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Wet day ahead for Melbourne Cup (LIVE commentary from 5pm)

Wet day ahead for Melbourne Cup (LIVE commentary from 5pm)
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| Latest News | Tuesday November 6 2012 7:16

 

UPDATE: Green Moon wins the 2012 Melbourne Cup - more soon

It's Melbourne Cup day and it looks like it's going to be wet.

Correspondent Nathan Gardiner says if the heavens open - tipping a winner will be even tougher.

"With a wet track possibly on offer for this year's field of more than 20 gallopers, it opens the door for a few horses the punters may have missed.

"Reports suggest Irish stayer Galileo's Choice has excellent wet weather credentials, while Fiorente from Barrier 2 also a big chance, ridden by Kiwi jockey James McDonald. Trainer Gai Waterhouse bought Fiorente for the sole reason (to) try to win her first ever Melbourne Cup."

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TAB sports betting spokesperson Grant Nisbett, says James McDonald is one to watch.

"Gai Waterhouse is arguable one of Australia's top trainers, certainly in Sydney anyway."

Fiorente is one of only four New Zealand-bred horses entered.

And Dunaden is chasing back to back Melbourne Cup wins at Flemington this afternoon.

The French entry and two-time champion Americain are favourites for the great race.

Dunaden manager David Redvers says despite drawing barrier 16, they're feeling very confident.

"We've seen this year the level of his performance improved and the greatest race of his life was the Caufield Cup so I think we feel pretty confident that he is the horse they've got to beat."

Dunaden is carrying 59 kilograms in weight and would be the heaviest horse ever to win the cup, if victorious this afternoon.

David Redvers admits it's a concern.

"When was the last time a horse won off 59? I mean that's the problem, he's got it all to beat, but Mikel (Delzangles) is the best trainer in the world pretty much, and he couldn't have the horse in better shape."

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