The Melbourne Cup – 25th March 2017

Melbourne Cup

Goodbye My Friend

The fairy tale career of Champagne Wishes reaches a climax at Sydney Harbour Racecourse today when his trainer Blackjack Farms saddles him in the Melbourne Cup. He is doing well, but is going to have to hope for better luck after being pipped close to the line in the Track King Open on Saturday. 

Secret Exponent has transferred to Manor Park Stud from Dixon Racing for $7m and he must fancy his chances here to recoup some of that, from a good draw with Cheyenne Truter up. Addie Over Dan has had a long season, and is in prime form, having won five of his last six starts

Race field

# Form Horse Stable Jockey Final Odds
1 4,1,1,2,5 Secret Exponent Manor Park Stud !Cheyenne Ruter! N/A
2 1,1,1,1,4 Addie Over Dan Addictive Racing Almeda Koppelman N/A
3 2,3,3,2,4 Eisheth Sootie !Carlee Mukhtar! N/A
4 1,1,3,1,1 Jiggy Pearly Smogville Melissia Haggin N/A
5 1,1,1,1,2 Champagne Wishes Blackjack Farms !Alfonso Dunfee! N/A
6 3,3,4,5,2 Jantana Fireworks swindin Jackson Hennies N/A
7 1,1,3,1,1 Philly Eirene Empty Wallet Stables Cleta Ploszaj N/A
8 1,1,1,1,1 Chakra Star White Star In Laviola N/A
9 3,7,6,5,5 Tiger Pug Pugstable Janiece Leete N/A


1. Secret Exponent

9yo mare from Manor Park Stud, Career earnings: $6,492,846
Overall rating: Majestic(80) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 3rd Apr 2015, bred by Sootie
Lineage:By Do The Math out of Sugar’s Vector

Stable comments: – “

2. Addie Over Dan

10yo stallion from Addictive Racing, Career earnings: $8,622,366
Overall rating: Majestic(80) – Competitive
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by Dan Park
Lineage:By Dans Inda Dark out of Prancess

Stable comments: – “Last cup run for Dan here which is bit sad, been a top horse for me but is just missing that Open WC now. Was disappointing last week in the TK Open fading late but jock change and RI tweak should help him be stronger late. Secret Exponent and Champagne Wishes the biggest dangers but confident of a good result here.”

3. Eisheth

10yo mare from Sootie, Career earnings: $5,029,542
Overall rating: Marvelous(75) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by JamesBrown
Lineage:By Paulo Cully out of Bento

Stable comments: – “

4. Jiggy Pearly

10yo stallion from Smogville, Career earnings: $3,058,489
Overall rating: Admirable(59) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 16th Jan 2015, bred by DvBBreedrace
Lineage:By Rockstar out of Yoo Daniel Charity

Stable comments: – “Jiggy Pearly: I only saw the cup on the Friday, missed the flight for Saturday heats but ran a blinder to win the Sunday long heat with low XP. I then realised you can use different horses in this cup and kicked myself for not noticing earlier. Having said that, even with perfect race preparation I don’t think anyone could put my horse forward as a contender. It’s not a great horse, has XP that suits the final and OR that suits the heats. I’ve never raced an 11 year old before, so we’ll hobble along for a day out in our top hat and tails just for fun.”

5. Champagne Wishes

10yo stallion from Blackjack Farms, Career earnings: $12,135,835
Overall rating: Tremendous(74) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by Blackjack Farms
Lineage:By Velocity Tango out of Glass Slippers

Stable comments: – “Looking for a bit of redemption after Wishes 2nd place int he TKO last weekend. Would be great to finish off his 10yo season with a cup win.”

6. Jantana Fireworks

10yo stallion from swindin, Career earnings: $2,379,924
Overall rating: Tremendous(74) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 16th Jan 2015, bred by swindin
Lineage:By Goer Picket out of Cholo Forty-four

Stable comments: – “Jantana Fireworks….injured in heats, got 12hrs vets trying to get right on the day, has been under achiever whole career would be massive upset to win here ..”

7. Philly Eirene

10yo stallion from Empty Wallet Stables, Career earnings: $3,303,404
Overall rating: Tremendous(73) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by Empty Wallet Stables
Lineage:By Dun Dun Dun out of Sister Kate

Stable comments: – “It’s my first time being in this race.Though my horse and jockey are a pretty good match, he is a long-shot who needs a perfect trip to win.”

8. Chakra Star

10yo stallion from White Star, Career earnings: $6,868,084
Overall rating: Marvelous(76) – Mud-lark
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by White Star
Lineage:By Bacchus Havoc out of Buddha Al

Stable comments: – “This will be a tough race and think that any of these horses could win it. The horses to beat are probably Secret Exponent and Addie Over Dan, but if Chakra Star and the jockey can gel well thru the race I believe there could be a third cup for Chakra before he retires to stud.”

9. Tiger Pug

9yo stallion from Pugstable, Career earnings: $6,011,982
Overall rating: Tremendous(74) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 3rd Apr 2015, bred by Pugstable
Lineage:By Esfandiari out of Bat Girl

Stable comments: – “Tiger Pug will race for the experience as he is a 9 yo and hopefully he can win a good race in his last season. I won’t finish in the top 5. Its a tough field of experienced stayers. But realistically its a maybe next year for me. I need more o/r and xp, and a lotta luck.”  Smiley

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