Trap For Fools looks the likely leader and can roll across from gate 8 to take up the running.
Megablast has been ridden from the rear his past two since resuming but might look to get forward from the wide gate.
Doesnt look to be any great speed and there could be more a battle for position in the big field rather than tempo with plenty in the middle part of the pack.
Libran can settle in behind the pace from gate 2 and press thorugh to hold position.
Red Cardinal, Who Shot Thebarman and Egg Tart look best placed of the off-pace runners.
While this can be used for horses on a Melbourne Cup path, the last horse to complete the double was Kingston Rule in 1990.
There is still a strong Melbourne Cup link with the race- Prince Of Penzance won this race the year before and Americain the year after their Melbourne Cup success.
Precedence has won the race twice, 3 years apart, while Who Soht The Barman was runner-up in 2016 before winning in 2017 as a 9YO.
Just 1 favourite in the past 7 years has been successful.
Chris Waller has won this race the past two years in succession and will sassle a four-pronged attack in 2018.
Gear changes to consider- Prizemoney wears winkers first time, Lord Fandango has blinkers off first time, Ventura Storm has blinkers off again and cheekers & winkers first time.
Tosen Basil will be loaded with the barrier blanket for the first time.
4 of these met last start in the Herbert Power with Lord Fandango finishing the best placed when a 5.2 length 6th behind Yucatan
Who Shot Thebarman broke a 23 month winless streak when winning the 2017 edition of this race.
The last 2 winners had contested The Metrop in the lead-up to winning. Runners this year that contested The Metrop- Patrick Erin (1st), Libran (8th), Miss Admiration (13th), Big Duke (15th).
A wide open market where there is $5.50 the field available.
Nakeeta (EM1) and Sully (EM2) have both met with support, however will be relying on scratchings to make the field.
Who Shot Thebarman is always well-supported- possibly for his name as well as his ability. Biggest bet in early trading has been $270 at $18.
Runners under double figure odds are The Taj Mahal, Trap For Fools, Tosen Basil, Egg Tart, Libran.
The Metrop winner Patrick Erin has been specked and holding firm at a $13 opening quote.
First held in 1883, the Moonee Valley Gold Cup is a set weights and penalties race held over 2500m on Cox Plate day. Restricted to four year olds and older, there is no sex restriction with the race held at Group 2 level. The minimum weight before penalties are applied is 55kg for entires & geldings and 53kg for mares.
The race has featured in many distance changes over the years, having been run as short as 1200m and as far as 2600m. In 1995 the race was changed to the current 2500m and has been run over that distance since then. In 1980 the race was elevated to the current Group 2 status.
Total prize money on offer in 2018 will be $500,000. The 2017 winner was the Chris Waller trained Who Shot Thebarman, ridden by Blake Shinn. Other winners of the race include the dual winner Precedence, The United States, Zipping and Yippyio along with the Melbourne Cup winners Prince Of Penzance, Americain and Kingston Rule.
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|Date:||Saturday, 27th October 2018|
|Race Time:||16.10 AEDT|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||4YO & Up SW+P|
|2017 Winner:||Who Shot Thebarman|
|Market:||2018 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Odds|
|2017||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN||02:37.3|
|2015||THE UNITED STATES||02:34.4|
|2014||PRINCE OF PENZANCE||02:36.0|