2008 Melbourne Cup Preview

Aiden O’Brien will have a smile on his face this week after mastering that his Irish St Leger winner, Septimus, will not be penalised with the aid of Victorias leader handicapper for his large 13 duration win at the weekend. because of thisO’Brien may have greater motivation to run the horse in the a whole lot prized, Melbourne Cup in November, a race regarded to be among O’Briens targets this yr. The Australian handicappers believes that his competition within the St Leger had been some distance too inferior for Septimus to be penalised. melbourne cup winners

Cynics are already suggesting that the gesture is an unfair incentive to make certain that O’Brien brings his horses to Melbourne for the race. The Ballydoyle maestro has six of his horses entered for the race and preferably O’Brien would liketo run all of them

For maximum race lovers, Septimus was pretty remarkable within the Irish St Leger and the way of his win counseled that he is each bit a Melbourne Cup kindhowever it’s miles worth of observe that 2d horse, New Zealand, had only just broke his maiden in his preceding race and had been properly beaten in his two preceding begins to that. The 1/3 horse homepink Moloney turned into thrashed in her preceding time out and had by no means received a collection race. it’s milesclear consequently why Septimus has acquired no penalty, however it additionally shows that Septimus won’t be the pony, many think he is.

one in every of O’Brien’s other entrants, Honolulu, became an similarly amazing winner of the group 2, Doncaster Cup currently and he has been penalised by way of 1kg for his victory, need to he take part inside the race. a few sense that if Septimus became now not penalised for a collection 1 fulfillment, then why ought to Honolulu be penalised for a set 2. That said, Honolulu is one of these horses who appears to improve with age and he can be the O’Brien first preference of the six he has currently declared.

in spite of the ‘will he wont he’ run factor to the race, Septimus has had his odds inside the Melbourne Cup bettingshortened and is now the clean favored and Australian bookmakers record several large bets made on him because his win on the weekend. they’ve also expected that there can be a flood of cash going on him from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres inside the weeks leading up to the race on November 4th.

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