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The 2017 Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and as is the case every Spring, the international brigade are here and they mean business, with several leading chances in the race that stops a nation.

Here at Justhorseracing, we’ve put together a preview of the international runners set to take their place in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

Market ๐Ÿ’ฐ: View the current Melbourne Cup odds

Admire Deus

Breeding: Admire Don x Royal Card
Trainer: Darren Weir
Nationality: Japanese
Weight: 56kg
Career Stats: 22: 5-2-5
3200m Stats: 3: 0-0-0
Winning Max Distance: 2500m (Nikkeo Sho), March 28 2015, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 21: 5-2-4
Wet Track Stats: 1: 1-0-1
MelbourneCup Price @ Sportsbet: $19
Short Summary: One of the better Japanese stayers to come to Australia.

 

Second Last Start (3rd)- Group ll Nikkei Sho (2500m), March 25 2017, Nakayama, Anti-Clockwise direction, Good Surface

He’s the horse just off the pace, yellow cap, blue blinkers. Very good run in defeat and you could make a case he probably should have won had he got clear air for the entire straight. Just had to change course a couple of times while the winner had an uninterrupted path down the outside.

 

Last Start (3rd)- Group l Tenno Sho Spring (3200m), April 30 2017, Kyoto, Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Excellent effort behind a world class stayer in Kitasan Black. Had the box seat most of the way, looked to travel well but just lacked the turn of foot to go with him. Still, a very good run in defeat and the time he ran was very good, and would figure prominently in whatever he contests.

Final Thought: As I said, I think he is the best horse from Japan to come to Australia. He has the form on the board, he has proper Group l form, he stays, he runs time. I think he is a definite chance in the Caulfield Cup, but the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup is something that he should eat up. If he was to win one of the Cups, it’s this one.

 

Francis Of Assisi

Breeding: Danehill Dancer x Queen Cleopatra
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Nationality: English
Weight: 54kg
Career Stats: 19: 8-1-1
3200m Stats: 1: 1-0-0
Winning Max Distance: 3319m (Hurdle), September 5 2015, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 10: 5-0-0
Wet Track Stats: 9: 3-1-1
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $21
Short Summary: Australia has waited 12 months to see him return down under.

 

Second Last Start (1st)- Group ll Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m), November 5 2016, Flemington, Anti-Clockwise direction, Good Surface

This was why he went straight to the top of betting for the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Admittedly he didn’t beat much but look at the way he put them away. He did it with ease. He spanked them. It proved he would handle Flemington perfectly in 2017 and it capped off a remarkable Spring for Charlie Appleby.

Last Start (8th)- Group lll Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2112m), August 12 2017, Haydock, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

To the eye, disappointing in what wasn’t an overly strong Group lll contest, but Appleby did say a few days after that the ground was too sticky for him and that he had come through the run well, which is noteworthy, because if we do get a bit of rain about, that might dent the confidence a touch.

Final Thought: Just keep coming back to that Queen Elizabeth win. It was special the way he dashed away from them. The noise out of the stable is all positive with him and we know what the stable has done in two Australian trips- They’ve dominated. Hopefully the wait on his return to Flemington is worth it.

 

Johannes Vermeer

Breeding: Galileo x Inca
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Nationality: Irish
Weight: 54.5kg
Career Stats: 12: 4-2-2
3200m Stats: Untried
Winning Max Distance: 2011m (International Stakes), July 2 2017, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 2-1-2
Wet Track Stats: 4: 2-1-0
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $34
Short Summary: Can Aidan O’Brien crack the Cups and complete the CV?

 

Second Last Start (1st)- Group lll International Stakes (2011m), July 2 2017, Curragh, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Very impressive win I thought in a race that had good depth. Had the box seat run throughout before Ryan Moore angled him clear and he won under strong hands and heels with Moore not needing the win. The ratings were much better than that of Rekindling/Wicklow Brave in the Curragh Cup on the same program.

Last Start (2nd)- Group lll Ballyroan Stakes (2414m), August 10 2017, Leopardstown, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Just got in a bad spot near the fence behind a plodder. The leader was an $8 chance and he certainly was no pace maker. He was in the market and was just given a picnic in front. Spanish Steps is no mug and has run well in strong races twice since, so this form has held up well.

Final Thought: He’s the unknown. He has the form with Highland Reel and Minding in the form guide, and that is world class form. Wouldn’t say he has gears, but he looks as though he will stay all day, he has upside and he must be respected if Aidan O’Brien has thought highly enough of him to bring him down under.

 

Kidmenever

Breeding: Baltic King x Pepys Tillergirl
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Nationality: English
Weight: 50.5kg
Career Stats: 24: 5-6-3
3200m Stats: Untried
Winning Max Distance: 2400m (Swiss Derby), June 12, 2016 Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 19: 4-6-2
Wet Track Stats: 5: 1-0-1
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $41
Short Summary: Charlie Appleby runner who needs to improve on form.

