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Leading French trainer Mikel Delzangles is confident that Dunaden can make history by becoming the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup carrying 59kg since the race switched to metric weights in 1972.
Delzangles arrived in Australia this morning just a day after celebrating the victory of Flotilla in the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf race at the Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita and was clearly happy with the condition of his star galloper.
“The horse looks well, he can’t be better,” Delzangles said.
Delzangles said Dunaden still has something left in the tank and his impressive victory in the Caulfield Cup (2400m) hadn’t taken too much out of him.
“I think the Caulfield Cup has been good for him, he may have even improved a bit after that,” he said.
“We knew that after is victory he would have to carry a bit more weight.
“59 (kg) is a lot. I’m sure that he will try his best but it is a lot of weight.”
Dunaden will have to carry four and a half kilograms more than he did in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and Delzangles admitted that this was a concern.
“I think he is better than last year,” the Frenchmen said.
“But he has to be four kilograms better; it makes the race much harder for us.”
The seven-year-old will join Makybe Diva as the only horse in the past thirty years to win the Melbourne Cup on multiple occasions, if he is successful tomorrow, and will also become the twelfth horse to complete the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double.
Dunaden is currently on the second line of the Melbourne Cup betting market at bookmaker.com.au and is available at odds of $7.50.
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