Bart Cummings is favoured to win his 13th Emirates Melbourne Cup in its historic 150th year after his latest superstar So You Think drew perfectly in barrier three for Tuesday’s $6m race at Flemington.
The dual Tatts Cox Plate champion, who won his fourth consecutive Group 1 race in today’s $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, is one of two runners for the Hall of Fame Legend.
Last start Cathay Pacific Airways (Moonee Valley) Cup winner Precedence is the other. He drew barrier 15.
Whilst So You Think drew perfectly, it was a different tale for defending champion Shocking who drew the extreme outside gate of 24.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh will take solace in the fact that Shocking jumped from barrier 21 when he won last year’s race.
A record nine internationals will contest this year’s Cup with representatives from Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland, UK, France and the United Arab Emirates joining runners from New Zealand and the host country.
Iron horse Tokai Trick has the honour of being the first Japanese runner in the Cup since countrymen Delta Blues and Pop Rock went one-two in the 2006 edition. He drew perfectly in barrier four.
Dermot Weld, the only European trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, has been handed an obstacle in his pursuit of a third Cup after his mare Profound Beauty drew barrier 22.
Godolphin will launch a two-pronged assault in search of its maiden Cup with the Frankie Dettori-ridden Holberg drawing barrier 10 and Campanologist, to be ridden by 2000 Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, handed barrier 19.
Other key runners in this year’s race include French star Americain (12), 2008 runner-up Bauer (2) and his emerging stablemate Manighar (20), BMW Caulfield Cup winner Descarado (1) and today’s runaway The Lexus Stakes winner Maluckyday (6).
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