 

Second Last Start (3rd)- Listed Wolferton Handicap (2004m), June 24 2017, Ascot, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Horse in the Godolphin blue, blue cap just off the pace. Gutsy run I thought. Had to cover additional ground from around the 1000m onwards and at Royal Ascot, it was a big tick to get cover and launch late. Was a beaten horse 300m out but he fought on strongly. That was his first run since Feb 24, so a definite pass mark.

 

Last Start (2nd)- Listed Gala Stakes (2001m), July 7 2017, Sandown (UK), Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Jump to 17:37 for the race replay. Thought the run was full of merit in defeat. Given a lovely ride in the box seat most of the way but just lacked that turn of foot to go with Spark Plug. That horse is easy to tie in for Australian punters because in July last year, he ran fifth at Newbury behind Scottish, who ran a ripper in the Caulfield Cup.

Final Thought: Given he is down in the weights/order of entry, he would have to win a lead up to qualify. Never entirely put a line through a runner Charlie Appleby brings down under. But I have half a line through him. Just not sure his form is good enough to trouble them. But it will depend on how he settles into Werribee.

 

Marmelo

Breeding: Duke Of Marmalade x Capriolla
Trainer: Hughie Morrison
Nationality: English
Weight: 55kg
Career Stats: 10: 3-4-1
3200m Stats: Untried
Winning Max Distance: 3000m (Prix Kergolay), August 20 2017, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 7: 2-4-1
Wet Track Stats: 3: 1-0-0
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $21
Short Summary: Look Out.

 

Second Last Start (2nd)- Group ll Maur De Nieull (2800m), July 14 2017, Saint Cloud, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

He is the horse in the yellow colours, blue cap. Very good run. Trucked up okay throughout and looked to travel well into the straight. Got clear and lacked the turn of foot but his final 250m was excellent, hitting the line with real purpose. Excellent run in a high class race.

 

Last Start (1st)- Group ll Prix Kergorlay (3000m), August 20 2017, Deauville, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

American and Protectionist won this race before winning the Melbourne Cup. I’m not sure what to make of his win. He won it impressively, but let’s be honest- He absolutely walked them in front and dashed the final three furlongs. But, he was still good in winning, still getting the job done, and has definitely earned a ticket down under.

Final Thought: The form doesn’t lie. No fluke that he is near the top of the betting for the Cup. He can be ridden with cover, he can sit on speed, he handles all conditions, he has that French form, he has upside…gee he ticks alot of boxes to win the Melbourne Cup and right now I’d say he is the pick of the internationals.

 

Qewy

Breeding: Street Cry x Princess Nada
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Nationality: English
Weight: 53kg
Career Stats: 25: 5-4-5
3200m Stats: 6: 1-1-2
Winning Max Distance: 3319m (Novice Hurdle), February 7 2015, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 13: 2-1-2
Wet Track Stats: 14: 3-3-3
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $51
Short Summary: Needs to improve on recent form.

 

Second Last Start (4th)- Queen Alexandra (4355m), June 24 2017, Ascot, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

All Blue, blue cap. Mighty run. First run since the Sandown Cup in November and gee you had to love his effort. Took the lead, was left in front and really had every right to turn it up, but he fought on courageously and was coming again on the line. This race was hot with high class horses engaged.

 

Last Start (13th)- Group l Goodwood Cup (3218m), August 1 2017, Goodwood, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

1:14:00 in to get the race. Disappointing run to the eye. Was beaten a fair way out and really paddled late, but this race did have really good depth via the proven champ Big Orange as well as several up and comers, including Stradivarius. Just looked a tad bogged down in that pressure race with the weight.

Final Thought: It is hard to rule out a Charlie Appleby, but I think we have to here. Been a long time since an eight year old has won the Melbourne Cup and that Goodwood effort has turned me off a touch. Off the Queen Alexandra effort, it’d be a big tick. What I will say is that he gets weight relief on recent runs, but does go up 3.5kg on last year.

 

Red Cardinal

Breeding: Montjeu x Notable
Trainer: Andreas Wohler
Nationality: German
Weight: 54kg
Career Stats: 10: 5-3-1
3200m Stats: 2: 2-0-0
Winning Max Distance: 3219m (Belmont Gold Cup), June 9 2017, Firm Surface
Dry Track Stats: 10: 5-3-1
Wet Track Stats: Untried
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $21
Short Summary: One of the best chances for the Cup to remain in Australia.

 

Second Last Start (1st)- Group lll Belmont Gold Cup (3219m), June 9 2017, Belmont, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

The fast tempo really suited this horse. Sat off it all the way before Pedroza gave him clear air on the turn and he pounced, hitting the front and holding on for a superb win at the two miles, and earning himself a start in the Melbourne Cup.

 

Last Start (5th)- Group ll Prix Kergorlay (3000m), August 20 2017, Deauville, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Complete opposite of the Belmont Gold Cup. They absolutely crawled here and he was out the back, with no real hope behind Marmelo. He tried to make a run but by the time he go close, the leaders sprinted and he was gassed. Total forgive.

