The Melbourne Cup is upon us for another year, with 24 horses set to do battle over the famous two-mile journey at Flemington.

Melbourne Cup : Sweep template | Who will win

The British-trained Melbourne Cup favourite Deauville Legend has been allotted stall nine for Tuesday’s contest, a draw which trainer James Ferguson described as “spot on”.

Melbourne Cup : Sweep template | Who will win

The three-year-old’s odds slimmed to 11-4 (from 4-1) with bet365 for Australia’s biggest race at Flemington following Saturday’s barrier draw. He has been progressive throughout his domestic campaign, recording victories in the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltigeur Stakes before being sent down under.

The young Newmarket handler, who only started training three years ago, is happy to be starting from a position in the middle, while he will also have the help of three-time winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle

Ferguson told “I’m pleased. I didn’t really want a very low draw, didn’t want a very wide draw.

“Nine is absolutely spot on for us. Pace being on the outside, they’re going to go some clip to get there. So ideally we get into a good position and don’t have to work too hard to get there.

Melbourne Cup sweep template 

With the Melbourne Cup upon us for 2022, it’s time for the Australian tradition of the Melbourne Cup sweep.

Here is your downloadable, printable PDF Melbourne Cup sweep for your use, along with instructions on how to run an office sweepstakes and be the star at your work.

Melbourne Cup : Sweep template | Who will win

Simply CLICK HERE to download your printable 2022 Melbourne Cup sweep PDF – then sweep to your heart’s content!

After downloading the sweepstakes template above:

1. Set your price: From $1 to $50, the beauty of the Melbourne Cup sweep is that it’s for everyone in the office!

2. Sell the tickets: 24 tickets for 24 horses. Sell them, then it’s time to draw. Don’t forget to collect the cash when the people buy their tickets.

3. Draw the horses: Collect the tickets, fold them, chuck them in a hat or vessel, then get everyone to draw their horse. Make sure you note down in the left hand column of the form who drew which horse.

4. Allocate the winnings: Make sure you’re clear beforehand what everyone stands to win, so that no one’s confused before the winnings are dished out.

Suggested winnings breakdown:

  • First: 60% of the winnings
  • Second: 25-30% (Depending on last place!)
  • Third: 10%
  • Last: Money back

Don’t worry – running an office sweep is completely lawful, but just check your state’s legislation as to the maximum prize limit to run a sweep without a permit.

Who will win 

The Melbourne Cup is upon us for another year, with 24 horses set to do battle over the famous two-mile journey at Flemington.

Melbourne Cup : Sweep template | Who will win

The track is likely to be in the soft or heavy range, with rain and low temperatures forecast in the lead-up and on raceday.

The race is set to get underway at 3pm (AEDT) on Tuesday November 1 and can be watched on Channel 10.

The early speed is against the outside rail here, with Serpentine and Knights Order sure to dash across from barriers 23 and 24 respectively.

That should lead to a genuine early tempo, with the field likely to string right out over the first 800m. Numerian, High Emocean and Interpretation should be handy from favourable gates.

The favourite Deauville Legend maps nicely around midfield with cover, while Camorra, Hoo Ya Mal and Without A Fight will need a bit of luck early to slot in.

The Maher and Eustace import has finally got some momentum going in Australia, running a close 2nd in the Caulfield Cup (2400m) before racing without luck in the Cox Plate (2040m) last start. His best form over 2400m is world-class but he’s a total unknown beyond that distance.

Why he can win: He was only just grabbed late in the Caulfield Cup by a horse carrying 6kg less than him. He should have finished closer in the Cox Plate last start and he handles wet ground.

By Rishabh

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