Here is the full list of jockeys and their charges for the 2014 Melbourne Cup. I will go through the horses one by one and give my tips on each one.
Talented Australian Zac Purton takes the ride on the Japanese raider. The current Hong Kong jockey premiership hoop will be going for the double on the Melbourne Cup favourite after claiming the Caulfield Cup earlier this year.
Best Result: 12th in 2009 on Munsef.
Verdict: Massive fan of Purton and in my opinion he is Australia’s most talented jockey. Is used to racing in big fields in Hong Kong and his ride on Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup was super impressive.
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Craig Williams takes the ride on Cavalryman who will again come down under for another go at the Melbourne Cup. Williams was impressive last year riding Mount Athos to a third and he also rode the Geelong Cup winner this year so his long race form is not too shabby.
Best Result: third in 2013 on Mount Athos.
Verdict: A veteran jockey who can be up or down, his third on Mount Athos was a good result last year and his best result in the Melbourne Cup. I think Cavalryman will certainly improve on his last start in the Cup and I have him among the chances.
Nick Hall will continue on talented Australian stayer Fawkner, he has won the Caulfield Cup on this horse and this combination finished sixth in last year’s Cup.
Best Result: fourth in 2010 on Zipping.
Verdict: Is probably our best local chance and the combination has seen quite a bit of success, it’ll come down to the last 200m which will either make or break his chances. Worth noting he was 10 wide on the turn heading into the straight last year.
Frenchman Gerard Mosse is back in Melbourne and this time he will take up the ride on Red Cadeaux. He ran second on the horse last year and gave it every chance to win only for the better horse Fiorente being the only one to head him in the straight.
Best Result: first in 2010 on Americain.
Verdict: Has had some good success in the Melbourne Cup and regular rides on Red Cadeaux is a bonus. Will be thinking of last year and will look to go one better for connections. My only quiery is whether or Red Cadeaux’s age will get to him, but you can’t go past the quality of the horse.
This year’s Caulfield Cup winning jockey Ryan Moore will take the ride on highly fancied German horse Protectionist. He produced two ripping rides on Cox Plate day with the one performance on Adelaide something special.
Best Result: fifth in both 2013 on Dandino and 2012 on Mount Athos.
Verdict: Not sure of the form for this horse coming out of the Herbert Power but jockey Ryan Moore has been in good form when he has ridden here this carnival. My other thought are the two poor rides that Moore produced on both Dandino and Mount Athos in the last two years when both should’ve featured in the placings.
I’m a massive Tommy Berry fan and I feel bad for him picking up barrier 18 on Sea Moon a horse who struggled in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
Best Result: sixth in 2012 on Glencadam Gold.
Verdict: I highly doubt Sea Moon will fire a shot but the year that Green Moon won in 2012 I didn’t expect Glencadam Gold to feature for as long as it did in the race. Berry is a super talent but this race just not for mine.
Craig Newitt is the sound jockey on board, the one thing he will need to do is get Seismos out of his one pace mode we saw in the Caulfield Cup a few weeks back.
Best Result: Fifth in 2009 on Harris Tweed.
Verdict: Seismos probably the disappointment for mine, Newitt is a good jockey but this is beyond him.
Hugh Bowman + Junoob = big chance. But it would be one of the bigger stories in racing if it were to happen.
Best Result: seventh in 2012 on Mourayan.
Verdict: He’s aiming to be the first to complete the Metropolitan-Melbourne Cup double since Macdougal in 1959. But this is a Waller trained horse and all of them were peeking the other day, Bowman in my opinion is a jockey who is severely underrated. Question marks over the trip.
Steven Arnold is a good judge of pace and we saw with his efforts with The Cleaner earlier in the spring that he can produce some good staying race efforts.
Best Result: third in 2012 on So You Think.
Verdict: I haven’t seen much of Royal Diamond but Arnold has performed on the Melbourne Cup stage before which is a big plus.
Will be ridden by Norwegian youngster William Buick who is an absolute prodigy of a kid. Gatewood is one of my favourite roughies in the race but looks to be out of his depth.
Best Result: sixth in 2007 on Lost in The Moment.
Verdict: Buick will ride for what it’s worth, think the quality is past Gatewood.
Damien Oliver picks up the ride and his name and the Melbourne Cup go together like milk and cookies. Last year’s ride on Fiorente was perfect and he has produced some excellent memories particularly on Media Puzzle in 2002.
Best Result: First in 2013 on Fiorente, 2002 on Media Puzzle and 1995 on Doriemus.
Verdict: Ollie was on fire on Saturday and if he brings that form tomorrow look out! He could bring this horse up to a place chance so is one to respect for sure.
