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Andrea Calo 3rd Nov 2008 - 15:34

Aidan O’Brien must beat Luca Cumani to land Melbourne Cup

AIDAN O’BRIEN and Luca Cumani lead a huge European challenge in this year’s running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup – Australia’s premier horse race and one known as “the race that stops a nation”.

As a glorious flat racing season draws to a close in the UK, O’Brien has a strong chance of adding to his enormous collection of Group 1 horse racing trophies with Septimus.

Fellow trainer Cumani’s Mad Rush is joint favourite at 4/1 with the Ballydoyle stayer for the two-mile 4am (UK time) contest over Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse.

O’Brien has stated he may withdraw Septimus if the ground stays as firm as it was for last Saturday’s Victoria Derby, which unlikely event would leave Mad Rush with an overwhelming chance of landing the Melbourne Cup. Concerns have also been voiced over the weight Septimus must saddle and, with Septimus on the drift in the betting, handicap king Luca Cumani must fancy his chances of bringing the Cup back to Blighty.

Dermot Weld, a two-time previous winner of the Cup, will hope for another victory with Profound Beauty. The Moyglare filly is a 15/2 chance in a race where the home runners are conspicuous by their absence.

New Zealand’s Nom de Jeu is the only horse from the southern hemisphere with single-figure odds, with C’est La Guerre, the Racing Post’s Spotlight choice, a 14/1 chance.

The race will be live on At The Races.

See the full Melbourne Cup racecard with latest William Hill betting odds.


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