WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS IN THE MELBOURNE CUP ARE SAYING:
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SNOW SKY: “I don’t know if he’s come on since the Caulfield Cup, he’ll tell us that on Tuesday, but we had him pretty fit there and this will suit him better.” – Trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
CRITERION: “He’ll get a beautiful run now from barrier four and Michael (Walker) has just got to time his run and he’ll present at some stage, you know he’ll be there.” – Co-trainer David Hayes.
FAME GAME: “It’s a great honour to be a short-priced favourite but the rest of the field will be hard to beat.” – Trainer Yoshitada Munakata.
OUR IVANHOWE: “I’m really happy with him. He’s probably a little bit of a forgotten horse, but I was always taught if you run a place in the Caulfield Cup and you’ve got improvement left, you’re going pretty good. So I think he’ll go pretty good.” – Co-trainer Lee Freedman.
BIG ORANGE: “He’s a happy horse. He gets two miles. He goes left-handed. He likes fast ground. He ticks a lot of boxes.” – Trainer Michael Bell.
HARTNELL: “We know that Hartnell, on the strength of his Cox Plate run is going to be competitive.” – trainer John O’Shea.
HOKKO BRAVE: “The Caulfield Cup was an unfortunate race. The pace was not helpful for our horse. We believe we can beat Fame Game.” – Trainer Yasutoshi Matsunaga.
MAX DYNAMITE: “His work has been getting better and we’ve been building it up towards Tuesday and so far, so good.” – Willie Mullins’ assistant trainer David Casey.
RED CADEAUX: “If he runs in the top four it would be an astonishing result for a horse of his age to come to this country six times,” – Trainer Ed Dunlop.
TRIP TO PARIS: “I think he’s definitely come on from his Caulfield Cup run.” – Jockey Tommy Berry.
WHO SHOT THEBARMAN: “He ran third in this race last year and second in the Sydney Cup. We know he can stay.” – Trainer Chris Waller.
SKY HUNTER: “We try for years and years. We’ve finished second three times in the past. I hope this time we can do it,” – Trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
THE OFFER: “He’s a proven stayer and we know how effective he is on rain-affected ground.” Trainer Gai Waterhouse.
GRAND MARSHAL: “He beat Who Shot Thebarman to win the Sydney Cup. One thing we know with the pair of them is the distance is no problem.” – Trainer Chris Waller.
PREFERMENT: “Of my runners, he has the `wow’ factor.” – Trainer Chris Waller.
QUEST FOR MORE: “On his best form he’s going to be very competitive. I’m very happy to be riding him and I think he’ll run a really good race.” – Jockey Damian Lane.
ALMOONQITH: “If I was against Almoonqith I’d be very worried about him, the way he won at Geelong.” – Co-trainer David Hayes.
KINGFISHER: “The first week was a bit difficult but in my view he looks as well as anything, in fact I’m amazed at how well he looks.” Co-owner Lloyd Williams.
PRINCE OF PENZANCE: “I’m not sure whether he’s good enough but a top 10 finish would be a good result.” – Trainer Darren Weir.
BONDI BEACH: “I have a theory that northern hemisphere three-year-olds, since I’ve watched Mahler run third to Efficient, have a good chance of winning the race.” – Co-owner Lloyd Williams.
SERTORIUS: “To be the only Australian-owned, Australian-bred and Australian-trained horse in the race. It’s pretty special I suppose.” – Trainer Jamie Edwards.
THE UNITED STATES: “He’s fit and well. He’s come through that race at Moonee Valley well. I think he’s improved a bit and he’s looking for a trip.” – Co-owner Lloyd Williams.
EXCESS KNOWLEDGE: “Dropping to that luxury weight, he’ll be more than competitive.” – Trainer Gai Waterhouse
GUST OF WIND: “She is looking for two miles and the Cup has always been her goal.” – Trainer John Sargent.
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