Mel­bourne Cup

The race that stops the na­tion

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

1 BEST SO­LU­TION 57.5

(Saeed Bin Suroor) 5h By Ko­diac - Al An­da­lyya (22:9-2-3): Toughed it out for nk win of 7 (1) $3.90 60.0 Defoe, Iquitos 2400m Ger - Baden Baden G1 Preis Von Baden Soft Sept 2. Over­came a tough run to score 1/2 hd win of 18 (15) $12.00 57.5 Homes­man, The Cliff­sof­mo­her 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Out­stand­ing stayer who was su­per tough in the Caulfield Cup, scor­ing his third suc­ces­sive G1 win. Es­caped a penalty for that win and while this is his first try in this dis­tance range, he has the class to be right in the fin­ish.

2 THE CLIFF­SOF­MO­HER 56.5

(A O’Brien) 5h By Galileo - Wave (17:32-3): Fin­ished stoutly for 2-1/2 len 4th of 11 (7) $17.00 59.0 Ben­batl 2000m C’field G1 Caulfield Stks Good(3) Oct 13. Toughed it out for 1/2 hd, 1-3/4 len 3rd of 18 (3) $6.50 56.5 Best So­lu­tion, Homes­man 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Has caught the eye in both runs here but while he was run­ner-up last year’s Ep­som Derby, is still a query at 3200 metres. In good hands and sure to have plenty of ad­mir­ers.

3 MAGIC CIR­CLE 56

(Ian Wil­liams) 7g By Makfi - Minkova (21:8-1-1): Re­turned from a break with 6 len win of 16 (6) $9.00 58.5 Fun Mac, Who Dares Wins 3750m G B - Ch­ester Ch­ester Cup-C2 Good May 11. Made it two in a row with 6 len win of 8 (2) $6.50 58.0 Red Ver­don, Week­ender 3265m G B - Sandown Park G3 Henry II Stakes Good May 24. Stout stay­ing type from the UK who ar­rives here off two com­mand­ing wins back home. Will be very strong at the fin­ish and looms large here.

4 CH­EST­NUT COAT 55.5

(Yoshito Ya­hagi) 5h By Heart’s Cry - White Veil (18:4-5-1): Safely held when 5-1/4 len 11th of 16 (10) $4.70 56.0 Win Ten­der­ness 2500m Jap - Tokyo G2 Me­guro Ki­nen Firm May 27. Found early trou­ble when 10-3/4 len 13th of 18 (11) $26.00 55.5 Best So­lu­tion 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Cov­ered some ground in the Caulfield Cup and will be bet­ter for that out­ing. Ja­panese stay­ers must be re­spected so keep safe.

5 MUN­TA­HAA 55.5

(J H Gos­den) 6g By Dan­sili - Qer­taas (15:41-4): Stuck to his guns when 4-1/2 len 4th of 7 (4) $13.00 60.0 Best So­lu­tion 2414m G B - New­mar­ket G2 P’cess Of Wales Good July 12. Pow­ered away for 3-1/4 len win of 20 (19) $12.00 61.0 Week­ender, Sea The Lion 2787m G B - York Ebor Hcp (C2) Good Aug 25. Ar­rives here off the back of a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory in the Ebor with big weight. Shapes as if this trip will be ideal and he looks a ma­jor player.

6 SOUND CHECK 55.5

(M D Moroney) 6h By Lando - Sky Danc­ing (17:7-2-1): Just missed when nk 2nd of 7 (5) $6.60 60.0 Best So­lu­tion 2400m Ger - Hoppe­garten G1 G P Von Ber­lin Good Aug 12. Over­raced in the early stages be­fore fin­ish­ing 10-1/2 len 12th of 18 (14) $51.00 55.5 Best So­lu­tion 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Passed a cou­ple late in the Caulfield Cup and he was G2 win­ner Ger­many at his only run over this trip. Might be a long­shot with a hope.

