We have looked at the form, watched the previous runs on all of the Melbourne Cup Runners for 2011 and have come up with our Top 3 Horses in The Melbourne Cup which are:
Americain which is currently @ $4.40
Americain has already won a Melbourne Cup in 2010, he also won the Moonee Valley Cup. With a proven run over the 3200 metres previous he has a great chances of back to back wins even carrying the 58 kgs.
Dunaden which is currently @ $8.00
Dunaden won the Geelong Cup for 2011 which is the same race that Americain won last year before taking out the Melbourne Cup win. He looks set to make a big appearance in this years Melbourne Cup and should handle the 3200 metres very well.
Niwot which is currently @ $31.00
Niwot comes from the John Hawkes racing stable who is one of the best trainers in this country and he also has Dean Yendall riding him in the Melbourne Cup this year. Dean Yendall rode more winners in Australia last season than any other jockey. He is very capable of the 3200 metres and with the small amount of weight this horse has to carry is a excellent chance.
Since betting opened on August 5th 2011 24% of the betting has been for Americain but in recent days Niwot has taken 9% of the betting market.
For your Melbourne Cup Trifectas I would take the following 5 horses and combine all combinations either outright for a full betting unit or as a flexi trifecta. Those horses are Americain, Dunaden, Niwot, Jukebox Jury and Lucas Cranach.