It is the first Tuesday in November which means it is time to run the Melbourne Cup around the 3200 metres at Flemington.
We have all the details you need to pick a winner in the big one. TAB fixed odds correct as of 10:30am AEDT, 2nd November, 2021 (please visit tab.com.au for the latest).
TAB Odds: $13 Form: 33912 - 1. Twilight Payment. Last year's winner, obviously proven under these conditions. Should find a good position on the rail from the 2 gate and will take some beating, as it comfortably runs out the distance. Good value against some that might not run the 3200m.
TAB Odds: $2.90 Form: 1x111 - 2. Incentivise. The raging hot favourite hasn't been beaten across its last nine starts, including a demolition job on the Caulfield Cup field last start. Threatens to start the race the shortest priced favourite since Phar Lap and will be very hard to beat. If you're happy to double your money, this is the horse for you.
TAB Odds: $10 Form: 13x2x - 3. Spanish Mission. All the way from England and without a start since arriving. This proven stayer generally goes well after a spell and hasn't raced for 10 weeks. Still I'd rather have your money on it than mine, as there are always doubts about the overseas horses that haven't had a run on Australia's generally firmer tracks.
TAB Odds: $17 Form: x2143 - 4. Verry Elleegant. This champion mare is always a popular choice with the punters whenever she steps onto the track. In last year's Melbourne Cup she improved from 16th at the 400m mark to finish seventh. Hasn't won beyond 2400m, but has the class to be up around the place getters at the end of this.
TAB Odds: $34 Form: 3x950 - 5. Explosive Jack. Has failed to find form this campaign and last start finished a disappointing 17th in the Caulfield Cup. He's a South Australian Derby winner who keeps coming up against Incentivise and finishing with nothing but a mouth full of dust for the effort. Will have to improve dramatically to do any better in this.
TAB Odds: $34 Form: x3420 - 6. The Chosen One. Finished 14th in the Caulfield Cup with such a poor run that he was sent to the vet to make sure he was all good. He did finish fourth in last year's Melbourne Cup and would have to somehow find that form again to feature in any trifectas.
TAB Odds: $17 Form: x4210 - 7. Delphi. Finished 13th in the Caulfield Cup in an uncharacteristically bad run, which seems to be a common theme coming out of that race. This lightly-raced stayer from Ireland has been proven over the distance and you must always respect the horse that carries Damien Oliver in the big one.
TAB Odds: $41 Form: x5059 - 8. Ocean Billy. The Chris Waller stable picked up this Kiwi stayer and it is having just its second run under his tutelage. Its first run for the new stable was a 9th place finish in the Caulfield Cup. It won the Auckland Cup back in March over the 3200m, but its form since has been moderate to dismal. Can Waller work his magic?
TAB Odds: $71 Form: x0840 - 9. Selino. This 6-year-old gelding has had 20 starts for three wins in his career, but two of those wins were over the 3200m, including April's Sydney Cup. Another trained by Waller, so you know he will be fit and ready for the journey. He will have to improve on his Caulfield Cup effort where he finished 15th.
TAB Odds: $71 Form: x0090 - 10. Johnny Get Angry. Trained by former AFL coach Denis Pagan, this four-year-old gelding was the surprise winner of last year's Victorian Derby. It hadn't won a race before the Derby and hasn't won one since. Put your money on this one only if you want to tell people you're "on Pagan's horse".
TAB Odds: $81 Form: x9097 - 11. Knights Order. The winner of this year's Brisbane Cup over 3200m has done very little in its four starts since. Finished 9th in the Geelong Cup before seventh of nine in its last start at Flemington. Newcastle Knights fans will be flocking to lose their dough on this one.
TAB Odds: $26 Form: 4x373 - 12. Persan. This genuine stayer finished fifth in last year's Melbourne Cup and has been running well of late without necessarily winning. Ran an impressive third in the Caulfield Cup and looks to be peaking at the right time to finish up near the front again.
TAB Odds: $101 Form: x4747 - 13. Carif. Won the Sandown Cup over 3200m last November, but has been in dire form ever since. Was sired by the great So You Think, so can't be completely written off over the distance at Flemington. On recent form however, it would need to grow an extra leg to threaten the leaders.
TAB Odds: $81 Form: 00030 - 14. Master of Wine. Finished 12th in the Caulfield Cup after a better effort previously in the Bart Cummings Handicap where he finished third. Doesn't look capable of covering the distance, but looks like a great selection for those of you who don't mind a drop of the vino.
TAB Odds: $21 Form: 22x54 - 15. Pondus. This British raider returns for a second shot at the Australian prize money after running second in last November's Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Ran an impressive fourth last start in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. With a good stable and with Rachel King aboard, it is set to have its fair share of support. A place finish wouldn't surprise.
TAB Odds: $17 Form: 11251 - 16. Grand Promenade. Is in fine form, winning the Bart Cummings Handicap last start. Is well placed with a light weight and could be a danger if it overcomes the wide barrier. Kerrin McEvoy will know what to do, and it should be among those positioning for a run at the top of the long Flemington straight.
TAB Odds: $101 Form: x0095 - 17. Miami Bound. Another seemingly making up the numbers in this less-than-impressive field. Ran fifth in the Moonee Valley Cup and ninth in the Bart Cummings Handicap. Hasn't had a win since October last year. Only put your hard-earned on it if you are planning a trip to Florida and don't mind losing some of your spending money before you go.
TAB Odds: $126 Form: x0600 - 18. Port Guillaume. This five-year-old gelded French raider finished 10th in the Caulfield Cup. It has really struggled since arriving in Australia and is expected to do the same here. One for any Francophiles who have more money than sense.
TAB Odds: $81 Form: 37197 - 19. She's Ideel. Ran an even race without ever challenging when she finished seventh in the Caulfield Cup. Has not won over 2400m and is carrying more weight in this than she did when finishing out of the placings in last year's Sydney Cup. Only put your money on if you really like the silks jockey Craig Newitt is wearing.
SCRATCHED - Future Score has been scratched from the race after being found to have lameness in his right foreleg during a vet examination this morning
TAB Odds: $15 Form: x3321 - 21. Tralee Rose. A lightly-raced mare who is currently in career-best form. Last start she won the Geelong Cup over 2400m, a race that is often looked upon as being a good guide for the Melbourne Cup. Two starts back she finished second in the Bart Cummings Handicap. Nicely weighted and should handle the step up in distance.
TAB Odds: $14 Form: 11132 - 22. Floating Artist. Racing nicely of late, he finished strongly to come second in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. May struggle with the 3200m if the race is run at a decent pace. Still, you all know these lightly weighted horses with the big numbers have a history of causing an upset.
TAB Odds: $26 Form: 51551 - 23. Great House. Won the Hotham Handicap over 2500m on Saturday to squeeze into this field. He ran fifth in the oft-mentioned Caulfield Cup and will look to continue his fine form under the light weight. Well worth having a few each way dollars on it.
TAB Odds: $23 Form: 1x248 - 24. Sir Lucan. This four-year-old British raider has only had eight starts in its career for two wins. Runs well when fresh and hasn't had a start since September, but is trying the near-impossible task of winning the Melbourne Cup in its first start on Australian soil. With only 50kg on its back, it might enjoy a bit of rain.