7 WHO SHOT THE­BAR­MAN 55.5

(C J Waller) 10g By Ya­manin Vi­tal - Ears Carol (55:11-7-4): Slow away when 10-1/2 len 9th of 14 (8) $21.00 59.0 Moss ‘n’ Dale 2000m R’wick G3 Craven Plate Heavy(9) Oct 13. Made good late ground when 2-1/2 len 4th of 15 (6) $26.00 58.0 Ven­tura Storm 2500m M Val­ley G2 M. Val­ley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Worked home nicely at Moonee Val­ley when rel­ished the step-up in trip. Has two top-5 fin­ishes from three tries at this race and could run a cheeky race again.

8 ACE HIGH 55

(David Payne) 4h By High Cha­parral - Come Sun­day (22:5-3-0): Came from mid­field to score 2 len win of 10 (2) $3.00 58.0 It’s Some­what, Egg Tart 2000m R’wick G2 Hill Stks Good(3) Sept 29. Set the pace be­fore fin­ish­ing 11-3/4 len 15th of 18 (7) $19.00 55.0 Best So­lu­tion 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Took up the early run­ning in the Caulfield Cup but was beaten a long way from home. VRC Derby win­ner here but looks a query at this trip and needs to lift.

9 MARMELO 55

(H Mor­ri­son) 6h By Duke Of Mar­malade - Capri­olla (16:5-6-1): Fin­ished best for 3/4 len win of 6 (3) $1.90F 57.5 Al­gome­ter, Palombe 2800m Fr - Longchamp G2 Prix De Nieuil Good July 14. Stuck to his guns when 2-1/2 len 2nd of 10 (8) $2.00F 60.0 Holdthasi­green 3000m Fr - Deauville G2 Prix Ker­gor­lay Good Aug 19. Started equal favourite in this race last year and beat four­teen ri­vals home af­ter rac­ing on the pace. Has been good in all four runs since then in Europe and comes right into cal­cu­la­tions again.

10 AVIL­IUS 54.5

(James Cum­mings) 5g By Piv­otal - Alessan­dria (12:6-1-2): Just got there for sht 1/2 hd win of 12 (1) $2.35F 58.5 Jaameh, Yogi 2500m F’ton G3 Bart Cum­mings Good(3) Oct 6. Stuck to his guns when 7-3/4 len 4th of 8 (1) $31.00 59.0 Winx 2040m M Val­ley G1 W S Cox Plate Good(3) Oct 27. Out­classed in the

but his pre­vi­ous form was ter­rific up to 2500 metres. Faces a tough task over the ex­tra jour­ney but can’t be ig­nored.

11 YU­CATAN

54.5(A O’Brien) 5h By Galileo - Six Per­fec­tions (13:3-3-3): Stuck to his guns when 2-1/2 len, nose 3rd of 4 (1) $3.80 62.0 Eziyra, Stel­lar Mass 2414m Ire - Leop­ard­stown G3 Bal­ly­roan Stks Good Aug 9. Dom­i­nated his ri­vals when scor­ing 1-1/4 len win of 15 (15) $6.50 56.0 Brimham Rocks, A Prince Of Ar­ran 2400m C’field G2 Her­bert Power Good(3) Oct 13. Soared to favouritism with his out­stand­ing win in the Her­bert Power. Looks primed to run a huge race.

12 AU­VRAY 54

(R A Freed­man) 8g By Le Havre - Ameyrah (39:8-4-1): Made good late ground when 1-3/4 len 6th of 18 (2) $20.00 57.0 Pa­trick Erin 2400m R’wick G1 The Metrop Good(3) Sept 29. Rider said didn’t han­dle the go­ing when 8-1/2 len 6th of 10 (7) $8.00 57.5 Big Blue 2600m R’wick St Leger Stakes Heavy(9) Oct 13. Flopped on a heavy track last time and his over­all record firm tracks once he gets out over a longer trip is pretty good. Might sneak place.

