A two-in-one option
It would be interesting and possible for Tabcorp to notionally divide the Cup into two fields -- the RVL one and an Australian one.
I would prefer to bet on a race restricted to locally trained horses with well disclosed local form.
Actually Pete. That's not a bad idea
Trouble is you mightn't get enough runners to pay 3 places.
TABs mightn't do it but certainly the corporates could.
Looking at the latest order of entry, I think for the Aussie Melbourne Cup:Definites
Gust Of WindPossibles
Prince Of Penzance
Hauraki won't run.
Does Who Shot Thebarman
qualify as an Aussie? Had his first 9 starts in New Zealand but has had his last 15 starts in Australia. I spoke to him yesterday and he has definitely lost the kiwi accent.