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Melbourne Cup Preview- The Internationals

 Nov 2 2015

Protectionist, Fiorente, Green Moon, Americain & Dunden.....The last 5 winners of the Melbourne Cup, all either trained overseas or started off life on foreign soil. With 11 of this field holding International passports and 7 other expats (not including New Zealand) the deck looks stacked in their favour once more.


Snow Sky- $41

Royal Ascot winner over 2400m in June - last years winning jockey in Ryan Moore and beaten less than 5L in The Caulfield Cup there are certainly positives around Sir Michael Stoute's 3 time Group scorer. The big negative though is the weight - 58kg and weight stops trains.

Prediction: Won't emulate Makybe Diva and win with #1 saddlecloth


Fame Game- $4

Has caught the eye on his last 2 starts flashing home behind Mongolian Khan in the Caulfield Cup to finish 6th and Gold Ship in the G1 Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto over 3200m. Any rain could be a concern as the Heart's Cry 5yo is used to a much firmer surface but a big run is expected again from the favourite coming fast and late.

Prediction: Top 4


Big Orange- $41

Had excuses last start when losing a shoe behind Max Dynamite at York, previous  2 wins at Goodwood and York announced the 4yo gelding as an emerging stayer of some potential. Will go forward from a wide draw and will be there to be shot at in the straight.

Prediction: More in front of him than behind


Hokko Brave- $35

The second of the Japanese runners and less heralded of the two despite being only 1-1/4L being Fame Game at Caulfield. Placed in Group races at up to 100-1 in Japan seemingly under the radar for Tuesday but Craig Williams will need to weave some magic from barrier 20 to emulate Delta Blues.

Prediction: Top 12


Max Dynamite- $13

Bought out of France for a hurdling campaign with Willie Mullins and 4th at last years Cheltenham Festival. Equally adept on the flat a 4-1/2L winner last time out over 3300m proves the trip will not be a concern, first up in a race of this nature may be though, although connections seem to have a quiet confidence about their chances.

Prediction: Top 6


Red Cadeaux- $31

A 3 time runner up in the race tells you as much as you need to know, the rising 10yo loves Flemington, takes a drop in the weights and looks as well as ever. A must inclusion for flexi exotic bets.

Prediction: Top 6


Trip To Paris- $8

Stablemate to Red Cadeaux has had the benefit of a excellent lead up run when finishing a close up 2nd to Mongolian Khan in the Caulfield Cup. The Gold Cup winner at Royal Ascot is versatile as far underfoot conditions are and in the words of big race jockey Tommy Berry "ticks all of the boxes"

Prediction: Winner


Sky Hunter- $35

A very lightly raced 5yo trained by Saeed bin Suroor, placed in the French Derby in 2013 has won 6 out of 11 starts to date. Any rain would certainly help the Motivator gelding who's only having a 3rd start of the calendar year, he does however go well fresh.

Prediction: The search continues for Saeed


Quest For More- $101

A solid effort in the Goodwood Cup splitting Big Orange and Trip To Paris plus a win over Max Dynamite in the Northumberland Plate all read well, but a disappointing run behind Almoonqith in the Geelong Cup leaves Roger Charlton's Teofilo 5yo with a mountain to climb.

Prediction: More in front than behind him


Kingfisher- $41

May have won the Gold Cup at the Royal Meeting had Ryan Moore found a clear passage in the straight but ultimately ran 2nd to Trip To Paris. Two below par efforts since leave a question mark hanging over him. A player in best form but a leap of faith to assume he is.

Prediction: Top 12


Bondi Beach- $23

Un-raced at 2yo and only made his debut in May, his inexperience may be his Achilles heel. Certainly not short on talent and never worse than 2nd in 5 starts including runner-up in the St Leger in September with the form boosted by the winner scoring in G1 company since.

Prediction: Top 12

Check out the full market for the Melbourne Cup here.

Numbers are certainly with the Internationals and class is as well .... They may have been dreaming about an Arc de Triomphe when naming him but it's a pretty good consolation for them with a Trip To Melbourne as oppose To Paris to win this years Melbourne Cup.

Good Luck!


Andrew Le Jeune - Sky Racing

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