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going to have to cop 54.5kg. The grey hadn't done much wrong before the group 1 Makybe Diva [second] when Foreteller had the last crack at him.
so far," said Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria's executive general manager (racing). ''As good as Atlantic Jewel is, this will be her sternest test."
Regarding the local strength this year, Carpenter said: "It's a valid point; the leading chances are Australian trained. If you were framing a market you would be taking odds on an Australian trained victor."
Leave it up to the breeding purists but Hawkspur hardly has the pedigree of a group 1 two miler. He is closer to a Waler (an Australian warhorse) than some of the European blue bloods. Greats, too, have won the George Main since 1945 but hardly left their mark on the Melbourne Cup. Kingston Town, winner of the Randwick weight for age metric mile twice, and runner up in the Big One (1982), did best.
"In recent years, Americain, Dunaden and Green Moon showed an emerging horse within the 53.5kg 54.5kg weight range are proving to be the horses to beat.
"I don't shy away from the fact that progression in the handicap is off the back of the extraordinary win in the Chelmsford. Obviously Hawkspur (Purrealist Mollyhawk) carries the hope of the nation. Not only is he Australian trained but it would be a good result for the local industry if a home bred can win."
"Three runs after his big win indicate Mount Athos is going no better this year than 12 months ago."
"Glen said he was hoping for 53.5kg but was expecting 54kg. He is New Balance Blue
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Also, no mare has scored in the Underwood, historically a better Cox Plate than Melbourne Cup guide, since Tristarc in 1985. Jeune won the Underwood Melbourne Cup double in 1994, but a spate of Underwood winners have taken the weight for age championship of Australasia at Moonee Valley.
"I expect they were hoping for a bit less, but Puissance De Lune is a natural and, like Fiorente, he has showed that not only are they top stayers but have good leg speed in shorter races. Puissance De Lune deserves to be the Cup favourite, whether the price is appropriate this far out is another question."
Puissance De Lune takes on an exceptional Underwood Stakes at Caulfield, while Chris Waller will test the acceleration of Hawkspur in Randwick's George Main Stakes.
to produce his Chelmsford effort, any of Waller's team can win in what promises to be an epic George Main, which includes 2011 winner Sincero.
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Alas, the rail at Caulfield will be out nine metres, possibly tradition, but being race nine, after eight earlier events isn't, and could be a particular concern to the budding champion Atlantic Jewel on the rain affected ground.
But it promises to be a better Melbourne Cup. Jim Cassidy doesn't feel any horse can give Hawkspur weight and beat him in the coming feature handicaps. "Hawkspur actually went up in weight from the Caulfield Cup 53kg to 53.5kg in the Melbourne Cup," Carpenter said.
Sea Moon, a Lloyd Williams import, gives substance to the line up that also boasts Green Moon, a stablemate which triumphed in last year's Melbourne Cup.
Yes, the Irish bred Puissance De Lune came from France but has thrived since joining Darren Weir and retained favouritism when Melbourne Cup weights were declared earlier this week.
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However, jockey Glen Boss felt Puissance De Lune was given more weight, 54.5 kilograms, than he expected. "Mathematically, a kilo over 3200m is the equivalent of two lengths," Carpenter said, showing the relevance of the impost.
Apart from Puissance De Lune, Atlantic Jewel will be opposed to accomplished group 1 horses, It's A Dundeel, close to top form, and Foreteller, a last start winner. Foreteller, in particular, will be suited by the wet and 1800 metres.
"The way the Cup was run was against him in 2012, but it was a positive performance," Carpenter said. "He flashed home to run fifth [after interference]. He's on the same weight [54kg] but his form isn't as positive. Many would feel his first up effort taking a group 3 by nine lengths was dominant but the second horse was a nine year old, Mad Moose. On the day, [Mad Moose] was having his 37th start, the 35 other [starts] had been over jumps. Seen twice since, Mad Moose once refused to go after coming out of the gates and then ran at Royal Ascot and was beaten officially by 203 lengths.
Waller presents his usual stablemate conundrum in the George Man having four out of the nine acceptors. Shoot Out, Sacred Falls and Royal Descent back up Hawkspur. If Hawkspur fails New Balance Trainers Purple
Usually, at this stage of the season, the hit and run stayer coming for the Big One from Europe New Balance Green And Orange prompts speculation. Is Mount Athos, unlucky last year but with 26 starts, the best of them?
Who needs Melbourne Cup invaders when locally developed talent, including Puissance De Lune and Hawkspur on Saturday, will contribute to the brilliant spring of this year?
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