Racing Victoria’s international scout Leigh Jordon confirmed William Mullins’ Irish raider Max Dynamite was firing on all cylinders ahead of the Melbourne Cup 2015 after a nice look around the famous Flemington track this week.
Flemington is host to the ‘race that stops a nation’ Tuesday week, November 3, when the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) runs as Race 7 with a capacity field of 24 stayers.
Well inside the Melbourne Cup order of entry and guaranteed a run in the world’s richest handicap, the Mullins-trained Great Journey gelding Max Dynamite races as a six-year-old down under and is 13th on the ballot.
Allocated 55kg for his Melbourne Cup bid, a weight fellow six-year-old Fiorente (2013) carried to victory for Gai Waterhouse just two years back, the horse is a genuine two miler with winning form in Europe up to 3300m.
After back-to-back seconds over 3219m in June and July, including in jumps racing, the hurdler and flat racer was last seen winning the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3300m) in York on August 21 carrying 58.5kg.
Jordon confirmed the galloper had his first piece of work at Flemington on Tuesday morning during ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ and was impressive.
Mullins has had two previous Melbourne Cup runners, most recently Simenon who ran a brave fourth behind Fiorente in 2013, and Jordon believes he is in with a better hope in 2015.
“He’s been very impressive at Werribee – Willie does this interval training which is basically sending them around a few times with some short sprints at the end as well,” Jordon said of Max Dynamite.
“He [Mullins] did this with Simenon a few years ago and Simenon ran fourth in the Melbourne Cup and I think Max Dynamite is probably better credentialed.
“He looks hard fit.”
Early Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, who have a Ford Ranger up for grabs in their exclusive ‘Melbourne Cup Prize Draw’, is led by Japan’s Fame Game ($4) coming off a Caulfield Cup sixth and out to repeat the win by Japanese-trained raider Delta Blues in 2006.
Max Dynamite is rated a $15 hope in the all-in Melbourne Cup odds equal with the likes of Robert Hickmott’s Herbert Power Stakes winner Amralah, Cox Plate runner-up Criterion for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig and Chris Waller’s proven 3200m winner Who Shot Thebarman last seen crossing seventh in the Caulfield Cup.
Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan for New Zealand’s Murray Baker is paying $9 to complete the Spring Cups double last achieved by another star Kiwi Ethereal back in 2001 while the Ed Dunlop-trained runner-up Trip To Paris is at $8 to turn the tables.
Dunlop has saddled-up Red Cadeaux in the past four Melbourne Cups for an historical three second place runs including behind Protectionist 12 months ago.
Red Cadeaux is back down under for a fifth straight Melbourne Cup Carnival appearance and is paying $26 to finally go one better than second in the two mile classic.
The last Irish Melbourne Cup winner meanwhile was the Dermot K Weld-trained Media Puzzle (2002) on the back of a record-breaking win in the Geelong Cup.
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