Emirates Melbourne Cup
|Group 1 Handicap, Flemington
3yo plus, 2m
|Tuesday, 7th November 2017|
Iain Jardine confirms challenge for Nakeeta
In-form handler Iain Jardine had been non-committal about sending stable star Nakeeta to Australia, but the decision has now been taken to make the trip having been handed a weight of 53kg (8st 5lb).
"I think we'll go," said Jardine.
"He's got the same mark as Heartbreak City (last year's Ebor winner who finished a close second in Melbourne) and he should get a run.
"I'd be hopeful of getting him there in the same form he is in now and if he is, he must have a chance.
"He's a stayer with a change of gear, which is what you need.
"It's not every year you get the chance to run in a Melbourne Cup."
Aidan O'Brien's Order Of St George has once again been handed top weight for the Flemington race on November 7.
The impressive Irish St Leger winner will have to shoulder 58kg (9st 2lb), with the legendary Makybe Diva the only horse able to defy such a weight in the last 40 years.
Order Of St George also has the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in which he finished third last year, as an autumn aim and his connections have some serious thinking to do.
Part-owner Lloyd Williams, who has won the Melbourne Cup five times already, believes the ground will be a big factor in the decision.
"He needs good to soft," he told www.heralsdsun.com.au.
"Obviously I would love to run him. The Melbourne Cup, to me, is everything that racing stands for in Australia - our only international event.
"But Aidan needs to select (the) best chance (based on) tracks and travel. The Arc (is) one hour away (with the) chance of rain. The Cup is 30 plus hours."
Greg Carpenter, chief handicapper in Australia, believes he has given O'Brien a carrot.
"The reason I'm so keen to see Order Of St George travel to Australia is for the last three years he's been the powerhouse of European staying," said Carpenter.
"I think that we would see a world-class stayer if he came here. It would be a challenge for him."
Godolphin's Hartnell is due to carry just 0.5kg less than Order Of St George after finishing third last year.
Other notable European-based possibles include Barsanti and Marmelo, who both have 55kg (8st 9lb), while Max Dynamite and St Michel are on 54kg (8st 7lb).
Marco Botti's Dylan Mouth is on 53.5kg (8st 6lb).
Emirates Melbourne Cup (Group 1 Handicap)
3yo plus, 2m (3200 Metres)
|1||ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE)||6||Aidan O'Brien||58kg||1.5|
|2||HARTNELL (GB)||7||James Cummings||57.5kg||2|
|3||ALMANDIN (GER)||8||Robert Hickmott||56.5kg||3|
|4||ADMIRE DEUS (JPN)||7||Darren Weir||56kg||3.5|
|5||HUMIDOR (NZ)||5||Darren Weir||56kg||3.5|
|6||ALBERT (JPN)||7||Noriyuki Hori||55.5kg||4|
|7||GAILO CHOP (FR)||7||Darren Weir||55.5kg||4|
|8||SENSE OF OCCASION||7||Kris Lees||55.5kg||4|
|9||TIBERIAN (FR)||6||Alain Couetil||55.5kg||4|
|10||BARSANTI (IRE)||6||Roger Varian||55kg||4.5|
|11||GINGERNUTS (NZ)||4||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||55kg||3|
|12||MARMELO (GB)||5||Hughie Morrison||55kg||4.5|
|13||PRIZE MONEY (GB)||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||55kg||4.5|
|14||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||6||Andreas Wohler||55kg||4.5|
|15||TAVAGO (NZ)||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||55kg||4.5|
|16||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||5||Aidan O'Brien||54.5kg||5|
|17||JON SNOW (NZ)||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||54.5kg||3.5|
|18||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||6||Robert Hickmott||54kg||5.5|
|19||FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE)||8||Charlie Appleby||54kg||5.5|
|20||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||54kg||5.5|
|21||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||8||William Mullins||54kg||5.5|
|22||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||6||Robert Hickmott||54kg||5.5|
|23||ST MICHEL (GB)||5||Sir Mark Prescott||54kg||5.5|
|24||STAR EXHIBIT||6||Darren Weir||54kg||5.5|
|26||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||54kg||5.5|
|27||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||9||Chris Waller||54kg||5.5|
|28||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||9||William Mullins||54kg||5.5|
|29||BIG DUKE (IRE)||6||Darren Weir||53.5kg||6|
