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The Melbourne Cup

November 1st, 2011 0 comments

There was a time when two strappers leading a horse was a rare sight in The Cup. These days, with all the internationals, it is common. But the locals are picking up on it. Lloyd Williams uses two strappers on all his horses, and other trainers are following suit. In the book it is a mild negative, but now it has turned the corner and is a positive. Today, Americain, Manighar, Unusual Suspect, Lucas Cranach, Lost In The Moment, Modun, and At First Sight were all led by two strappers, and still I could have missed some with two circles of horses in the mounting yard. With so many strappers it was a wonder there was room for any horses. Dunaden looked good, but I marked him down for the nose roll. The standout in the yard was Red Cadeaux. Lucas Cranach had the bar plates off which was good, but foot problems are always a worry. I ended up backing Niwot, following my money from Derby Day. Five bets for two collects (Vintedge, Little Surfer Girl) and three losers (Adroitly, Niwot, Éclair Mystic), but still a positive day.

Best hat was no contest and clearly deserved by Mr Very Impressive with his Titanic creation. And I can report a Francesca sighting.

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