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Raymond Tusk will travel to Melbourne later this month with plans to contest the Melbourne Cup

Middleham Park Racing have confirmed plans to send Raymond Tusk to Australia to run in the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

Racing manager Tim Palin said a plan to send Raymond Tusk to the Group 1 Irish St Leger had been ditched with the 4-year-old now set to head down under.

“Having a runner in Australia’s ‘race that stops the nation’ has been a long held dream for many an MPR (Middleham Park Racing) owner.” Palin said.

“We are delighted to announce that we believe we finally have a live contender for their $8 million dollar, 3200-metre race.”

The syndication company said they had received several bids for the colt following his fourth-placed finish in the Ebor at York.

“There’s been a huge groundswell of interest in Raymond from the Men (and women) Down Under, the substance of which has caused us to have a slight rethink about our original plans to run in the Group 1 Irish St Leger at Irish Champions’ Weekend.”

“From the noted interest levels, it seems Everybody Loves Raymond down under, and he will commence his Southern Hemisphere journey during the second week of September, following a short break from his fabulous, and slightly unlucky, Ebor 4th place.”

Raymond Tusk, currently a $51 chance in Melbourne Cup betting, holds a nomination for both the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup.

Watch Raymond Tusk’s run in the Ebor at York:

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