While it is the French-trained raiders Americain and Dunaden heading the latest Melbourne Cup 2011 markets following Monday’s second declarations, a number of the country’s top trainers are tipping maestro horseman Bart Cummings to collect his bakers’ dozen of ‘Loving Trophies’ this year, naming German expat Illo as the horse to beat in the $6.2 million handicap.
Today 47 horses were paid up for at second acceptance stage for the 2011 Melbourne Cup, the testing 3200 metre showdown to take place at Flemingtonon November first, including three from the stables of the Cups King Bart Cummings.
Cummings chose to keep Precedence and Cosmonaut in contention, the later using Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup to hopefully move up the order of entry as they currently sit 44th on the ballot, but it is the imported Illo rated the maestro’s best chance of preparing a 13th Melbourne Cup winner.
Tertullian six-year-old Illo made an outstanding Australian race debut last Saturday when finishing three and a half lengths away third to defending Melbourne Cup winner Americain and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Tullmore in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).
Illo’s run was especially eye-catching as they didn’t get the best run from barrier eight of 10, and the horse has since firmed into a $14 chance in the latest Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet.
While the Moonee Valley Cup was Illo’s first run over 2500 metres, their longest-distanced win being 2413 metres making the two-miles of the Melbourne Cup a query, form experts and fellow trainers don’t seem worried about them making the trip.
Illo is also well-weighted for their shot at the world’s richest handicap, set to carry just 53kg, which is a 3.5 kilo drop from what they had on their back on Cox Plate Day.
One person that Illo’s run didn’t go unnoticed by was Mark Kavanagh, trainer of the since-retired 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
“Americain was terrific winning the (Moonee Valley) Cup and grabbed all the headlines, but the sneaky one who caught my eye was Bart Cummings’ German import Illo,” Kavanagh said.
“He’s got the most improvement to come and I think old Bart has found one to give him a second-to-none chance of winning his 13th Melbourne Cup.
“Illo’s run was outstanding after being three wide and working hard so early.
“He’s the one I like for the Melbourne Cup.”
Cummings is the most successful Melbourne Cup trainer of all time with 12 victories, the first of which came in 1965 with Light Fingers and the most recent of which was Viewed’s narrow success over Bauer in the 2008 Cup.
His other remaining hopes Precedence and Cosmonaut are paying $31 and $301 respectively in the Melbourne Cup markets at Luxbet.
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Bart Cummings’ Melbourne Cup Winners
- 1965 – Light Fingers
- 1966 – Galilee
- 1967 – Red Handed
- 1974 & 1975 – Think Big
- 1977 – Gold And Black
- 1979 – Hyperno
- 1990 – Kingston Rule
- 1991 – Let’s Elope
- 1996 – Saintly
- 1999 – Rogan Josh
- 2008 – Viewed
- 2011 – Illo ? – $14 Bet now at Luxbet