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While Mark Johnston’s Jukebox Jury is currently one of the best backed runners in the 2011 Melbourne Cup field, it is stable mate Fox Hunt that appears to have the upper hand going into Tuesday’s race.
#8 Fox Hunt – Horse Facts
- Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa
- Trainer: Mark Johnston
- Owners: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
- Age: 5YO
- Gender: Gelding
- Breeding: by Dubawi (IRE) out of Kiltubber (IRE)
- Career: 15 5-4-0
- Prize Money: $172,779
- Last Ten Starts: 2164112461
- Current Melbourne Cup Odds: $31 at Luxbet
Fox Hunt has only had 15 race starts, however, all but one of them has been over 2,000 metres in distance.
The gelding won his last start in the Deutsches St Leger on September 18, 2011, over 2,800 metres.
Johnston feels Fox Hunt’s running style will give him every chance in the $6 million Melbourne Cup.
“He’ll be well suited to the Melbourne Cup,” Johnston said.
“He tends to have a flat spot in the middle of the race and a great burst of speed (at the end).
“I think Fox Hunt is the perfect type horse for the Melbourne Cup.”
Fox Hunt’s 2011 Melbourne Cup Positives
- He won his last start in a Group 3 race in Europe
- He has experience over the 3,200 metre distance
- Fox Hunt is said to be the “perfect type horse” for the race by his trainer
Fox Hunt’s 2011 Melbourne Cup Negatives
- He has drawn wide in barrier 19
- He will not have had a run in more than 6 weeks when he lines up for Tuesday’s Cup
- He has never races in Australia before
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