Only one will have the glitz and glory
HORSE RACING: It's the race that quite literally stops the nation, and this year's Melbourne Cup is sure to have punters full attention.
Japanese trained horse Mer De Glace firmed as the early favourite, taking home the Caufield Cup at the start of the racing season.
Jockey Damien Lane will be looking to complete a racing grand slam, having won the Golden Slipper, Caufield Cup, Cox Plate and needing only Melbourne Cup to round out the race wins.
The only other jockey with a chance at completing the grand slam, is Craig Williams riding Vow and Declare.
The syndicate-owned horse, has a regional Queensland connection, and is one Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant believes will be in with a strong chance.
"He's as good a chance as any horse to be able to win - there really isn't much that separates these horses at Cup level," Grant said.
"Melbourne Cup is a hard race, there are so many variables that have to be taken into consideration."
While most racing experts have Vow and Declare in their Cup trifecta, Grant believes punters shoudn't bet above their weight despite the hysteria surrounding the event.
"Don't put more than you can afford on a horse, there's no point placing a large bet and not being able to live without the reward of a win," he said.
"If you're a one-time better, it's smarter to place a small bet on a horse that has an interesting name or something you feel attached to instead of what a racing expert has said.
"Also, don't over analyse the decision."
With the 3200 metre race only lasting approximately 3 minutes 20 seconds, all eyes are sure to glued to the TV at 2pm.
The Criterion Hotel will open its TAB facilities from 7am for punters wanting to jump the gate, while the Warwick RSL and Horse and Jockey will being trading at 7am.