The race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup takes place on Tuesday morning at the early time of 4am. A race with great history, and one that has European interest.
Resident horse racing tipster Alan Kelly has taken a look at the race, and found an each way selection at big odds that looks set to run a big race, after catching the eye over an inadequate trip recently.
4.00am Flemington - Duais
James Fergusons’ Deauville Legend certainly looks the one they all have to beat in the great race following some top-class efforts by the son of Sea The Stars, including when running out a comfortable winner of York’s Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes on his most recent start.
That race took place back in August, since when the talented three-year-old stayer has been trained with this historic contest very much in mind. The only negative about three-time winner Kerrin McEvoy’s mount is his current odds of around 5/2.
The Caulfield Cup is always a good guide to the outcome of the Melbourne Cup, and I thought the Edward Cummings-trained Duais ran an eyecatching race to finish a close-up eighth after being tenderly handled over the inadequate trip of 1m 4f.
Top jockey Hugh Bowman has been booked for the ride, and while the trainer has a long way to go to equal grandfather Bart’s record 12 wins in the race, he can continue the family tradition with a debut victory in the two-mile Group 1 Lexus-sponsored handicap.
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