13 FINCHE 54

(C J Waller) 5h By Frankel - Binche (9:3-03): Too good when scor­ing 1-3/4 len win of 6 (4) $3.90 60.0 Tiberian, Called To The Bar 2500m Fr - Deauville G3 Prix De Reux Firm Aug 5. Kept com­ing when 3/4 len, 3/4 len 3rd of 15 (4) $4.80 59.0 Run­away, North­west Pas­sage 2400m Gee­long G3 Gee­long Cup Good(4) Oct 24. Stuck to his task in the Gee­long Cup but his Euro­pean form only ex­tends up to 2500 metres. En­ti­tled to each-way con­sid­er­a­tion.

14 RED CAR­DI­NAL 54

(D K Weir) 7g By Mon­t­jeu - No­table (16:53-2): Jumped awk­wardly when 1-1/4 len, 2-3/4 len 3rd of 10 (6) $11.00 58.5 Big Blue, One Foot In Heaven 2600m R’wick St Leger Stakes Heavy(9) Oct 13. Safely held when 6-3/4 len 11th of 15 (4) $21.00 57.0 Ven­tura Storm 2500m M Val­ley G2 M. Val­ley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Fin­ished mid­field in this race last year af­ter draw­ing the out­side gate but doesn’t look to be go­ing as well at the mo­ment. Must find some­thing.

15 VENGEUR MASQUE 54

(M D Moroney) 7g By Mon­sun - Vene­tian Beauty (26:4-5-0): Had ev­ery chance when 5-1/4 len 5th of 12 (9) $21.00 57.0 Avil­ius 2500m F’ton G3 Bart Cum­mings Good(3) Oct 6. Beat half the field home when 4-3/4 len 9th of 18 (6) $101.00 54.0 Best So­lu­tion 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Not dis­graced in the Caulfield Cup when he lost his spot be­fore bend but still fin­ished in the front half of the field. Is a win­ner here up to 2600 metres but last bit might stretch him at this level.

16 VEN­TURA STORM 54

(D & B Hayes & T Dabernig) 6g By Zoffany

- Sarawati (29:7-3-2): Was blocked for a run in the straight when 5-3/4 len 10th of 18 (10) $31.00 54.0 Best So­lu­tion 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Al­ways handy be­fore scor­ing lg nk win of 15 (8) $5.50 55.0 Trap For Fools, Li­bran 2500m M Val­ley G2 M. Val­ley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Wasn’t too bad in the Caulfield Cup then toughed it out to win

MV Cup. Only beat two home in this race last year and was safely held the Syd­ney Cup so must be a query at the trip.

17 A PRINCE OF AR­RAN 53

A PRINCE OF AR­RAN (Char­lie Fel­lowes) 6g By Shi­rocco - Storm­ing Sioux (28:5-63): Had a break af­ter 2-3/4 len 2nd of 20 (17) $17.00 60.0 With­hold 3269m G B - New­cas­tle 3yo+ Hcp (C2) Syn­thetic June 30. Made good late ground when 1-1/4 len, lg nk 3rd of 15 (5) $31.00 57.0 Yu­catan Ire, Brimham Rocks 2400m C’field G2 Her­bert Power Good(3) Oct 13.Scored 1/2 len win over Brimham Rocks 57.5kg 4.40 Lexus Stakes On Satur­day. Tough win from just off the pace in the Lexus on Satur­day. Will rel­ish step-up to 3200 metres. Looks a light­weight hope.

18 NA­KEETA 53

(Iain Jar­dine) 8g By Six­ties Icon - Easy Red (38:5-8-3): Beat half the field home when 5-1/4 len 7th of 14 (4) $19.00 61.5 Just In Time 2922m G B - Don­caster 3yo+ Hcp (110) Soft Sept 14. Was blocked for a run on straight­en­ing when 14-1/2 len 13th of 15 (10) $41.00 55.0 Ven­tura Storm 2500m M Val­ley G2 M. Val­ley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Didn’t have the best of runs at Moonee Val­ley and he was an eye-catch­ing fifth in this race last year. Might be over the odds and could add value for ex­otic play­ers.

