Cup Has French Flavour

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Dunaden won the Melbourne Cup in 2011. Picture: Andrew Brownbill/AP
Having scored an incredible win in the Caulfield Cup, Dunaden  has reinforced his claims to become just the second horse since 1975 to win the Melbourne Cup in consecutive years. It is another French galloper that has been the subject of the most money recently however, with 2010 victor Americain  assuming favouritism ($6.50 from $8) for the Flemington feature following the news that Damien Oliver will take the ride on the first Tuesday in November. The Alain de Royer Dupre stayer was a fast finishing fourth at Caulfield on October 20 and is expected to improve further with two time Cup winner Oliver aboard. Oliver won the race aboard Doriemus in 1995, before being successful with Media Puzzle seven years later.

Former Cup favourite Green Moon  was a well beaten 7th in the Cox Plate and his bid for the race remains in doubt, with layers happy to wind him out in the market ($23 out to $13). Although he raced as though looking for further, connections reported that he had a tough run and is not certain to go around in the Cup. AJC Derby winner Ethiopia  ($23 into $14) is likely to press on to Flemington after running the race of his life to finish fourth in the Cox Plate and will be much better suited to the handicap conditions of the $6.2 Million event.

Gatewood  won the Geelong Cup - which has provided the past two Cup winners - on October 24 but is unlikely to make the field for the big race unless he wins either the ballot exempt Mackinnon or Lexus Stakes on Derby day, while 2010 runner-up Maluckyday  showed that he is course for the event with a fast finishing fifth at Geelong.

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