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Melbourne Cup Tips - 3 Horses To Follow for the 2020 Melbourne Cup

  • Who will win the 2020 Melbourne Cup?
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Who will lift the Melbourne Cup? (Getty Images)

There are still many question marks surrounding whether or not overseas horses will be able to participate in the 2020 Melbourne Cup, but that has only increased intrigue surrounding the race that stops a nation.

Last year saw the first Australian-bred horse in over a decade take out the race when Vow And Declare scored a narrow victory for Danny O'Brien and Craig Williams, and there is a strong chance that this year may be an Australian-trained only cup.

We take a look at the futures markets and pick out three contenders who could star in the Flemington showpiece on November 3.

Surprise Baby


A $5,500 purchase for Horsham trainer Paul Preusker, the rising five-year-old gelding was extremely unlucky in last year's race, producing arguably the run of the day finishing fifth, beaten less than a length.

A lightly raced stayer who enjoys space between his runs, he burst onto the scene recording a dominant victory in the 2019 Adelaide Cup in just his sixth start, stepping up from 2000m to 3200m in the process.

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Surprise Baby (Getty Images)

One of the most exciting horses in the country, the son of Shocking narrowly lost to Steel Prince in Andrew Ramsden before booking his ticket to the big dance with a dominant win in the Group 3 Bart Cummings.

After sitting out the autumn, Preusker announced he will follow a similar program as last spring, beginning with the Group 2 Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Without a doubt Australia's leading hope for the Melbourne Cup, Surprise Baby isn't expected to receive any more than an extra 1kg than his 53.5kg last year, and if he can continue to improve looks one of the best futures bets of the spring.

Surprise Baby - $9.50To Win Melbourne CupBET HERE
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Shared Ambition


In all of his success as a trainer, the one golden egg of Australian racing which has eluded the great Chris Waller has been victory in the Melbourne Cup.

Although Waller is also armed with Finche, who ran fourth 2018 edition before disappointing as favourite last year, Shared Ambition is a rising five-year-old gelding who possesses the x-factor required to challenge for this year's cup.

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Shared Ambition (Getty Images)

After arriving in Australia, the son of Born To Sea recorded three straight victories including a dominant win on cup day last year over 2800m, but was subject to an abnormal preparation during the autumn which included a throw at the stumps in the Doncaster Mile.

A massive lightweight chance, the lack of international raiders will only enhance the chances of Shared Ambition, and possessing a turn of foot most of sprinters would envy, he looks a great long-range play.

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Pondus


The Lloyd Williams owned four-year-old gelding has had only two starts for Joseph O'Brien which included a dominant victory second-up over 2400m at Roscommon.

The son of Sea The Moon was gelded before being transferred to the care of O'Brien, with his victory in Lenebane Stakes following the same path as O'Brien utilised with Downdraft last year.

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Pondus (Getty Images)

Half-brother to the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Lord Belvedere who recently put together back to back victories at Flemington during the winter series, Pondus also boasts defeating Mornington Cup winner Aktau on multiple occasions in what Lloyd Williams described as a 'towelling'.

Despite the major question marks surrounding international runners being allowed the target this year's Spring Carnival, Pondus certainly looks an exciting proposition set to only carry a lightweight.

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Verdict

Our three horses to follow who could land the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup: Surprise Baby To Win @850 at Sportsbetting - 1 Unit
Melbourne Cup: Shared Ambition To Win @2000 at Sportsbetting - 1 Unit
Melbourne Cup: Pondus To Win @3000 at Sportsbetting - 1 Unit

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