Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. It's a day when Australians stops whatever they're doing to listen to the race call, or watch the race on TV, and even those who don't usually bet, try their luck.
On Tuesday, Yeats will be bidding to become only the third European horse in history to win the Melbourne Cup. The Aidan O'Brien trained five-year-old has been very well backed for the race, with bookmakers William Hill taking several five figure wagers on the Ballydoyle runner and subsequently cut the race favourite from 4-1 to 7-2 for the $5 million contest.
In the past most of the European raiders have failed to cope with the conditions, with only Irish trainer Dermott Weld successful in 1993 with Vintage Crop and 2002 with Media Puzzle, but Yeats' rider Kieran Fallon believes his mount is up to the task
Tony Kenny of Hills added: “Ever since Yeats was confirmed a definite starter in the Melbourne Cup, we've seen huge interest in the five-year old."
“After his victory in the Goodwood Cup, we made him a 10-1 shot for the race, but if the support continues for the Ballydoyle runner, then there's every chance that he could go off a 9-4 or 5-2 shot.”
Tuesday 7th November:
Emirates Melbourne Cup: (William Hill Bet) 7-2 (from 4-1) Yeats, 9-2 Tawqeet, 13-2 (from 7-1) Efficient, 15-2 Pop Rock, 10-1 (from 12-1) Maybe Better, 12-1 Delta Blues, Geordieland, 16-1 Zipping, Activation, 18-1 On A Jeune, 20-1 Dizelle, 25-1 Mandela, 28-1 Glistening, 33-1 (from 50-1) Kerry O'Reilly, 40-1 Railings, 50-1 Headturner, Art Success, 66-1 Land 'N Stars, 100-1 Dolphin Jo, Mahtoum, Demerger, 150-1 Zabeat, Ice Chariot, 200-1 Short Pause - All 24 Quoted
William Hill Melbourne Cup special: European trained winner - Yes - 2-1
Emirates Melbourne Cup:
7-2 (from 4-1)Yeats,
13-2 (from 7-1) Efficient,
10-1 (from 12-1) Maybe Better,
33-1 (from 50-1) Kerry O'Reilly,
Down the card
DELTA BLUES 12
SHORT PAUSE 200
LAND 'N STARS 66
ON A JEUNE 18
POP ROCK 15/2
ICE CHARIOT 150
KERRY O'REILLY 33
ART SUCCESS 50
DOLPHIN JO 100
MAYBE BETTER 10