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Gatewood 22-5-12

Gatewood: could run on Saturday in bid to make Melbourne Cup field

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

Five Euros still outside Melbourne Cup field

Australia: As many as five European-trained horses are in danger of missing the cut for the Emirates Melbourne Cup as they sit below the 24-horse cut-off for the world's richest handicap.

With 46 horses standing their ground at Monday's entry stage, Lost In The Moment is closest to getting a run in 26th spot, ahead of Brigantin (27), Shahwardi (29), Gatewood (33) and Ibicenco (37).

Geelong Cup winner Gatewood looks set to run at Flemington on Saturday in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes in a last-gasp bid for an automatic starting berth for the A$6.2 million (£4m feature) on November 6. Final acceptors will be taken at 5pm on Saturday night after racing at Flemington.

Eight of the current top 24 are trained in Europe: Dunaden, Americain, Red Cadeaux, Jakkalberry, Cavalryman, Mount Athos, My Quest For Peace and Galileo's Choice.

One man desperate for Gatewood to get a run in his jockey Glen Boss, who rode Ocean Park to win the Cox Plate on Saturday.

Boss, best known for winning three Melbourne Cups with Makybe Diva, was aboard Gatewood when he won last week's Geelong Cup - and the jockey believes the Group 3 event should carry an exemption from the Flemington eliminations procedure.

"It's become a different race now from what it used to be and we'll see this trend happening from now on," said Boss, speaking at the official launch of the Melbourne Cup carnival at the Crown Towers complex in central Melbourne.

As well as Media Puzzle in 2002, the last two Melbourne Cup winners Americain and Dunaden both won in Geelong en route to the A$6.2 million (£4m) feature.

Boss reckons Gatewood would be a danger, having been impressed with him at Geelong. "I thought my horse was very good through the line at Geelong," he said.

"You know how much better he's going to be when he gets to two miles and gets there in a better tempo race. If he actually does run, he'll be a legitimate chance to winning the Melbourne Cup."

In other Cup news, Christophe Soumillon has been booked to ride ex-French Tac De Boistron, who is now trained by Mick Kent.

 
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