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Melbourne Cup 2019: Tips from the experts and celebrities

Damien Ratcliffe (The Age chief racing writer)

  • 1st 20. Il Paradiso
  • 2nd 18. Surprise Baby
  • 3rd 15. Prince of Arran

Lightly raced, no weight, huge third behind the world’s best Stradivarius two starts back.

Adam Pengilly (Sydney Morning Herald racing reporter)

  • 1st 11. Finche
  • 2nd 5. Southern France
  • 3rd 1. Cross Counter

Chris Waller can break his Melbourne Cup duck. Finche has all the hallmarks of Fiorente, which ran out of his skin straight off the plane and then returned a better horse after another year acclimatising in Australia.

Michael Lynch (The Age racing reporter)

  • 1st 11. Finche
  • 2nd 13. Raymond Tusk
  • 3rd 1. Cross Counter

Finche ran fourth last year. Has stamina, acts on the course and has had an ideal Chris Waller preparation.

Chris Roots (Sydney Morning Herald racing reporter)

  • 1st 5. Southern France
  • 2nd 11. Finche
  • 3rd 19. Constantinople

He has been strong around all the Cup hopes coming from Europe and his last two efforts, winning the Irish St Leger Trial and running third in the Irish St Leger suggest he is a strong stayer with a good dash.

Tim Habel (The Age expert tipster)

  • 1st 1. Cross Counter
  • 2nd 2. Mer De Glace
  • 3rd 11. Finche

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Has to be the starting point given he won so impressively last year and gets back to a handicap for the first time since and on the soft ground he relished.

Julian Vallance (Sportsbet expert tipper)

  • 1st 19. Constantinople
  • 2nd 20. Il Paradiso
  • 3rd 18. Surprise Baby

Northern Hemisphere 3 year-old, who was very good in Caulfield Cup. Big track horse, should get lovely run, hard to beat.

Candice Warner (VRC Derby ambassador)

  • 1st 23. Vow And Declare
  • 2nd 20. Il Paradiso
  • 3rd 6. Hunting Horn

Why it will win: My husband [cricketer David Warner] thinks he’s a bit of an expert and generally does well on Melbourne Cup day. He likes Vow And Declare this year.

Francesca Cumani (10 racing presenter)

  • 1st 8. Mustajeer
  • 2nd 15. Magic Wand
  • 3rd 23. Vow and Declare

I think Mustajeer has got a great winning chance. Ebor winner who ran well in Caulfield Cup. Good weight (55 kilograms), good barrier (6) and three time Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver aboard.

Lady Kitty Spencer (VRC and Lexus special Melbourne Cup day guest)

  • 1st 11. Prince of Arran
  • 2nd 1. Cross Counter
  • 3rd 12. Finche

I met him on Monday at Werribee and he was so sweet. He came third last year so fingers crossed he can win the race that stops a nation this year.

Brit Davis (VRC Birdcage Insider)

  • 1st 12. Finche
  • 2nd 11. Prince Of Arran
  • 3rd 7. Mustajeer

Aside from being a beautiful looking horse, he’s had some great finishes in the past year. Coming fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup, he’s no stranger to the long race and ticks a lot of boxes.

Caty Price (10 racing reporter)

  • 1st 11. Finche
  • 2nd 1. Cross Counter
  • 3rd 19. Constantinople

Finche had no luck in the Caulfield Cup but still impressed. He’s well weighted, drawn perfectly and will stay the distance.

David Gately (10 form expert)

  • 1st 19. Constantinople
  • 2nd 23. Vow and Declare
  • 3rd 20. IL Paradiso

Fits recent profile, Northern Hemisphere three-year-old who was very good in Caulfield Cup without luck. Logician form at home is world-class form.

Georgia Connolly (VRC ambassador)

  • 1st 3. Master of Reality
  • 2nd 19. Constantinople
  • 3rd 18. Surprise Baby

Lloyd Williams, Joseph O’Brien, Frankie Dettori. Need I say more?

Tegan Martin (Melbourne Cup ambassador)

  • 1st 8. Mustajeer
  • 2nd 19. Constantinople
  • 3rd 14. Downdraft

Winner of the Ebor which I’m told is a great lead-up race for the Lexus Melbourne Cup. Plus I know the owner so my heart is definitely with the Kris Lees trained seven-year-old.

Tory Dickson (SEN expert and Western Bulldogs forward)

  • 1st 19. Constantinople
  • 2nd 8. Mustajeer
  • 3rd 18. Surprise Baby

Saw him gallop Tuesday at Flemington and loved his work, step up in distance will suit and looks primed.

Nicky Whelan (SEN presenter and actor)

  • 1st 23. Vow and Declare
  • 2nd 2. Mer De Glace
  • 3rd 18. Surprise Baby

I’m backing a local and am confident Danny O’Brien can add a Melbourne Cup win to his Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate glory

Dr Turf aka John Rothfield (SEN form analyst)

  • 1st 11. Finche
  • 2nd 1. Cross Counter
  • 3rd 20. IL Paradiso

He’s had a perfect preparation, he loves the distance, he’s got a top jockey and his trainer has bawled his eyes out at every track bar Flemington.

Elliott Garnaut (VRC official stylist)

  • 1st 12. Prince of Arran
  • 2nd 8. Mustajeer
  • 3rd 11. Finche

He came third last year and he’s back again, having travelled from the UK. His trainer Charlie Fellowes is so enthusiastic about the race and it would be great to see him take the Cup home.

Tipsters’ favourites (3 votes for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd):

1st Finche (25)
2nd Cross Counter (16)
3rd Constantinople (15)

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