|30||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||5||William Haggas||53.5kg||6|
|31||DYLAN MOUTH (IRE)||7||Marco Botti||53.5kg||6|
|32||INFERENCE||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||53.5kg||4.5|
|33||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||5||Aidan O'Brien||53.5kg||6|
|34||ASSIGN (IRE)||7||Robert Hickmott||53kg||6.5|
|35||CHOCANTE (NZ)||5||Stephen Marsh||53kg||6.5|
|36||GALLANTE (IRE)||7||Robert Hickmott||53kg||6.5|
|37||GUARDINI (FR)||7||Darren Weir||53kg||6.5|
|38||LIBRAN (IRE)||7||Chris Waller||53kg||6.5|
|39||NAKEETA (GB)||7||Iain Jardine||53kg||6.5|
|40||QEWY (IRE)||8||Charlie Appleby||53kg||6.5|
|41||RED VERDON (USA)||5||Ed Dunlop||53kg||6.5|
|42||SINGLE GAZE||5||Nick Olive||53kg||5|
|43||STAMPEDE||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||53kg||6.5|
|44||TRAVELLING MAN (GB)||5||Freddy Head||53kg||6.5|
|45||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||5||Hugo Palmer||53kg||6.5|
|46||ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)||7||Stuart Webb||52.5kg||7|
|47||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||5||Chris Waller||52.5kg||7|
|48||APILOBAR (FR)||5||Markus & Stephanie Nigge||52.5kg||7|
|49||BONNEVAL (NZ)||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||52.5kg||4|
|50||HARPER’S CHOICE||4||Gerald Ryan||52.5kg||5.5|
|51||SEABURGE||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||52.5kg||5.5|
|52||AMRALAH (IRE)||8||Robert Hickmott||52kg||7.5|
|53||BOOM TIME||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||52kg||7.5|
|54||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||8||William Mullins||52kg||7.5|
|55||VOLATILE MIX (NZ)||4||Darren Weir||52kg||6|
|56||YANKEE ROSE||4||David Vandyke||52kg||4.5|
|57||ABBEY MARIE||5||Michael Kent||51.5kg||6.5|
|58||ALOFT (IRE)||6||Robert Hickmott||51.5kg||8|
|59||CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)||8||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||51.5kg||8|
|60||EGG TART||4||Chris Waller||51.5kg||5|
|61||LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||51.5kg||6.5|
|62||REKINDLING (GB)||4||Joseph O'Brien||51.5kg||4|
|63||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||7||Chris Waller||51.5kg||8|
|64||AMELIE’S STAR||6||Darren Weir||51kg||7|
|65||HARLEM (GB)||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||51kg||8.5|
|66||HEAVENS ABOVE||6||Tim Martin||51kg||7|
|67||LASQUETI SPIRIT||4||Lee Curtis||51kg||5.5|
|68||NATURAL SCENERY (GB)||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||51kg||7|
|69||PACODALI (IRE)||5||Darren Weir||51kg||8.5|
|70||WINNING STORY (GB)||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||51kg||8.5|
|72||DEE I CEE (NZ)||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||50.5kg||9|
|73||FOUNDATION (IRE)||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50.5kg||9|
|74||HARRISON (GB)||5||Mick Channon||50.5kg||9|
|75||KIDMENEVER (IRE)||5||Charlie Appleby||50.5kg||9|
|76||MONTOYA’S SECRET||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||50.5kg||6|
|77||PENTATHLON (NZ)||6||John Wheeler||50.5kg||9|
|78||RED GALILEO (GB)||7||Saeed Bin Suroor||50.5kg||9|
|79||SARRASIN (GB)||6||Chris Waller||50.5kg||9|
|80||SWEET SELECTION (GB)||6||Hughie Morrison||50.5kg||7.5|
|81||ADMIRAL JELLO||5||Kris Lees||50kg||9.5|
|82||ALWARD (IRE)||5||Chris Waller||50kg||9.5|
|83||ANA ROYALE||4||Stuart Webb||50kg||8|
|84||ANAHEIM||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||50kg||9.5|
|85||AUVRAY (FR)||7||Richard Freedman||50kg||9.5|
|86||BROADSIDE (NZ)||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||50kg||9.5|
|87||CHARLES ROAD||4||Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott||50kg||9.5|
|88||CHARLEVOIX||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg||9.5|
|89||CISMONTANE (NZ)||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||50kg||9.5|
|90||COMIN’ THROUGH||4||Chris Waller||50kg||8|
|91||COOL CHAP||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg||9.5|
|92||CROCODILE ROCK (IRE)||6||Robert Hickmott||50kg||9.5|
|93||DARABAD (FR)||5||Robbie Laing||50kg||9.5|
|94||DON DOREMO (NZ)||7||Robbie Laing||50kg||9.5|
|96||EUREKA STREET||4||Robert Smerdon||50kg||9.5|
|97||FANATIC (NZ)||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg||9.5|
|98||FIRENZE||6||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||50kg||9.5|
