|What||Race 6, Flemington|
|Where||Flemington Racecourse – Flemington VIC, 3031|
|When||Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 10:45am AEDT | Race 6|
|Race Conditions||BenchMark 90, Handicap, Minimum Weight 56kg|
Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy Horse Betting Preview
The BM90 Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy over 1400 metres closes the early quaddie on Melbourne Cup day and with a capacity field of 16 accepted, it looks set to be one of the hardest races on the card from a market perspective. It’s safe to say if we can steer you into the winner, you should be ending Cup day with a profit.
The Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy will jump at 1:55pm as the final race before the Melbourne Cup.
Bet on the 2020 Melbourne cup
Race 6 Flemington Runner-By-Runner Guide | November 3 2020
#1 Coming Around (11)
Fresh off a six week freshen up after taking out the Gold Nugget at Ballarat, the Brent Stanley galloper will look to build on his impressive record to date so far in his career. Two starts ago he was well in the market in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes and chased home the likes of Surprise Baby, Humidor and Harbour Views. His best form has him right in this race, but having to lug around 61.5kgs looks to be the big query.
#2 Groundswell (15)
Anthony Freedman and Damian Lane team up with the favourite in the race who has returned in fine form this campaign. Despite drawing barrier 15 he has the speed to overcome the tricky draw, but in a big field it is always best to be cautious with on-speed gallopers from a wide barrier especially if they get stranded out wide. If he can get across without many issues then he will prove incredibly hard to run down, but there looks to be too much doubt about the early proceedings to be too confident.
#3 Bravo Tango (7)
After being off the racing circuit for twelve months the Mitch Freedman galloper has been far from the consistent galloper that raced in the Spring last year. He was the first one beaten in the listed Caulfield Village Stakes three weeks ago and failed to beat a runner home. Prior to that he was only fair in the Testa Rossa Stakes, and based on those two runs it is hard to get too excited about him heading into this.
#4 Fox Hall (4)
After a string of disappointing performances, the Tony McEvoy trained 7YO gelding was able to get the job done in a small field at Morphettville. He returns to Flemington where he will look to improve on his poor record at the track where he only has run into the money once from four attempts. It’s hard to get to excited for a horse in recent times who has struggled to beat many of his rivals home.
#5 Savatoxl (2)
The former Northern Territory based galloper has been a touch below his since being based in the Southern states. He had the run of the race in the Caulfield Villages Stakes but didn’t offer much in the home straight and meets a similar standard here. He endured a similar run two starts ago in the Balaklava Cup and it was a similar story as it was at Caulfield. Our suggestion is that if you are a Savatoxl fan to wait until they’re behind the barriers to back him as he should drift in the market.
#6 Outrageous (1)
After mixing form in Sydney without breaking through last campaign during the winter, the Hawkes team will be hoping a trip back to Flemington will be the remedy to get this All TOo Hard gelding back into winning form. He gets William Pike on board for the first time and from barrier one he should have the early speed to settle just off the leader and put himself in a winning position early.
#7 Strome (10)
#8 Heavenly Emperor (12)
Having been successful twice at Flemington in his career, Stephen Brown’s 5YO gelding will be looking to wind back the clock to his form this time last year. Despite his impressive record at the track, he doesn’t look like he will be featuring in the finish in this BM90 on Cup day.
#9 Mr Exclusive (3)
Matthew Brown’s 5YO gelding is the rank outsider in the capacity field and is yet to break through for a victory at Flemington in eight attempts. He has not won in nearly two years and looks to be out of his depth here in a tough race. He has failed to beat a runner home twice in his last four runs and it looks to be a similar story here unfortunately.
#10 Pinyin (13)
The enigma that is Pinyin has come back in fine form for Jim Conlan and his team. She was well held in the listed Alinghi Stakes, but was only beaten by two and a half lengths by the handy California Zimbol. If she can bring her form prior to the Alinghi Stakes where she strung together two successive wins, then she will provide a good sight at odds with the barnstorming finish she possesses.
#11 Tavidance (5)
The resuming 5YO gelding for the Mick Price stable will look to continue his good affiliation with Jamie Kah, who has helped steer him into two wins from three starts. The query is that his sole victory on a firmer track came back in a BM70 in September last year. He is certainly a galloper who prefers the sting out of the ground, but with an impressive first up record (3:2-0-1) we know he comes to hand quite quickly and will be there or thereabouts.
#12 Viral (16)
Danny O’Brien and Craig Williams will be hoping that their 5YO gelding can build on her solid first up performance at Caulfield on Blue Sapphire Stakes Day. He was impressive when string back to back wins in the Autumn this year, and is always within striking distances in these types of races.
#13 Aqueduct (14)
It’s hard to knock the form of the Michael Hickmott 4YO gelding in his debut Australian campaign over the border in South Australia. He’s a galloper who takes luck out of the equation and looks to be the leader in the race and will set a genuine tempo and will try to ‘break his rivals heart” in one of his tougher challenges to date. His last start runner up performance in the Murray Bridge Cup shows he should handle the occasion, and dropping back to 1400 metres where he has four wins from six starts looks ideal.
#14 Titan Blinders (17)
The Corsten’s team must love the consistency this 5YO gelding brings on each occasion he races. He is yet to miss a placing in his last nine runs, and was only beaten a length by the race favourite in this event in his last start at The Valley. He isn’t necessarily a horse who has a lighting turn of foot, but if he gets the right tempo in the race he may be able to grind his way into a result and look to break his drought at his sixth start at Flemington where he is yet to win.
#15 Left Hand Man (9)
#16 Ocular (18)
We were Shea Eden’s 4YO gelding at his last start at Geelong where he went down as an odds-on favourite. He has won twice this campaign in impressive style from four starts and will look to bounce back from a poor showing the last time he was at Flemington, but should enjoy going around a corner instead of down the straight. From barrier 18 he will need a bit of luck early in the running, but if Damian Lane can get him in with cover in the moving line he will prove hard to hold out.
#17 (E1) Starcaster (8)
After the scratching of Strome, the Anothy Freedman trained galloper was able to get a start and get back to Flemington where he is yet to run a drum in four attempts at the track. He was best of the beaten brigade behind Ocular last time out, but the two in front put a significant gap on the rest so take from that what you will. He has two wins from six second up performances so he will benefit from that effort in Geelong, but is hard to entertain in this event.
#18 (E2) The Difference (6)
After the scratching of Strome and Left Hand Man, the McEvoy trained gelding gets an opportunity to continue his fine form at Flemington. He absolutely bolted in at his last start at Morphettville and has the ability to do it both from the front or towards the back of the field. He has three wins from four starts on a Good track and is yet to run out of the quinella in the meantime.
Bet on the 2020 Melbourne cup
|$100 Betting Strategy|
|$10 Each Way:||Pinyin|