19 SIR CHARLES ROAD 53

(L O’Sul­li­van & A Scott) 5g By My­boy­char­lie - Gi­ant Mys­tique (23:6-5-3): Made good late ground when 1-3/4 len 4th of 16 (11) $19.00 56.5 Night’s Watch 2000m C’field G3 Foun­da­tion Cup Good(3) Sept 22. Was ham­pered near the turn be­fore fin­ish­ing 5-1/2 len last of 7 (3) $10.00 58.0 Mask Of Time, Best Of Days 2000m C’field G3 Coongy Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Ran a close third in the Syd­ney in April and he is look­ing for step-up trip. Not the worst.

20 ZA­CADA 53

(M Baker & A Fors­man) 6g By Zabeel - La­cada (36:4-7-5): Jumped awk­wardly when 8-1/4 len 8th of 12 (12) $101.00 56.5 Avil­ius 2500m F’ton G3 Bart Cum­mings Good(3) Oct 6. Never a fac­tor when 7 len 12th of 15 (11) $151.00 56.5 Run­away 2400m Gee­long G3 Gee­long Cup Good(4) Oct 24. Was run­ner-up in this year’s Syd­ney Cup over this trip when com­ing off a sim­i­lar be­low par run. This class might stretch him.

21 RUN­AWAY 52

(G Water­house & A Bott) 4g By Man­hat­tan Rain - Cat­shaan (17:4-3-3): Al­ways handy be­fore fin­ish­ing 1-1/2 len 4th of 11 (10) $13.00 54.0 Octabello 2025m Cran­bourne LR Cran­bourne Cup Good(3) Oct 14. Led through­out to score 3/4 len win of 15 (12) $16.00 54.0 North­west Pas­sage, Finche 2400m Gee­long G3 Gee­long Cup Good(4) Oct 24. Will give back­ers a great sight but the last bit is go­ing to be the test in this com­pany. Per­haps a place.

22 YOUNGSTAR 51.5

(C J Waller) 4m By High Cha­parral - Starspan­gled (12:4-1-3): Stuck to her task when len 2nd of 10 (4) $41.00 54.5 Winx 2000m F’ton G1 Turn­bull Stakes Good(3) Oct 6. Lost a plate when 4-3/4 len 7th of 18 (9) $7.50 51.5 Best So­lu­tion 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Pro­duced the 5th best last 200 of the day in the Caulfield Cup and had run Winx to a length prior to that in the Turn­bull Stakes. First try at the trip but she is a gen­uine light­weight threat.

23 CROSS COUNTER 51

(Char­lie Ap­pleby) 4g By Te­ofilo - Wait­ress (7:4-2-0): Came right away for 4-1/2 len win of 4 (2) $2.75 57.5 Dee Ex Bee, Bom­byx 2412m G B - Good­wood G3 Gor­don Stakes Good Aug 4. Just missed when hd 2nd of 9 (4) $2.50F 57.0 Old Per­sian 2385m G B - York G2 Great Voltigeur Good Aug 22. Light­lyraced UK stayer who knows how to find the line. War­rants se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion with no weight on his back.

24 ROSTROPOVICH 51

(A O’Brien) 4h By Frankel - Tyranny (13:4-2-2): Fin­ished best for1/2 len win of 6 (7) $2.00F 57.5 Giuseppe Garibaldi, The King 2414m Ire - Leop­ard­stown G3 Paddy’s Re­wards Firm Sept 15. Cov­ered ex­tra ground when 8-3/4 len 5th of 8 (8) $31.00 56.0 Winx 2040m M Val­ley G1 W S Cox Plate Good(3) Oct 27. Did plenty of work in the Cox Plate and it was no sur­prise to see him knock up late. Hasn’t raced over this trip but has a touch of class and can’t be to­tally dis­missed.

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