Despite having been named as the favourite in the horse racing odds for the upcoming Melbourne Cup, the future plans of Order Of St George remain unclear, with the Irish star having been named as a potential runner in September’s Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Should Aidan O’Brien’s prized asset run in such a race, his involvement in Australia would be ruled out, with O’Brien waiting on weights being released before making a final decision.
Having won the Ascot Gold Cup back in June in spectacular fashion, Order Of St George is the 10/1 favourite for the Melbourne Cup, however with the Long Distance Cup as well as the approaching Prix de l’arc de Triomphe at Chantily both options, it remains to be seen as to which way O’Brien will go. Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has 12 of the 28 international nominations for this year’s Caulfield Cup. O’Brien has nominated Order Of St George, along with Bondi Beach and Idaho for the Caulfield Cup on October 15th. In fact, O’Brien dominates proceedings, with 12 of the 28 international nominations for such a race. Order Of St George and Bondi Beach are currently offered horse racing odds of 20/1 and 25/1 for the race at bookmakers Coral, and when they’re all lined up, the duo could well be two of the ones to watch at Flemington in Melbourne.
Part-owner of Order Of St George, Lloyd Williams, has already won the famous Melbourne Cup on four occasions, while O’Brien himself if still searching for his first victory. O’Brien’s British rival Willie Mullins is also a man on a mission, with the famous trainer looking to enter Wicklow Brave in ‘the race that stops a nation’. The seven-year-old is currently at 25/1 in the horse racing odds at Coral, having previously featured last at Glorious Goodwood back in July.
Cheval Grand and Mizzou have been heavily tipped in the build up to the race, with the Yasuo Tomomichi and Luca Cumani horses both at 25/1 with Coral. For those of you looking to pick a winner in this famous race, history tells us that successful horses must have had an Australian warm-up race before heading to Melbourne.