The Melbourne Cup is almost here again, which means that it is time for the Mule to perform some utterly bogus analysis with which to predict a winner. So here goes.
Once again, I will look to past winners as a guide. Picking on those characteristics readily available from a Google search, I have focused on handicap weight, sex and age. Starting with handicap weight, here is a chart of the distribution of weights broken down by decade.
In the early years, handicaps were typically much lower, but things have changed in recent years. On this basis, I will focus on handicap weights from 1980 onwards.
The peak of this distribution is around 54kg, so this is where I will focus my attention. There are four horses in the 2012 field which are to carry 54kg: Cavalryman, Mount Athos, Sanagas and Ethopia. To narrow this list, we turn to sex and age. The chart below suggests favouring a gelding between 4 and 6 years old or a horse (stallion) around 4 or 5 years old, perhaps even 6.
Cavalryman and Sanagas are both 7 year old stallions: too old, although Sanagas is trained by Bart Cummings who has 12 wins under his belt. Mount Athos is a 6 year old gelding, while Ethiopia is a 4 year old gelding, either side of the 5 year peak in the distribution. Since 6 year old geldings have a slight edge, my tips are as follows:
First Choice: Mount Athos
Second Choice: Ethiopia.
Honorable Mention: Sanagas
I should point out that, despite tipping Shocking in 2009, the Mule’s track record has been terrible. You have been warned!
UPDATE: it has been pointed out that Ethopia is in fact to carry 53.5kg not 54kg. While that may not seem much of a difference, there are another nine horses carrying that weight. While one school of thought would be to scratch Ethopia from the tip list, I would prefer to think that being the only one of the ten in that weight category to slip though, it must be lucky! On that highly scientific basis, Ethiopia stays.
Now Tuesday is not just about horses, there is also a Reserve Bank meeting. So, while contemplating a flutter based on spurious tips, you can also vote in a poll on whether there will be any change in the cash rate.
Once you have voted, you will be able to see the poll results.