It looks very much as though three former winners of the coveted Melbourne Cup could do battle at Flemington racecourse on November 6 in what promises to be another superb renewal of the ‘race that stops the nation’.
The weight for the world’s premier two-mile handicap have now been revealed and show the winners of the last two renewals – the French-trained pair of Americain and Dunaden – having unsurprisingly been allotted joint-top weight of 9st 2lbs. Another former winner of the great race, local hero Efficient who landed his biggest ever win in the 2007 renewal, has been saddled with 8st 9lbs.
There appeared to be few obvious complaints from trainers, owners associated with the impressive international entry for Australia’s highest profile race and from those in possession of the latest Betfair horse racing odds, Godolphin having four entries in the contest at present including the Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision (a recent disappointment in the Doncaster Cup), being given 8st 9lbs, a couple of pounds more than stable companion Cavalryman, while their Lost In The Moment (8st 5lbs) and the Ebor Handicap winner Willing Foe (8st 4lbs) also appear to have been fairly assessed.
Luca Cumani is bidding to land the race for the first time having twice been beaten in photo finishes in recent years, and his Mount Athos is the current ante-post favourite for the race after being given what many judges in Britain feel is a real chance at the weights in being handed a burden of just 8st 7lbs despite his impressive win last time out in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Cumani’s charge tops the betting at the moment at best odds of 10/1.
Last year’s nose runner-up, Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux, seems set to have another crack at the coveted prize and has been raised 4lbs to a mark of 8st 10lbs, and features at a general offer of 20/1 in the ante-post list.
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