THIS year’s $7 million Lexus Melbourne Cup will see an even spread of local and internationally-trained stayers clash over the iconic Flemington two-mile journey.

The forecast is for showers on Monday (5-10mm) and light rain on Tuesday (1-5mm) but the Flemington track was quite firm on Saturday so a Soft 6 is probably the worst-case scenario, with a Good 4 or Soft 5 more likely.

The rail will be out 2m after being in the true position on Derby day. It was possible to win from anywhere that day so hopefully we see an even playing surface again. Jockeys steered to the inside part of the track in the straight-course events but the middle section may see more action this time around.

Comprehensive runner-by-runner guide and $100 betting strategy below.

Marmelo is back for vengeance.
Marmelo is back for vengeance.Source: Getty Images



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