|99||FOUNDRY (IRE)||8||Robert Hickmott||50kg||9.5|
|100||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||5||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|101||GAUGUIN (NZ)||4||John Sargent||50kg||9.5|
|102||GREY LION (IRE)||6||Matt Cumani||50kg||9.5|
|103||HANS HOLBEIN (GB)||6||Robert Hickmott||50kg||9.5|
|104||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg||9|
|105||IMPOSING LASS (NZ)||5||Bjorn Baker||50kg||9.5|
|106||KELLSTORM (IRE)||5||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|107||KHEZERABAD (FR)||6||Aaron Purcell||50kg||9.5|
|108||KILIMANJARO (IRE)||6||Robert Hickmott||50kg||9.5|
|109||KINEMA (IRE)||7||Chris Waller||50kg||9.5|
|110||LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)||6||Chris Waller||50kg||9.5|
|111||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||5||Archie Alexander||50kg||9.5|
|112||LORD VAN PERCY (GB)||8||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|113||LORESHO (FR)||7||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|116||MASTER ZEPHYR (GB)||6||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|117||MEGABLAST (NZ)||6||Nigel Tiley||50kg||9.5|
|118||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||4||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|119||ONCIDIUM RULER||6||Michael Kent||50kg||9.5|
|120||OUR CENTURY (IRE)||7||Robert Hickmott||50kg||9.5|
|121||PENGLAI PAVILION (USA)||8||Charlie Appleby||50kg||9.5|
|122||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||9||David Vandyke||50kg||9.5|
|123||RAW IMPULSE (GB)||6||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
|124||REGAL MONARCH (GB)||5||Chris Waller||50kg||9.5|
|125||RISQUE (NZ)||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg||9.5|
|126||ROCK ON (NZ)||5||Gary Vile||50kg||9.5|
|127||ROMAN SON||4||Anthony & Edward Cummings||50kg||9.5|
|128||SAMOVARE||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg||9.5|
|129||SAYED (USA)||5||Chris Waller||50kg||9.5|
|130||SETTLER’S STONE||6||Troy Blacker||50kg||9.5|
|131||SINGING (FR)||8||Kris Lees||50kg||9.5|
|132||SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)||5||Andreas Wohler||50kg||9.5|
|133||SUPER HAZE (IRE)||6||Tony McEvoy||50kg||9.5|
|134||TAIKOMOCHI||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||50kg||9.5|
|135||TIME TO TEST||7||Tony McEvoy||50kg||9.5|
|136||TRANSFER ALLOWANCE||8||Peter Roche||50kg||9.5|
|137||UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ)||5||Chris Waller||50kg||9.5|
|138||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||6||Michael Moroney||50kg||9.5|
|139||WHEAL LEISURE||4||Archie Alexander||50kg||9.5|
|140||YOGI (NZ)||5||Darren Weir||50kg||9.5|
Melbourne Cup Timeline
1861 – The first Melbourne Cup was run and won by Archer, ridden by John Cutts and trained by Etienne De Mestre. The first prize was a gold watch and 930 pounds and the event attracted a crowd 4,000 people.
1865 – The first year a trophy was awarded, which was a silver bowl on a stand with a narrow neck with two ornate handles and topped with a horse and jockey.
1873 – The smallest ever Melbourne Cup field with seven starters.
1875 – The first time the Melbourne Cup was run on the first Tuesday in November.
1877 - Melbourne Cup became a public holiday for Victorians.
1880 – First Melbourne Cup to attract an attendance of 100,000.
1890 – Carbine won the Melbourne Cup in record time (3.28.25) carrying a record weight (65.5kg) in the biggest field ever assembled (39).
1896 – The first ever Melbourne Cup to be captured on film.
1925 – Melbourne radio station 3LO broadcast a live commentary of the Cup for the very first time.
1930 – Phar Lap makes history, winning races on each of the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
1948 – Photo finishing was used for the first time to decide the winner with Rimfire winning over Dark Marne by a nose length.
1965 – Light Fingers wins the Melbourne Cup to provide Bart Cummings with his first Melbourne Cup win.
1972 – The first metric running of the Melbourne Cup with the two-mile distance becoming 3,200 metres.
1990 – The fastest run Melbourne Cup was won by Kingston Rule in 3:16.3 minutes.
1993 – The first time the great race is won by an international horse, Vintage Crop from Dublin.
2001 – Carbine inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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