After initially becoming a 2016 Melbourne Cup drifter since being given the outside barrier, Wicklow Brave has now been backed down to $17. The Irish St. Leger winner drifted as far back as $21 once he was allocated barrier 24. However, its seems that punters have not been too put off by this and feel he is excellent value right now. The last 12 hours has seen the gelding attracting a lot of bets.
Wicklow Brave – Melbourne Cup Contender?
Wicklow Brave has certainly shifted up a level this season with many believing he really is a genuine Melbourne Cup contender. Alas, beating Order Of St George in the Irish Ledger back on the 11th of September was without doubt the pinnacle.
Trainer Willie Mullins has stated that he made a a number of big changes to Wicklow Brave and is no reaping the rewards. He is now supremely confident that Wicklow Brave has more than what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup. Mullins said:
“We have changed a few things and concentrated more on the flat,”
“We have changed the way we ride him, the way we work him and it is working.”
“I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to run him in the Irish St Leger, but we ran and he got one and a half kilos for winning that and I hope that hasn’t sunk me.”
“He is well-travelled and the work that he did this morning was a huge bit of work.”
“If he can overcome his draw and repeat that work on Tuesday he is going to give a great account of himself.”
“Winning a Grand National for any trainer is top of the pop and this would be right up there with it.”
“When we were dreaming of winning the Grand National nobody in Europe thought they could come down here and win a Melbourne Cup and it is a new horizon.”