Saturday, October 30, 2010

So You Think tops Melbourne field

Date: Tuesday 2 November, 0400 GMT Venue: Flemington racecourse Commentary: BBC Radio 5 live Report: BBC Sport website

So You Think
So You Think scored comfortably on Saturday

Hot favourite So You Think, trained by 12-time winner Bart Cummings, heads the field for the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

The Cox Plate winner warmed up for the 'race that stops a nation' by claiming the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday.

Cummings has been in hospital during the build-up but will have been cheered by his horse's draw in stall three.

No horse based in the UK has ever won the famous contest, but Frankie Dettori will be aboard Holberg, who is trained in Newmarket by Saeed bin Suroor.

A crowd of more than 100,000 is expected at Flemington racecourse for one of Australia's biggest annual sporting occasions.

So You Think added to his growing reputation by speeding clear of his rivals on Saturday.

Cummings, nicknamed the 'Cups King', is also set to run Precedence.

Ireland's Dermot Weld, the only European trainer to have savoured a Melbourne Cup victory, saddles Profound Beauty, who is drawn on the outside in 22.


Weld won the race in 1993 with Vintage Crop and 2002 with Media Puzzle.

There was mixed news for the Godolphin team as Holberg made the cut. Drawn in 10, he will be partnered by Frankie Dettori.

However, Campanologist - to be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy - was drawn 19.

Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani was another to experience the differing sides of the draw, with 2008 runner-up Bauer drawn two, and Manighar in 20.

William Knight's Illustrious Blue is in nine, while French runner Americain will break from number 12.

MELBOURNE CUP Racecard number, name (draw)

1 Shocking (24)
2 Campanologist (19)
3 So You Think (3)
4 Zipping (16)
5 Illustrious Blue (9)
6 Mr Medici (5)
7 Shoot Out (17)
8 Americain (12)
9 Tokai Trick (4)
10 Buccellati (21)
11 Descerado (1)
12 Harris Tweed (13)
13 Manighar (20)
14 Master O'Reilly (18)
15 Monaco Consul (14)
16 Profound Beauty (22)
17 Zavite (7)
18 Bauer (2)
19 Holberg (10)
20 Precedence (15)
21 Red Ruler (8)
22 Linton (23)
23 Once Were Wild (11)
24 Maluckyday (6)

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