2018 Melbourne Cup Tips & Betting Predictions: Kings Will Dream to rise as champion stayer

The imported runners look to have a mortgage on the Melbourne Cup at Flemington this November
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The Melbourne Cup runs on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

2018 Melbourne Cup Tips & Betting Predictions


The Melbourne Cup is the biggest thoroughbred race in Australia and the best stayers from around the world take on the 3200m at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.

Overseas and imported runners are dominating the Melbourne Cup this century as the local staying stock continues to dwindle. We have targeted some of the best offshore talent for the 2018 Melbourne Cup on November 6.

2018 Melbourne Cup Best Tip - Kings Will Dream


Kings Will Dream is a former Irish gelding which had immediate success for Darren Weir by winning all five starts to kick off his Australian career. The first win came at Warrnambool by three lengths and the easy wins didn't stop there.

The son of Casamento continued to step up in class and recorded a one-length win at Flemington before winning again at Flemington by just over a length. His most recent run came in the Mornington Cup where he spaced his rivals by five lengths and that signalled his potential Melbourne Cup class.

He has yet to face the same level of opposition that he will face in the Melbourne Cup and that's the big concern, but he will be lining up in some key lead-up races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival which will give punters a good guide to his form at the top level.

His current odds of 26.00 will only firm as the season progresses.

2018 Melbourne Cup Best Each Way Tip - Ace High


David Payne lines up three-year-old Ace High, which will be four when the 2018 Melbourne Cup is run. The well-bred son of High Chaparral is a high-quality stayer in the making and he will have no troubles seeing out the two miles.

The four-win colt finished second in the Group 1 ATC Derby earlier this year and although he has won only four from 17 starts, he has been wanting more ground and he loves grinding out a result. The Victoria Derby winner scored a brilliant two-length win on this track during the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and that form usually holds up well in the main event.

2018 Melbourne Cup Roughie Tip - Jon Snow


New Zealand runners should always be respected in the Melbourne Cup and Jon Snow brings in some solid winning credentials. Trained by champion Kiwi trainer Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the son of Iffraaj has Derby form on both sides of the Tasman and that bodes well for this.

He finished third in the New Zealand Derby before winning the 2017 ATC Derby during The Championships at Randwick. His form tapered off a touch in the spring, which included a ninth in the Caulfield Cup but he's a quality type who will see out the distance.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet: Kings Will Dream @ 26.00
Melbourne Cup Best Each Way: Ace High @ 34.00
Melbourne Cup Best Roughie: Jon Snow @ 51.00
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Bill Rosenthal 19 July 2018

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