Which horse most fits the bill as a Cup winner?
There are plenty of different ways to try to find the winner of the Melbourne Cup - be it following the silks you like, your favourite number or even just backing the favourite.
The team at Ladbrokes have done the hard work for you and gone through the history books to try to find the horse in this year's field that most closely resembles the previous winners of 'the race that stops a nation'.
Four-year-old horses have won the Melbourne Cup on 45 occasions and now narrowly shade the 44 wins recorded by five-year-old horses. There are 16 four-year-olds or five-year-olds in this year's race.
Numbers four and 12 have both won the Melbourne Cup 11 times. In 2019, number four will be carried by Mirage Dancer, while number 12 is last year's placegetter Prince Of Arran.
The Melbourne Cup is a handicap and that means that weight is very important. 54.5 kilograms is the weight that has been carried by the most Melbourne Cup winners. Amazingly, not a single horse will carry 54.5 kilograms in 2019! The second most common winning weight is 52.5 kilograms, which will be carried by Steel Prince, Constantinople and Il Paradiso.
Blue is the colour that you want to see your jockey wearing in the Melbourne Cup. Jockeys wearing blue as the main colour have won over 40 editions of the Melbourne Cup - including six of the past seven. The jockeys on Steel Prince, Cross Counter, Mirage Dancer, Latrobe, Master Of Reality, Mustajeer, Hunting Horn, Twilight Payment and Sound will all have blue as their main colour on Tuesday.
Damien Oliver has won the the Melbourne Cup on three previous occasions and he has another strong ride in 2019 with Mustajeer. Other Melbourne Cup winning jockeys in the field are Kerrin McEvoy (Finche), Brett Prebble (Steel Prince) and Ryan Moore (Magic Wand).
Charlie Appleby, Joseph O'Brien, David Hayes and Michael Moroney are the only previous Melbourne Cup winning trainers with runners in the 2019 field. Charlie Appleby is represented by last year's winner Cross Counter and Michael Moroney will prepare Sound. Joseph O'Brien has multiple runners (Master Of Reality, Latrobe, Downdraft and Twilight Payment) as does the Lindsay Park team led by David Hayes (Constantinople, Rostropovich and Neufbosc).
Constantinople ticks plenty of boxes for the 2019 Melbourne Cup. He is the right age, is carrying the right weight and is trained by a previous Melbourne Cup winner. History dictates that he is the horse to beat in 'the race that stops a nation'.