Final Thought: He’s a good horse. A really good horse. He’s got that similar profile to Protectionist, but I think Protectionist was a bit better than this bloke. Still, he has the form on the board and you always have to respect Andreas Wohler when he brings horses down under, along with Australian Bloodstock.

 

Sixties Groove

Breeding: Sixties Icon x Gift Dancer
Trainer: Andreas Wohler
Nationality: German
Weight: 50kg
Career Stats: 12: 3-1-1
3200m Stats: Untried
Winning Max Distance: 2212m (Handicap), November 9 2016, Synthetic Surface
Dry Track Stats: 11: 3-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 1: 0-0-1
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $61
Short Summary: Travel companion for Red Cardinal.

 

Second Last Start (5th)- Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2405m), June 23 2017, Ascot, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

The horse second last on the rail. Race didn’t appear strong but this was an eye catching effort I thought, making up ground with purpose late to run fifth. Time was good and the race rated highly for the Carnival.

 

Last Start (14th)- John Smith’s Cup (2062m), July 15 2017, York, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Bit of a forgive I would have thought. Just got stuck in no mans land for the race and was a beaten horse early in the straight. Race looked to have a bit of quality about it also.

Final Thought: He can snare a Country Cup or a low level blacktype race. I’ll be very shocked if he was to win here.

 

Tiberian

Breeding: Tiberius Caesar x Toamasina
Trainer: Alain Couetil
Nationality: French
Weight: 55kg
Career Stats: 17: 6-4-0
3200m Stats: Untried
Winning Max Distance: 3000m (Maiden), August 9 2015, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 3-2-0
Wet Track Stats: 9: 3-2-0
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $21
Short Summary: Narrowly behind Marmelo as the best International chance.

 

Second Last Start (1st)- Group lll Prix De Reux (2500m), August 6 2017, Deauville, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Lovely ride on the front end to win. Looked strongly challenged halfway down but he found plenty when under pressure and kicked hard for a narrow win in a race which had depth to it, blacktype depth.

 

Last Start (1st)- Group ll Grand Prix de Deauville (2500m), August 27 2017, Deauville, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Big tick for this win because it showed he can sit with cover and still be effective. Had the dream sit off the pace before peeling at the top of the straight and he took his time to get there, but I loved his final 50m. He was powering to the line and through it.

Final Thought: He is the form International horse coming down under I’d say. There is plenty to like about him. He can sprint, he can lead, he can take a sit, he handles all conditions, lightly raced and is proven at 3000m. Understandable why he is near the top of the betting.

 

Wall Of Fire

Breeding: Canford Cliffs x Bright Sapphire
Trainer: Hugo Palmer
Nationality: English
Weight: 53kg
Career Stats: 13: 4-2-0
3200m Stats: 2: 0-0-0
Winning Max Distance: 2920m (Handicap), September 9 2016, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 2-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 5: 2-1-0
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $26
Short Summary: 3200m, big track, good speed…big ticks.

 

Second Last Start (8th)- Group lll Belmont Gold Cup (3219m), June 9 2017, Belmont, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Had to sit near the hot speed and took care of the leader but the majority took care of him upon straightening. Not sure a brutal two miles is his go. Still, a touch disappointing considering he was supported at odds.

 

Last Start (2nd)- Group lll Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2716m), August 19 2017, Newbury, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Excellent run in defeat I thought. Should have gone close to winning given he got cut out for a run halfway down the straight and had to change course. Defoe has since finished down the track in the English St Leger, but it’s still good form.

Final Thought: Has been beaten both times at the two miles, but both were high quality races being the Belmont Cup and the Dubai Gold Cup. He can go through his gears, he has versatility riding pattern wise. He gets a few ticks. Just whether or not he has the class.

 

Wicklow Brave

Breeding: Beat Hollow x Moraine
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Nationality: Irish
Weight: 54kg
Career Stats: 37: 10-4-5
3200m Stats: 19: 7-1-2
Winning Max Distance: 3420m (County Hurdle), March 13 2015, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 17: 2-4-2
Wet Track Stats: 20: 8-0-3
Melbourne Cup Price @ Sportsbet: $67
Short Summary: Hopefully won’t see the outside fence for the entire 3200m.

 

Second Last Start (4th)- Group lll Irish St Leger Trial (2816m), August 19 2017, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Seemingly looked to travel well enough in the run, but when it came to the crunch time, he couldn’t go with Order Of St George, who is one of the form stayers in world racing right now. Effort was okay in a high class race.

Last Start (4th)- Group l Irish St Leger (2816m), September 10 2017, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Trucked up behind Order Of St George most of the way and looked a minor threat when he popped out, but the beast just careered away and scored a dominant win. Wicklow Brave had his heart broken but stuck on gamely for fourth.

Final Thought: He is a high class horse. Is he going as well as what he was 12 months ago? Definitely not, and my rule with the Cup is if you’ve previously failed in the Cup, you can’t come back and win.

 

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