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THE EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP
“The Race That Stops The Nation”
There are three big things in racing’s offerings this week. South Africans all have their eyes on the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and the Charity Mile, while America warms up for their biggest day, the Breeders Cup series. Down Under, the Aussies celebrate a public holiday tomorrow morning (6am our time) with the race that stops the nation, the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Gr.1), for Aus $6,000,000.
One of the best reads in racing right now is the book titled “Bart”, a fable on one of racing’s greatest achievers, J.B.Cummings. A man setback at one time in his career with crippling debt following a stock market implosion, he’s recovered to train no fewer than twelve winners of this celebrated event. Tomorrow he heads for his “Bakers Dozen”, and almost incredibly, he saddles the hot favourite, So You Think, and the lightly weighted Zabeel colt, Precedence, also in with a proper shout.
The Australians have shown a distinct dislike for the long-winded progeny of Europe’s most famous stallion Sadler’s Wells and his son, and its an irony of tomorrow’s renewal that the Irish Derby winner, High Chaparral has no fewer than three lining up, all three with a realistic chance of taking the spoils. One is So You Think, another Shoot Out, and the third the Gai Waterhouse-trained Descarado, who sounded the alarm bells in placing in Group One company on Saturday. One thing you have to give the Aussies, they’re not afraid to back their horses up after a stringent test just three days before what is arguably the most significant mission in a horses career.