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Godolphin stables hope that the addition of blinkers will help Crime Scene in his efforts to take home the Melbourne Cup trophy.
The seven year old worked with the blinkers during this morning’s track work at Sandown and it will be decided on Friday whether he will race with them on Tuesday.
Head trainer Saaed Bin Suroor is scheduled to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday or Friday to oversee the final days of preparation for his two runners.
With Kirklees as the stable’s best runner in the event and number three horse on the ballot order, the six year olds trainers are not worrying about his recent seventh place in the Caulfield Cup.
Kirklees will be ridden by the stable’s number one jockey Frankie Dettori who will arrive in Melbourne on Friday in an attempt to win his first Melbourne Cup after 11 previous attempts.
Crime Scene will be ridden by last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Kerrin McEvoy who rode All The Good.
Although Crime Scene ran a disappointing sixth place in the Geelong Cup, McEvoy and Godolphin foreman Tommy Strang are still optimistic with the horse ranking in as number 16 on the ballot order for the Cup.
On the other hand, trainer Luca Cumani is struggling to get a horse in contention for the Melbourne Cup with both of his runners still outside the top 24 on the ballot order.
Cima De Triomphe is entered in this Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes and needs to finish in the top three to assure him of a Melbourne Cup start, however it is seems doubtful that the five year old will end up racing in the 3200m event.
Cumani’s other contender is Basaltico yet the trainer has made an odd decision to not run the six year old in Saturday’s The Lexus Stakes which would have guaranteed the horse a spot in the Cup if he won.
Currently ranked 27th, Basaltico will instead wait in hope that other horses above him will drop out of contention.
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