Morning Buzz: Who will win the Melbourne Cup in 2017?

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Everything you need to know about the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Winner of the Melbourne Cup Almandin, L-R owner Lloyd Williams, Trainer Rob Hickmott, Lloyds grandson Frank Williams, strapper Joe Flannery and jockey Kierrin McEvoy at Lloyd Williams stables at Mt. Macedon. Photo: Justin McManus

Winner of the Melbourne Cup Almandin, L-R owner Lloyd Williams, Trainer Rob Hickmott, Lloyds grandson Frank Williams, strapper Joe Flannery and jockey Kierrin McEvoy at Lloyd Williams stables at Mt. Macedon. Photo: Justin McManus

Ready or not, it's that time of year again when Melburnians' thoughts turn to all things racing. It's time to frock-up as the best-dressed come out to play.

The biggest event on racing calendar, the 2017 Melbourne Cup, is just around the corner, so here's our quick form guide to help you stay ahead of the field and not miss a moment of the race that stops the nation.

​More than six million people are expected watch the race on television or stream it online with crowds of more than 95,000 expected to flock to Flemington Racecourse on the day. Read more

Your guide to all the horses in the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Boom Time spears through the fence to win the Caulfield Cup. Photo: AAP

Boom Time spears through the fence to win the Caulfield Cup. Photo: AAP

Wondering who to put your hard-earned on in the Melbourne Cup? Andrew Garvey tests the waters - and waves in some favourites. Read more

$10,000 bet on fairytale horse that could cost a bookie $500,000

Punters' dream shot: Melbourne Cup outsider Single Gaze attracted big bets at the Call of the Card. Photo: AAP

Punters' dream shot: Melbourne Cup outsider Single Gaze attracted big bets at the Call of the Card. Photo: AAP

British hopes of plundering a first Melbourne Cup continue to grow with Marmelo poised to start a commanding favourite as the race's fairytale horse Single Gaze stands to be a horror result for bookmakers after an erratic Call of the Card.

Nervous bookmakers turned away a flood of money intended to back the popular Marmelo during Monday's event, which included a single bet of $10,000 on Single Gaze at $51, which threatens to rip more than $500,000 from CrownBet's coffers. Read more

Inner-west traffic predicted to worsen by up to 300pc

Commuters making the rat run through Sydney's inner-west will face increasing congestion as a result of the WestConnex motorway, as new modelling reveals peak hour traffic will triple in volume on some local streets over the next five years.

The traffic study, commissioned by the Inner West council, predicts hundreds of additional cars will crawl through local streets and arterial roads in order to access the WestConnex motorway or avoid it, once construction is completed.  Read more

WestConnex chief says reintroduction of M4 toll is 'exciting'

Sydney Motorway Corporation chief executive Dennis Cliche. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

Sydney Motorway Corporation chief executive Dennis Cliche. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

The chief executive of the company building the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway has described the reintroduction of tolls on the widened M4 as "exciting" while ridiculing concerns about the health impact of exhaust ventilation stacks.

At a conference on Monday, Dennis Cliche also said 17 million toll "transactions" had taken place with about 150,000 vehicles using the 7.5km widened section of the M4 on weekdays. Read more

Ten-man Melbourne Victory battle to grab point against Western Sydney Wanderers

Turning point: Mitch Austin gets his marching orders in the 24th minute. Photo: AAP

Turning point: Mitch Austin gets his marching orders in the 24th minute. Photo: AAP

Melbourne Victory battled back from being a man down for over an hour and a goal down shortly thereafter – as well as goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas saving a first half penalty – to grab a point in a 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers in the Melbourne Cup Eve clash at Etihad Stadium.

It was a gutsy effort by the hosts, but the reality for Kevin Muscat's would-be title contenders is that they are still winless after five games of the new campaign with just three points out of 15, their worst start to a season. Read more

Canterbury Bulldogs recruit Kieran Foran 'really happy' as he joins club

Back in Sydney: Bulldogs signing Kieran Fora says he focused on the season ahead. Photo: AAP

Back in Sydney: Bulldogs signing Kieran Fora says he focused on the season ahead. Photo: AAP

Kieran Foran has declared himself in "a really good place", saying the off-field issues that sent his career off the rails are behind him as he looks to start afresh with Canterbury.

The 27-year-old Bulldogs recruit was wheeled out by his new club on Monday as most of Dean Pay's squad assembled for the first day of the pre-season.

He is not yet in top condition after a season with the New Zealand Warriors plagued by injury but, importantly, says he is happy. Read more