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Mount Athos: worked with stablemate My Quest For Peace on Wednesday

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Mount Athos camp delighted with Cup prep

Australia: Mount Athos, favourite with British bookmakers for next month's Emirates Melbourne Cup, continued his preparation for the prestigious Group 1 handicap on Wednesday morning, pleasing connections who said the five-year-old is "doing everything right at the moment."

Trained by Luca Cumani for Marwan Koukash, Mount Athos trotted a lap of the Werribee horse centre where he is based and then worked twice over seven furlongs with stablemate and fellow Cup contender My Quest For Peace.

''He's doing everything right at the moment so we're happy,'' said Charlie Henson, Cumani's representative in Australia.

Mount Athos is as short at 6-1 with Ladbrokes, but as big as 10-1 with bet365 for the Flemington showpiece on November 6, while My Quest For Peace - who is "progressing well" according to Henson - is around the 25-1 mark.

He has been renamed for the race (from Quest For Peace) because of a Peter Moody-trained two-year-old with the same name.

Cumani also has Ibicenco, 50-1 with bet365, entered, but he is far from certain to make the final field.

Dunaden and Americain - the last two winners of the Cup and top weights for this year's race - also exercised on Wednesday morning.

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