Surprise Baby

The Melbourne Cup will be run on the first Tuesday in November despite all the COVID19 chaos, but without the huge crowds that normally grace Flemington on Cup Day.

The one thing that hasn’t changed about the 2020 Melbourne Cup is the horses.

Once again The Cup has brought together and elite field of Melbourne Cup horses to contest the two mile race for $7.75 Million.

Surprise Baby


Surprise Baby (7)

Surprise Baby
Craig Williams
Paul Preusker
nz flagNew Zealand
jockey6YO Bay or Brown Gelding
jockeyCraig Williams (54.5kg)
trainerPaul Preusker

Win: $9.50

Place: $3.20

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Somewhat the forgotten horse this year despite being rock solid in the market is Paul Preusker’s Surprise Baby. The lightly raced five-year-old has only had to runs since running a massive fifth in this race last year, where he was one of the only horses to make any ground from the back. His first up run around The Valley at an unsuitable trip was great, and his Turnbull run was luckless. In just his sixth career start, he was a dominant winner in the Adelaide Cup over 3200m, so we know he will stay, and he can only have gotten better in the past 12 months. He rises 1kg here and gets Craig Williams aboard, from barrier 7 which is ideal. He’s been set for this for a long time.

Can Surprise Baby win The Cup?

Absolutely he can. This has been his goal for 12 months and he looks the perfect horse to give both Craig Williams and Australia back-to-back Melbourne Cups.

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Other Melbourne Cup Horses

2020 Melbourne Cup Field
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
1 Anthony Van Dyck Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg $8.50
2 Avilius James Cummings John Allen 10 57kg $51
3 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 4 57kg $51
4 Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 11 56kg $26
5 Sir Dragonet C Maher & D Eustace Glen Boss 14 55.5kg $10
6 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg $31
7 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller Mark Zahra 15 55.5kg $13
8 Mustajeer Kris Lees Michael Rodd 2 55kg $101
9 Stratum Albion Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 9 55kg $47
10 Dashing Willoughby Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19 54.5kg $101
11 Finche Chris Waller James McDonald 6 54.5kg $19
12 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 1 54.5kg $12
13 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Craig Williams 7 54.5kg $9.50
14 King Of Leogrance Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 18 53.5kg $61
15 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 16 53.5kg $13
16 Steel Prince A & S Freedman William Pike 21 53.5kg $44
17 The Chosen One M Baker & A Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 5 53.5kg $42
18 Ashrun Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 24 53kg $23
19 Warning A & S Freeman Luke Currie 8 53kg $51
20 Etah James C Maher & D Eustace Billy Egan 22 52.5kg $201
21 Tiger Moth Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 23 52.5kg $8.60
22 Oceanex M Price & M Kent jnr Dean Yendall 17 51.5kg $101
23 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 21 51kg $41
24 Persan C Maher & D Eustace Michael Dee 20 51kg $42

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