Wednesday, September 4

GUEST POST: British Raiders Head To Melbourne

Horse racing enthusiasts will know that the Emirates Melbourne Cup will be taking place on November 5th.  Of course there are 2 serious British contenders that will be hoping to make their mark in the form of Mount Athos and Brown Panther.  They are trained by Luca Cumani and Tom Dascombe and are looking to perform even better than they did last year when Mount Athos finished 5th.

Brown Panther who is famously owned by Michael Owen was showing signs of good form – actually winning in his latest race at the Goodwood Cup.  Let’s hope one of these guys can bring us some success this time around.  There are some ex – British runners also contending so it will be interesting to see how well they do.  Carlton House who is trained by Gai Waterhouse and Masked Marvel and Thought Worthy now trained by Robert Hickmott.  Green Moon who is another ex – British runner was the winner of the Melbourne Cup for Hickmott last year and will be eager to maintain his title – whilst Bart Cummings who is riding Precedence has already won the race 12 times – could this be his 13th victory?

Apart from the above – there are of course other contenders that will give them a run for their money such as Lonsdale Cup Winner Ahzeemah will be making an appearance along with other Saheed bin Suroor horses Colour Vision, Royal Empire and Songcraft.  There are 2 David Lanigan possibilities with Biographer and Main Sequence as well as the American St Leger winner Dandino.  More British entrants include Forgotten Voice who is trained by Nicky Henderson, Ruscello trained by Ed Walker and Sun Central trained by William Haggas and all are British hopes!

There are a total of 135 entries for the race and Greg Carpenter couldn’t be happier with them stating:

"The Emirates Melbourne Cup is the world's premier staying race and the quality of the local and international entries for this year's race is outstanding. To have the past two winners in Green Moon and Dunaden, together with representatives from most of Europe's premier stables, amongst the nominations is testimony to the stature of the Melbourne Cup on the world stage.”

He also went on to say that the race has gained much more interest internationally with the international entries accounting for more than 20% of the total participants which really is a fantastic turnout.  Greg commented further saying that he was of course impressed by the quality of the international runners – he is also pleased to see that there is huge talent amongst the horses that are trained locally. 

With a lot of these horses in fine form and with 135 to choose from, it could be anyone’s race – but let’s hope one of the British entrants manage to take home the title!  

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