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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Britain and Ireland set to send strongest ever team to Melbourne Cup

Withhold: ante-post favourite for the Melbourne Cup
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Great Britain and Ireland look to be extremely well represented in this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup on November 6.

Antepost favourite Withhold was among the 183 entries, 53 of which were overseas, as well as second favourite and 16-1 chance Magic Circle – both will head to the race without a prep run. 

The latter hasn't been beaten in two starts this year, winning the Chester Cup and Henry II Stakes, and the flourishing six-year-old will receive the assistance of last year's winning rider Corey Brown

Gordon Stakes winner Cross Counter, who finished second to stablemate Old Persian in the Great Voltigeur at York last week, is one of nine entries for Godolphin, with Hamada, Emotionless and Best Solution also engaged.

Last last year's fifth Nakeeta is back for more and Saturday's Ebor first and second Muntahaa and Weekender also feature for John Gosden.

Rekindling, Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite made it a one-two-three for Irish-trained runners last year for Joseph O'Brien, Aidan O'Brien and Willie Mullins.

Mullins could be again represented by Max Dynamite, who was also narrowly denied in 2015 when second to Prince Of Penzance, as well as Chelkar, Lagostovegas, Stratum and Thomas Hobson.

Rekindling (pink cap) beating Johannes Vermeer (second from right) and Max Dynamite (pink, right)

Joseph O’Brien will be bidding to win consecutive Melbourne Cups and although Rekindling is absent, he has Irish Derby winner Latrobe engaged – who is likely to run in the St Leger next – as well as Master Of Reality and Ming.

His father Aidan also has a strong hand with Rostropovich, Flag Of Honour, Hunting Horn, Kew Gardens and Lancaster Bomber among his entries.

 


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Antepost favourite Withhold was among the 183 entries, 53 of which were overseas, as well as Magic Circle and Cross Counter
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