The Caulfield Cup has for a very long time been the most important lead-up race into the Melbourne Cup but that trend has been changing in recent decades as coaches often aim either the Caulfield Cup or the Melbourne Cup with their own horses. Some coaches will utilize the non invasive group one races as lead-ups instead of the typical ones previously like the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, and McKinnon Stakes.
The Geelong Cup has been shown to be an important lead-up race as 2002 when Media Puzzle won that race subsequently followed up by winning the Flemington attribute. Others to have follow exactly the exact same route to the huge race were Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011). Bauer went in 2009. All them are European trained horses.
The W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley has been a favorite race for Melbourne Cup contenders however this race such as the Caulfield Cup is just one that coaches have a tendency to aim by itself. Yet a few recent Melbourne Cup winners had their latest race at the Cox Plate before Flemington. Prince of Penzance was the first horse since the 1980s that hurried at the Moonee Valley Cup before heading on to win the Melbourne Cup in its next beginning.
In 2016, the Cup was won by Almandin who won the Bart Cummings Stakes in his latest launch in early October while Protectionist, the 2014 winner, finished fourth at the Herbert Power Handicap in his latest launch ahead of the race. These races have in common is they’re all at 2400 meters or 2500 yards. The Caulfield Cup, Geelong Cup, and also the Lexius Stakes will also be at the distance range.
The last horse to have hurried on Derby Day afterward appear and win the Melbourne Cup three times afterwards had been Shocking who won the Lexius Stakes in 2009 but that’s not to mention the winner of another Cup doesn’t have hurried on Derby Day. Each Melbourne Cup needs to be taken on its own merits when researching the kind book not all of Cups will accompany previous scripts.