The story of horse racing in the world cannot be complete without making mention of the Melbourne Cup. It is one of the biggest international horse races globally. What makes it stand out is that it is a 3200m Group 1 handicap on turf. Also, attached to it is a mouthwatering take home cash prize totalling $8 million. Lexus, a car brand in Japan, is the official sponsor of the sports for two years in a row.
The race took place for the first time in 1861. It began to get international attention and competitors in the ’90s, and ever since, it has become a widely recognized sport in the world. The cup has been won by various nationalities over the years, ranging from Japanese to French to Germans. The event is also very popular in the gambling world, and many punters are taking advantage of the best Melbourne cup odds by Sportsbet.
Winning at Sandown has given Super Girl, a mare trained in the country a good start towards clinching the Melbourne Cup. According to her trainer, Josh Julius, who is based in Bendigo, her campaign in the spring is majorly to get a good start in the Melbourne Cup. She won at the benchmark 70 race over 1500 meters on Wednesday. Julius said that he’s aware that this isn’t a walk in the park.
“We’ll have a lot of fun trying to get there. I’m prepared to duck and weave our way into it,” he said.
It was reported that in the Warrnambool Cup, Super Girl finished fourth, and in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington, the six-year-old mare finished third in the last campaign, after which she was spelt.
Julius said, “It’s the perfect start. I probably didn’t really expect her to pick them up like that as she was giving weight to a few of them”.
The trainer also said that her ratings need to be increased by finishing first in races constantly in order to gain a start in The Bart Cummings. He revealed that her win on Wednesday, which gave her some more rating points was an encouragement and a good start.
In his words: “We’ve made no secret that we’re heading towards The Bart Cummings with the idea of picking a few races along the way, like these (benchmark) the 70s, to try and get her in races she can win just to really get her rating up. In a perfect world, we’d get the job done there, but it’s certainly not that easy.”
Melissa Julius, the sister of the trainer, rode the country-trained mare. Julius disclosed the possibility of Super Girl returning for a 1800m race on 9th September at Sandown Hillside.
In related news, on veterinary advice, Ispolini and Marmelo who are two strong contenders for the Melbourne Cup have been withdrawn from the horse race. Also, Glen Boss is exempted after being suspended.
Melbourne will have Hong Kong’s magic man, João Moreira in attendance to compete against other racers. Also, Frankie Dettori will be riding the Master of Reality in this year’s race. For more than twenty years, Dettori has been trying to clinch the Melbourne Cup.