2013 Melbourne Cup Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

The 57th running of the Melbourne Cup will see eight greyhounds lining up behind the boxes to win the worlds richest race.

The first prizemoney is a staggering $350,000 which will see the winner rocket in to the top 25 stakes winning greyhounds of all time.

The amount of money on offer is certainly creating a good deal of controversy, and has created some interesting scenarios for the sports statisticians.

A Black Magic Opal win would see him placed just outside the top 10 stakes winning greyhounds, while Peter Rocket could instantly become the second highest prize money earning Australian greyhound in history; second only to the mighty Miata.

Bookmakers and learned judges have Black Magic Opal odds on to lead from box 2 and romp to victory, despite almost being run down by Gold Town last week in the heats.

However the prospect of a lightning fast track tonight will help his cause to end the shocking run of favourites in the Melbourne Cup in recent times. 2010 Melbourne Cup winner El Grand Señor is the only greyhound in recent times to have won the race as favourite.

2013 Melbourne Cup Formguide


 

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.60
Heat Win
Shifty Sticka
Trainer
Paul Anderton
Owner
Anthony McVicker
Prizemoney
$54,735
Last 10 Starts
2213112111
 23 Month White and Black Dog by Premier Fantasy Irish Malt
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,881 Rating  94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 11  5  3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1  1
Comments: Is yet to be unplaced in all of his 19 race starts. Showed excellent strength last week to streak away from the pack and has come up with the favourable box.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.50 29.54 5.07 5.10
Box 2
Race Odds
$1.80
Heat Win
Black Magic Opal
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Black Opal Syndicate
Prizemoney
$145,185
Last 10 Starts
1714111111
30 Month Black Dog by Magic Sprite Awesome Opal
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating  $4,537 Rating  100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 25 4 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
78% 91%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1
Comments: Flew out of the six alley last week to blitz the field in best of the night figures. Short-priced favourite to give his trainer a second consecutive Melbourne Cup, however can be steady at the finish.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.41 29.41 4.90 4.90
Box 3
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Win
Proven Maddy
Trainer
Wayne Vassallo
Owner
McGrath Syndicate
Prizemoney
$121,520
Last 10 Starts
1121831551
45 Month White and Black Bitch by El Galo Proven Lilly
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $2,337 Rating  96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 23 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 6 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3  1
Comments: Ran a great race last week to qualify in strong time. Has drawn ideally near the rails and has a sizzling personal best at the track. Very capable of claiming this.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.15 29.43 4.99 5.04
Box 4
Race Odds
$10
Heat Win
Kiss Me Ketut
Trainer
David Burnett
Owner
David Burnett
Prizemoney
$109,450
Last 10 Starts
1128253211
27 Month  Black  Dog by  Bombastic Shiraz  Sprial Siyan
Start Fast Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,219 Rating  90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 34  15  6  5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 8  4  1  1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 5  2  1
Comments: Will need plenty of luck from this draw. Very capable greyhound who looked good last week running down Xylia Allen in the second slowest of the heats. Hard to see him leading or running anything down in this, but is generally thereabouts. Trifecta hopes only.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.46 29.57  5.03 5.08
Box 5
Race Odds
$13
Heat Win
Hawk Alone
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Mark Rodgers
Prizemoney
$98.620
Last 10 Starts
4214321511
27 Month Black Dog by Westmead Hawk Glamorous Jade
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,988 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 13 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7  4  1  1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2  2
Comments: Ran right up to his best last week from box 6 to run down early leader What A Good Size. A good chance of pushing forward early from this draw and getting the sit 2nd or 3rd through the first corner. Good enough to place but would need trouble in running to others to win this.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.38 29.50 5.04 5.05
Box 6
Race Odds
$16
Heat Win
 
Peter Rocket
Trainer
Keith Hellmuth
Owner
Lisa Hellmuth
Prizemoney
$289,505
Last 10 Starts
3121127231
39 Month Black Dog by Where’s Pedro Belron Blue
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $5,567 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 21 7 14
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15  6  1  6
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3  2
Comments: Written off by most after the box draw, but not not without hopes from out here in box 6. Has a good record from the drawn and likely to get cover from Hawk Alone early to push across. Likes the middle of the track so should get through the first corner okay and is in career best form.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.43 29.43 5.08 5.10
Box 7
Race Odds
$36
Heat Win
Dyna Beth
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendon Wheeler
Prizemoney
$44,320
Last 10 Starts
2645341411
25 Month Red Brindle Bitch by Surf Lorian Marzeena Bale
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $2,215 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 9 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8  4  1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2
Comments: Every possible chance last week leading all the way in the slowest of the heats. Very fast early and may be nuisance value for those boxed inside. Excellent Sandown record but cannot run the times needed to win. Great effort to make the final and definitely on a form upswing but not fast enough to win this from out here in box 7.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 29.70 5.01 5.01
Box 8
Race Odds
$11
Heat Win
Iona Seven
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Michelle Sidrak
Prizemoney
$72,810
Last 10 Starts
1211145851
31 Month Black Bitch by Swift Fancy Iona Habit
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $2,141 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 12 10 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9  6  1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2  1
Comments: Did run 29.18 from box 6 here on a “suped up” track 2 months ago and did everything right last week from box 3. Has a terrific Sandown record but hard to see her improving on that record from the outside here where she doesn’t have enough speed to cross the others, but has just enough to make a line of 4 or 5 in to the first corner. Can’t see her getting a clean run.
Best Sandown Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.18 29.51 4.99 5.07

It is nearly impossible not see Black Magic Opal leading from the draw, but he has been prone to the odd miscue and stumble at the start of his races, as seen two starts back at Warrnambool. There is no doubting he is one of the fastest greyhounds in training to the first and second sectional marks, but there is no way he can come from behind and win this – there is just too much equal pace around him and he’ll get buried without a trademark brilliant start.

Black Magic Opal did look a little weak in the run to the line last week at his first 500m run for some time, and on a heavier track. He should start fitter this week, and the track is almost guaranteed to be lightning fast, which will make his job easier this week.

Black Magic Opal should lead and win.

If for any reason, Black Magic Opal does not lead, look for Peter Rocket to carve over and take up the running.

Shifty Sticka, who has never missed a place; should finish in the first three regardless how the race plays out, but will need luck to claim the win.

Proven Maddy is the next best.

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