Derby Day was a damp but we did see a great day's racing. Damien Oliver broke the all time wins at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Won the derby on Warning Exceedance Coolmore win was a thriller Champion New Zealand Mare Melody Belle 10th Group 1 victory her first in Australia winning the Empire Rose.
Melbourne Cup on Tuesday Headed by last year's Victor CROSS COUNTER fantastic winning from well back Turning in Carries 6.5kg more a great stayer history book against him Makybe Diva Think Big only two last 40 years to achieve it. MER DE GLACE Caulfield Cup win impressive wide gate Japanese Are very strong 3200 ? Can't rule him out MASTER OF REALITY 3rd to Champion stayer Stradivarius if he runs to that form will go close. MIRAGE DANCER British horse now with Busuttin Young team held up Caulfield Cup ran well for 3rd hasn't raced over 3200.
SOUTHERN FRANCE bought by Australian Clients Maher Eustace won St Leger Trial talk training well respect. HUNTING HORN Moonee Valley Cup step up in grade here though but obviously thriving at Werribee. LATROBE came to Melbourne last year 2nd MacKinnon after bypassing the Cup Wide draw James McDonald rides has Group form to be a good hope. MUSTAJEER won The Ebor bought by Australian Bloodstock good effort Caulfield Cup Oliver stays on 3200 won't be a worry. ROSTROPOVICH 5th last year now with the Hayes Dabernig did too much work in the Caulfield Cup could be the upset.
TWILIGHT PAYMENT Hugh Bowman hops on Curragh Cup win two starts ago form around Latrobe can't be discounted. FINCHE top win at Randwick Just beaten in the Turnbull wide draw cost in the Caulfield Cup 4th in the Cup last year Flemington suits Chris Waller polish big Chance. PRINCE OF ARRAN 3rd last year he loves Australian Conditions 2nd Herbert Power sealed his place winning Geelong Cup great chance. RAYMOND TUSK 4th Ebor good weight there is a lot of chat how he is going interesting runner. DOWNDRAFT won the Lexus Hotham on Derby Day liked the wet has to back up can't be ignored.
MAGIC WAND led in the Cox Plate kept going strongly to the line hasn't raced past 2400 Ryan Moore rides wide gate could be tricky. NEUFBOSC former French galloper 2nd to Kew Gardens at Longchamp with Hayes Dabernig done nothing here would be biggest upset in the Cup if he salutes. SOUND ex German bought by Paul Moroney last year to run in the Cup didn't fire has adapted to Australian Conditions blocked Caulfield Cup when running on 3200 shouldn't worry knockout hope. SURPRISE BABY lightly raced New Zealand bred won Adelaide Cup in March beaten a lip Andrew Ramsden eye catcher Feehan won the Bart Cummings early October trying emulate Almandin doing the Double well weighted each way chance.
CONSTANTIPOLE favourite for the Cup unlucky Caulfield Cup former Irish colt Hayes Dabernig been placed a few times light weight definitely a great hope. IL PARADISO 3yo colt who is likened to Cross Counter and Rekindling low weight good form 3rd Lonsdale Cup Stradivarius won that big track Perfect ready to run well. STEEL PRINCE won the Ramsden May late scratched start of Herbert Power disappointed Geelong Cup Anthony Freedman trains he'll be primed not sure if he is good enough.
THE CHOSEN ONE New Zealand bred Baker Foreman trained won Herbert Power wide draw didn't help Caulfield Cup battled Hotham Saturday blinkers off good track is a help can't have him. VOW AND DECLARE top Aussie hope great 2nd Caulfield Cup 3200 won't be a problem very wide draw is a worry but should run well. YOUNGSTAR 6th last year had an injury missed Autumn Brisbane winter form was fair her runs this prep got better Chris Waller trains said her trackwork been good can run top 10.
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