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Japan’s Fame Game continues to sit top of the Melbourne Cup 2015 odds for the famous Flemington Race 7 next Tuesday after coming up with barrier 12.
Leading the markets pre-field and barriers for this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), Fame Game is still top of betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to join Delta Blues (2006) as the only Japanese-trained Melbourne Cup winners in history.
He is at a firming $3.80 to win from gate 12 with Zac Purton in the saddle and carries 57kg, an exact weight no winner has carried in over 30 years in the ‘race that stops the nation’.
The past two Melbourne Cup champions were at single-figures with the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Fiorente (6/1 in 2013) and Protectionist (7/1) 12 months ago.
Currently the only other stayer under $10 in Melbourne Cup betting to take it out this year is British visitor Trip To Paris ($8.50) prepared by Ed Dunlop who has run second three times with Red Cadeaux.
Trip To Paris ran third in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219m) in late July on the back of a Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) win, and debuted in Australia with a second in the Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Back up to two miles with the same weight (55kg) and jockey (Tommy Berry) he is considered by the bookies as a big hope.
At $10 Preferment is the next best fancied to hand Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller with his maiden ‘Loving Trophy’.
The now four-year-old son of Zabeel won the Victoria Derby (2500m) last spring with the last VRC Derby winner to come back 12 months later and win the Melbourne Cup being Efficient (2006 & 2007).
Last time out Preferment, recent winner of the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) giving him a perfect two-from-two record at Flemington, was ninth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
In the Melbourne Cup weights he drops from 57.5kg that run to a nice 53.5kg lightweight hope for Cox Plate winning jockey Hugh Bowman and jumps from barrier 11, which most recently produced Americain (2010) for his win five years ago.
Equal at Melbourne Cup quotes of $13 are then the William Mullins-trained Irish raider Max Dynamite in barrier two and one of the best fancied local hopes Criterion two wider in barrier four for jockey Michael Walker.
Great Journey gelding Max Dynamite won the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3300m) at York last time out with 58.5kg from the same gate he has come up with for a Melbourne Cup bid over 100m shorter with only 55kg on his back.
Criterion represents David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) winner two back coming off a Cox Plate second to mighty mare Winx.
Two of the past three Melbourne Cup winners came straight out of a Cox Plate without a Derby Day run in between with Green Moon (7th in 2012) and Fiorente (3rd in 2013).
The other Melbourne Cup horses under $20 in betting are Criterion’s Geelong Cup winning stablemate Almoonqith ($17) in gate 10 for jockey Dwayne Dunn, Waller’s third placegetter in the race last year Who Shot Thebarman ($19) and The United States ($19).
The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira rides the Lloyd Williams-raced The United States next week on just 52.5kg, which includes a 2.5kg penalty for the six-year-old’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) win on Cox Plate Day.
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