The Melbourne Cup day has finally arrived. Here is a detailed form guide that will give you a know-how about the contenders and sort out the Cup winners.

The Spectacular Emirates Melbourne Cup remains the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. As we head forward to the Melbourne Cup Day, lets look at some of the vital statistics to help you know more about the race “that stops a nation” as noted by The Herald Sun.



Group 1 (3200m)

1 SNOW SKY (GB) Sir M Stoute R Moore (16) 58kg

2 CRITERION (NZ) D Hayes & T Dabernig M Walker (4) 57.5kg

3 FAME GAME (JPN) Y Munakata Z Purton (12) 57kg

4 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) L & A Freedman B Melham (22) 56kg

5 BIG ORANGE (GB) M Bell J Spencer (23) 55.5kg

6 HARTNELL (GB) J O’Shea J McDonald (17) 55.5kg

7 HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) Y Matsunaga C Williams (20) 55.5kg

8 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) W Mullins F Dettori (2) 55kg

9 RED CADEAUX (GB) E Dunlop G Mosse (8) 55kg

10 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) E Dunlop T Berry (14) 55kg

11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) C Waller B Shinn (6) 54.5kg

12 SKY HUNTER (GB) S Bin Suroor W Buick (7) 54kg

13 THE OFFER (IRE) G Waterhouse D Oliver (13) 54kg

14 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) C Waller J Cassidy (15) 53.5kg

15 PREFERMENT (NZ) C Waller H Bowman (11) 53.5kg

16 QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) R Charlton D Lane (21) 53.5kg

17 ALMOONQITH (USA) D Hayes & T Dabernig D Dunn (10) 53kg

18 KINGFISHER (IRE) A O’Brien C O’Donoghue (9) 53kg

19 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) D Weir Ms M Payne (1) 53kg

20 BONDI BEACH (IRE) A O’Brien B Prebble (18) 52.5kg

21 SERTORIUS J Edwards C Newitt (5) 52.5kg

22 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) R Hickmott J Moreira (3) 52.5kg

23 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) G Waterhouse K McEvoy (24) 51kg

24 GUST OF WIND (NZ) J Sargent C Schofield (19) 51kg

According to The Roar, Weather is one factor which has the ability to change the complexion of a race completely. “A bit of rain brings the horses with heavier weights back to the field, and the wet-track specialists suddenly have to be considered,” the site suggests.

Here is short summary of the track rating system.

Firm 1 – Dry, hard track.

Firm 2 – Firm track.

Good 3 – Track with good grass coverage and cushion.

Good 4 – Track with some give in it.

Soft 5 – Track with a reasonable amount of give in it.

Soft 6 – Moist but not badly affected track.

Soft 7 – More rain-affected track that will chop out.

Heavy 8 – Rain-affected track that horses will get into.

Heavy 9 – Wet track getting into a squelchy area.

Heavy 10 – Heaviest category track, very wet, towards saturation.

Sow Sky, Criterion, Hartnell and Max Dynamite can handle all type of grounds while Big Orange, Red Cadeaux and Sertorius look to prefer soft grounds. There has been no rain forecast for Tuesday and the Track currently stands at Good 4.