kg||$9.50|
|8||Bondi Beach||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||1||54kg||$67|
|9||Max Dynamite||William Mullins||Zac Purton||2||54kg||$14|
|10||Ventura Storm||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Glen Boss||6||54kg||$34|
|Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||20||54kg||SCR|
|12||Wicklow Brave||William Mullins||Stephen Baster||8||54kg||$67|
|13||Big Duke||Darren Weir||Brenton Avdulla||5||53.5kg||$19|
|14||US Army Ranger||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||22||53.5kg||$67|
|15||Boom Time||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Cory Parish||9||53kg||$34|
|16||Gallante||Robert Hickmott||Michael Dee||18||53kg||$91|
|17||Libran||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||7||53kg||$41|
|18||Nakeeta||Iain Jardine||Glyn Schofield||19||53kg||$41|
|19||Single Gaze||Nick Olive||Kathy O’Hara||11||53kg||$41|
|20||Wall Of Fire||Hugo Palmer||Craig Williams||15||53kg||$11|
|21||Thomas Hobson||William Mullins||Joao Moreira||21||52kg||$19|
|22||Rekindling||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||4||51.5kg||$12|
|23||Amelie’s Star||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||10||51kg||$21|
|24||Cismontane||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens||17||50kg||$67|
2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin is a top chance again. The Robert Hickmott-trained eight-year-old has had three starts since that win which included a quality win in the JTA Trophy. The son of Monsun has since finished fourth in the Bart Cummings, but it was forced to carry 60kg on that occasion and dropping to 56.5kg is a great result for connections. Losing Damien Oliver in the saddle is a negative factor, but Frankie Detorri has won feature races all around the world and he’s desperate to win Australia’s biggest.
We were impressive with the performance of Johannes Vermeer in the Caulfield Cup and it arguably could have won. The Aidan O’Brien-trained international finished third behind Boom Time, but it got an unlucky passage through the field in the straight and he still picked up good ground late. His second placing behind Gailo Chop in the Caulfield Stakes is also a good form pointer for the Melbourne Cup and the odds are appealing. $10 for a quality European is worth including in quaddie bets.
Marmelo had the blinking light on in the Caulfield Cup and its chances should be respected. The Hughie Morrison-trained five-year-old was well-back in the field before making up plenty of ground late in the race. Rising in distance is going to suit his chances and French form has always stacked up well in Australia. Carrying only 55kg, we would have liked better odds than what’s currently available, but he must be included here.
Single Gaze is the knockout chance in the opening leg of the quaddie. The Nick Olive-trained mare finished second in the Caulfield Cup and did it harder than most in the field, but she has been given no respect at $41. The five-year-old is trying the 3200m for the first time, but she looks more than capable of seeing out the staying distances and carrying only 53kg will make that easier.
Leg 2 – Prince of Penzance Handicap (2800m)
Former New Zealand runner Sin to Win has been winning well since arriving in Australia. Now with Lindsay Park, the five-year-old scored a quality win at Mornington before repeating the dose at Caulfield last start. The son of Sir Percy hasn’t beaten much in terms of opposition, but his placing behind Anaheim in September should hold him in good stead for this. There are no superstars in this race and it could take advantage.
Wheal Leisure isn’t the most consistent horse, but its form lines up well for this race. The Archie Alexander-trained four-year-old has won four of its 10 starts, which included wins over the likes of Lord Fandango and Hardham earlier this preparation. She didn’t fire in the Geelong Cup last start when finishing fifth behind Vengeur Masque, but the pace of the race didn’t suit and the rise to 2800m is going to suit her perfectly. The stable is firing and Wheal Leisure looks a top chance.
Ubin Thunderstruck is worth including if it makes the field. The Darren Weir-trained five-year-old was given a horrible ride by Craig Williams at Geelong last start and it should have won that race with something in hand. His form prior included a win over the highly-touted Crocodile Rock at Sandown and although it finished only fourth behind Sin to Win at Mornington, he gets a significant weight advantage this time around.
Leg 3 – Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)
Petition has been unlucky not to win this campaign, but this could be its time to shine. The Anthony Freedman-trained four-year-old has won only two of her 11 starts, but with close finishes behind the likes of Merriest, Now Or Later and Global Glamour this campaign, the performances have been respectable. The Adelaide Guineas placegetter gets back during the run and flies home, which can make winning difficult, but Flemington is a wide open track which will suit this horse.
Fuhryk returned to form last start with a win in the Alinghi Stakes. The 2.25-length win signalled a much-needed return to form after the four-year-old mare looked to be struggling to recapture its best. A seventh in the Cockram Stakes and an eighth in the How Now Stakes had loyal punters worried, but she carried 58kg with aplomb last start and rising to 59kg for this shouldn’t worry it too much. Punters should be looking for a win price around the $5 mark.
Miss Gunpowder has been waiting to run at Flemington and it finally gets a big track to suit. The Lindsay Park-trained mare has quality throughout over the course of her 19 start career and there have been good signs in two starts this campaign. The five-year-old finished fourth in the Northwood Plume at Caulfield before running third around Moonee Valley last start and it has always thrived around the bigger tracks. It needs time to warm up and the 1400m at Flemington is going to make her a winning threat.
Leg 4 – TAB Trophy (1700m)
Payroll has been around the mark this campaign and although it hasn’t won in seven starts at Flemington, it has got close on numerous occasions. The Richard Laming-trained five-year-old won the Spear Chief Stakes at Doomben in June before running second behind the well-related Religify in the G.H. Mumm. She ran a quality third placing behind Now Or Later last start on this track and that effort should hold it in good order for this.
I Am Serious is a serious runner for Chris Waller. The former country runner has won its last two for Waller, but there are still doubts as to whether it will travel to Melbourne for this run. Despite those concern, if I Am Serious does line up it’s a chance following a solid win at Randwick last start. The four-year-old mare has a good turn-of-foot which is helping her string wins together and with only a possible 54kg on her back here, it’s a big chance of scoring at odds.
Hell or Highwater has won twice at Flemington and it’s a chance to rebound after a poor effort at Caulfield. The Hayes/Dabernig-trained mare had looked impressive earlier this preparation when winning three consecutive starts, but rising to group level has been a tough ask. Dropping in grade for this is ideal and the daughter of Not a Single Doubt should have enough ability to get back on track.
How much will the quaddie cost?
For a full unit (100%) our quaddie will cost $108 at Neds.com.au, but punters have the choice to alter how much they spend on the quaddie.
Punters can spend as little as $5.40 for our suggested quaddie, which will return 5 percent of the quaddie dividend. Or, punters could spend more for a bigger percentage of the pie.
To place our quaddie, simply go to Neds or CrownBet, click on the Flemington meeting and select “Quaddie”. From there you will input your selections for each race and add the entire quaddie to your bet slip.
All you need to do now is decide how much you want to spend and you’re all set for your 2017 Melbourne Cup quaddie.