Who Shot Thebarman
Glen Boss is tied as the most winningest jockey of the modern era with Damien Oliver. I have concerns with the record however as it was aboard the super mare Makybe Diva.
Best Result: First in 2003 on Makybe Diva, 2004 on Makybe Diva and 2005 on Makybe Diva.
Verdict: I like Boss and he is a super talented jockey but he hasn’t been able to replicate his Melbourne Cup form since Makybe Diva retired. Has had a few rides on Who Shot Thebarman who we know will get the distance, the quality is the issue. Waller camp is also flying after Derby Day.
James McDonald is super talented and almost got Rising Romance a Caulfield Cup win before Admire Rakti stormed home.
Best Result: Second in 2012 on Fiorente.
Verdict: McDonald is a prodigy and a super talent, will judge his ride perfectly and give Willing Foe as good a run as possible.
Crazy horse with talented Andrea Atzeni on board is a big unknown entity but Atzeni was good on board Faraaj on the weekend.
Best Result: Debut Melbourne Cup.
Verdict: Really concerned about the horse but Atzeni is a quality jockey if he can control her it will be a big run for mine, is a chance but happy to risk.
Michael Rodd picks up the ride and he can be either brilliant or frustrating, the old boy Precedence is one you’d want to see win so Bart Cummings can hold his head high and probably call a day to a stellar training career.
Best Result: First in 2007 on Precedence.
Verdict: Not for mine I don’t like the way Rodd rides and I won’t be liking Precedence over the two miles which is a big ask for the old boy.
The Moody stable has been big this spring carnival but the wide gate was a shot to their chances here. Nolen picks up the ride and has produced good performances in the Cup before with a good ride on Maluckyday in 2010.
Best Result: Second in 2010 on Maluckyday.
Verdict: The wide gate makes it tough and Nolen in my opinion isn’t in the world’s greatest form.
Chad Schofield will join his dad in the field after replacing Mark Zahra on the ride of Mr O’Ceirin, it will be the second time that a father and son will have contested the race together in the Cup’s entire history.
Best Result: 23rd in 2013 on Ruscello.
Verdict: Riding a Grafton Cup winner in this field will be tough so I think this is beyond him, like money of the others riding in the Cup is a big achievement. Will probably aim to beat his personal best finish of 19th in 2009.
Glyn Schofield is an honest jockey who usually plies his trade in Sydney, he is a super talented and experience jockey who will always get the best out of his horse.
Best Result: third in 2009 on Mourilyan.
Verdict: Again another talented jockey but I think the race is just past this Lidari. Au Revoir is in the race for the first time, is on one of the quality locals in Lidari but the trip has massive question marks over it.
Ben Melham will take take the reins of Lidari, who is not experienced at all at this distance.
Best result: Debut Melbourne Cup.
Verdict: Will be a good experience for Melham who had 26 is experiencing his first Melbourne Cup, Lidari will give an honest run but will struggle later in the trip.
Another in his debut Cup for Tye Angland who has been rewarded for his good form in the Sydney this year.
Best Result: Debut Melbourne Cup.
Verdict: This race will be a good experience for Angland, unfortunately I don’t think Opinion is of the class of others in this field but even being a jockey in this field is a great achievement.
I like this horse and Dwayne Dunn is always a solid performer in Melbourne during the spring carnival.
Best Result: seventh in 1997 on Skybeau.
Verdict: Drawn barrier 24 which all but ends the chances of winning this one, the fact that Dunn’s best Melbourne Cup was a seventh in 1997 is also another concerning factor.
Kerrin McEvoy has been brilliant on Lucia Valentina, however last start he probably got a little too far back in the Caulfield Cup before McEvoy let rip late in the race to finish third in the race. Chance for mine but the distance is the question.
Best Result: First in 2000 on Brew.
Verdict: Was that Caulfield Cup run a Melbourne Cup trial? She appeared to be eating ground late and McEvoy is a smart jockey who on his day can tear the opposition apart.
Unchain My Heart
Dean Yendall has been in some good form in country Victoria in recent times but getting this horse to the finish will be a struggle.
Best Result: Eighth in 2011 on Niwot.
Verdict: A real battler here, I expect it to be on the speed and Yendall is talented but his horse just doesn’t have the class.
The Magic Man Joao Moreira has been mesmerising this spring carnival and he comes here on Tuesday with a mission to get the bottom weight home in the Melbourne Cup, Shocking is the main comparison line and the horse looked like it was eating ground late in the Lexus Stakes.
Best Result: Debut Melbourne Cup.
Verdict: Moreira is an incredibly talented jockey who has a top chance to win the race on debut, he rode Signoff in the Lexus and he has shown his talents throughout the carnival, big chance for mine.