IT’S Melbourne Cup day — and we’re providing a Carlton view of it all.
We’re not going to pretend to know too much about the Melbourne Cup, but it’s not going to stop us anyway.
Here’s a not-very-helpful Navy Blue guide to the race that stops a nation.
No.1 — Crosswell Counter
Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner is hoping to match Brent Crosswell’s feat of two Carlton premierships.
No.2 — Laurie Kerr De Glace
Mer De Glace
Laurie was a former sprint champion before a Hall of Fame career at Carlton. Caulfield Cup winner Laurie Kerr De Glace (Mer De Glace) is of a similar ilk.
No.3 — Setanta of Reality
Master of Reality
We’re almost sure that this Irish horse was named after Setanta’s five-goal haul against Collingwood in 2010.
No.4 — Mirage Lancer
You’d want to be on Mirage Lancer now.
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No.5 — Southern Barnaby France
Barnaby could run all day in the No.11 guernsey: expect the same out of barrier No.14.
No.6 — Hunting (Trent) Sporn
A Rising Star nominee in 2003, this horse is much-travelled and as resilient as they come.
No.7 — La Trobe University
This horse could run from Flemington to Bundoora.
No.8 — Bosust-ajeer
Even if this horse was to win the Melbourne Cup, it still wouldn’t be as impressive as winning Goal and Mark of the Year in the same season.
No.9 — RostroDorotich
‘Dora’ got revenge when he won a premiership in his second season after just missing out in his first. RostroDorotich (Rostropovich) doesn’t need to look far for inspiration.
No.10 — TwiWright Payment
This unassuming horse may very well ‘do a Matthew Wright’ and surprise more than a few in the Cup.
No.11 — Finche-bar O’Dwyer
Named after Carlton’s next cult hero in the No.38. Go on, Finche-bar.
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No.12 — Prince of Aaron Joseph
Prince of Arran
This horse will do whatever job is asked of it — including a run-with role on Gary Ablett.
No.13 — Tay-mond Tusk
Just like Carlton’s No.7, expect this horse to lead from the front, show some aggression and possibly win a third Mark of the Year.
No.14 — (Fraser) Browndraft
For his sake, hopefully Dean Wallis isn’t at Flemington.
No.15 — Wayne Harmes’ Magic Wand
He makes the boundary line disappear.
No.16 — (Nic) Neufman
We’re not sure Neufbosc can do the Melbourne Cup-equivalent of kicking four from half back against the reigning premiers.
No.17 — Sound By Blue
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No.18 — Surprise Baby
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No.19 — Simon Minton-Constantinople
He may have success in different colours, but we’ll never forget where Simon Minton-Constantinople came from.
No.20 — Will Paradiso
Named after Will Setterfield, and it’s fair enough too: that blind turn against Adelaide was out of this world.
No.21 — Steel Prince… of York
Just like the ‘actual’ Prince of York (read: Zac Fisher), this name was also self-imposed.
No.22 — The Chosen One
No changes needed here. It’s a nice touch to name a horse after No.1 draft pick, Sam Walsh.
No. 23 — Dow and Declare
Vow and Declare
If it’s a run anything like that goal against Gold Coast in Round 19, 2018, then Dow and Declare is in with a big chance.
No.24 — Rising Star
Madison Prespakis. Enough said.