Star stayer Russian Camelot will head towards the $8m Melbourne Cup after his third placed finish in Saturday’s Cox Plate.
Russian Camelot jumped as the heavily backed Cox Plate favourite but was over powered late by Import Sir Dragonet and International Armory to run a credible third.
Despite not winning the Cox Plate trainer Danny O’Brien has confirmed that his star galloper will progress onto the 2020 Melbourne Cup where he is now on the fourth line of betting after Sportsbet pushed his price out from $8 to $11 following the Cox Plate.
‘’He ran super and I am confident, given the way he’s come through the race, that he’ll run a great race in the Melbourne Cup,’’ O’Brien told Racing.com.
‘’We used him up early there on Saturday to get a position but I’d love to ride him a bit quieter back midfield and give him a bit of a rest and then let him really finish off.’’
Danny O’Brien will also have last years Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare and VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound in the race after she returned to form winning Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup.
Tiger Moth remains the Melbourne Cup favourite at $6 and will head straight into the race with Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet firming into outright second favourite for Melbourne’s flagship staying race on November 3rd.
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