Melbourne Cup Favourite Resumes

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The Offer is chasing the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups double. Image courtesy of:

Melbourne Cup favourite, The Offer , resumes racing this Saturday in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Before going for a spell, the six-year-old import had won three straight, culminating in a four-length victory in the Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3200m, the same distance as that of the Melbourne Cup. Leading up to his first run this prep, the son of Montjeu has trialled impressively in Sydney, before a strong hit out at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is hoping history repeats itself. Another of her imports, Fiorente, won the Dato Tan Chin Nam last year before going on to success in the Melbourne Cup as favourite. Waterhouse says The Offer will be competitive over the 1600m on Saturday, but fears the tight Valley circuit could bring him undone. She says he'll be better at 2000m and beyond and at the bigger tracks like Flemington and Caulfield.

At this stage, The Offer's main target is the Cups double, the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, but there's also a chance he may be directed towards the Cox Plate. 

On TattsBet, The Offer opened at $67 for the Melbourne Cup, but has been solidly supported and is now clear favourite at .

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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