YU CAN’T GO PAST THE FAVOURITE GLENN McFARLANE
Yucatan The Cliffsofmoher Avilus Rostropovich Finche Youngstar You don’t see wins like Yucatan’s very often. He was eased down over the final 100m in the Herbert Power Stakes in the best Melbourne Cup trial. His stablemate The Cliffsofmoher is a class horse. Yucatan Muntahaa Cross Counter Magic Circle Marmelo Zacada On what we’ve seen so far Yucatan is clearly on top, it just depends on what the unsighted raiders can do. Therefore, Muntahaa, Cross Counter and Magic Circle have to go in the top four. Yucatan Avilius Youngstar Cross Counter Rostropovich
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Zacada Nick Williams isn’t worried about barrier 23, so why should we? You couldn’t be more impressed with Yucatan’s extraordinary Herbert Power win. Think James Cummings stands a big chance of securing a maiden Cup with Avilius, while local bred Youngstar can run a big chance. Rating Cross Counter a chance too.
A popular win by the locally-bred Runaway but the eyecatcher was Finche. This year’s Cup may be too soon for him, but keep him in mind for 2019. McFARLANE SAYS: Brave frontrunning win by Runaway. But Chris Waller’s Finche might be the one to follow here. The son of Frankel finished third and should be better suited at Flemington.
Runaway led throughout to defeat his stablemate Northwest Passage. Finche ran home strongly for third.