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Peter Moody has followed the traditional lead-up path this 6yo son of Savabeel who’ll contest his first Melbourne Cup. He was given every chance in the run by Luke Nolen from a good draw in the G1 Turnbull Stakes but found Lucia Valentina and stable-mate Lidari a shade too strong over the final 50m and finished third (0.6 lengths). He then got a start in the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and again under Nolen, took up a forward position and seeing the trip out well, finishing fourth (1.1 lengths) behind Admire Rakti, who he meets at the same weight differential. He next and most recent start was in Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) but as the field turned for home, he couldn’t accelerate from is on-pace position and in fact, struggled to maintain it, crossing the line in ninth spot (6.9 lengths) behind Happy Trails and He’s Your Man. Struggled to handle the drop back in distance and WFA condition on Saturday and although he returns to a handicap race over more ground, needed to see him doing more at the end of Saturday’s race to warrant consideration here – especially now he has drawn so wide.


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Melbourne Cup Form Guide


Brambles Preview:

Trainer: P G Moody

Jockey: L Nolen

Breeding: Savabeel x Prickle

Prize money earned: $825,258

Form at 3200m:

Melbourne Cup barrier: 21

Weight to be carried: 54kg

Melbourne Cup Odds:

Form Guide:

Brambles - Melbourne Cup 2014 form guide