It’s a Melbourne Cup full of talent Discover here the 24 horses participating in the race that stops the nation

Super-talented Kiwi-bred mare who is now with Chris Waller after starting her Australian career with disgraced former Victorian champion coach Darren Weir Won the Caulfield Cup in her last start, narrowly beating Anthony Van Dyck , with another candidate for the Cup in The Chosen One third

Received a half-kilo penalty for this victory Wishing to become the first mare since Makybe Diva to win the big race, and the first to double Caulfield and Melbourne Cup since Ethereal in 2001 It doesn’t bother the ground wet and jockey Mark Zahra and Waller think 3200 meters are in his compass

It’s rare for Cox Plate winners to return to the Melbourne Cup, but the import formed by Ciaron Maher / David Eustace seems like the perfect type to do it Formerly trained in Ireland by master Coolmore Aidan O’Brien, Sir Dragonet is another who wouldn’t mind if the heavens opened on Cup day He was well suited by the soft valley surface on Cox Plate day, and his best England win as a young horse was on a heavy track in Chester It was impressive enough to see him start as favorite for the Epsom Derby and he had a terrific race there, finishing fifth ahead of his teammate Anthony Van Dyck beaten by less than a length so there should be little in between. them here

A rare Melbourne Cup runner for Caulfield handler Mick Price, best known as one of the best sprinters and milers coaches, and a big race first for his young training assistant Michael Kent jnr Elle won the Cup last April when she clinched the 2800m Andrew Ramsden Stakes, securing a place for the winner Had shown improved form as a four-year-old mare on 2000m missions, and had her best performance this spring in the Moonee Valley Cup when she had the chance to cross the 2000m, passing third behind another mare linked to the Cup in Miami linked

Short a remarkable six months by winning the Bart Cummings at the start of October, another race which guarantees the winner a start in the Melbourne Cup. A race remained to be won after 10 starts until he made it to Bendigo on a heavy track in May and breaks his duck in a 1600m maiden Since then he has gotten better and better, winning five of his last eight starts and finishing second in the other three A sturdy, purposeful gaming stimulator that has a light weight and will be prominent for much of the way

Already a history maker as the first Epsom Derby winner to race in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, Galileo’s four-year-old son is looking to give O’Brien his first victory in the biggest race in Australia Weighs 58 at most 5 kilograms but earned it with a range of top-flight performance

His greatest triumph came in the 2400m Derby, but he arguably did a better job coming down in a photo finish to Verry Elleegant in the Caulfield Cup, coming from behind the field and the draw exterior Will be hard to beat

Winner of last year’s Melbourne Cup after a superb run from Craig Williams, Vow And Declare suffered the fate of many Cup winners after their greatest triumph: they rise in the weights and struggle to win again The locally bred stayer will this time be teamed up by Michael Rodd, who knows what it takes to lead Efficient to victory 13 years ago for Lloyd Williams Vow And Declare won in a cover finish last year after finishing an excellent runner-up in the Caulfield Cup; this year he finished on the track at Caulfield and his best performance since his Cup victory was a third in the Australian Cup in March Will be suited to Flemington, however

A huge fancy two years ago he suffered interference early on and never really entered the East proven contest at 2400m and Flemington and may have flown a bit under the radar this time around Will be the sole representative of the giant global operation Godolphin after their UK-based coaches Charlie Appleby (success with Cross Counter in 2018) and Saeed bin Suroor (who won the Caulfield Cup with the best solution in 2018) decided that the coronavirus restrictions made it too difficult and dangerous to get staff to travel with horses To be ridden by former jumping jockey John Allen, Avilius was unlucky in the Caulfield Cup when he finished sixth quickly and is a proven Group 1 performer so he could face his chances and run a great race

Would be a fairytale winner for owner John Wheeler on his 71st birthday and must have a great chance to give Danny O’Brien, who won with Vow And Declare last year, back-to-back wins In Partnership starring champion Damien Oliver, Russian Camelot emerges as one of the local brigade’s biggest chances after his third close-up of importing Sir Dragonet and Armory, into the Cox Plate, after drawing a wide gate and spending a lot of gasoline early

Distance shouldn’t be a problem for Camelot’s son, who won over 2,500m in the South Australian Derby and is expected to go around the extra pitch

Whoever wears the famous Lloyd Williams colors, the Irish stayer should be right in this race to his ears Will have no problem with the trip after finishing a small second last year under Frankie Dettori to be disqualified for causing interference and being ranked fourth Coached by Joseph O’Brien, Aidan’s son, who made a brilliant start to his coaching career and got his start in Australia when he won the Cup Williams with Rekindling in 2017

The other candidate Williams / Joseph O’Brien also has very solid claims When he raced at Flemington in 2019 he had just been bought by Williams He drew a wide barrier and was ridden in good place, being left behind in the finals to be beaten by less than three lengths This time his preparation has been entirely geared towards a return trip to Melbourne He easily beat Master Of Reality at the Curragh in July and last time he finished third in Group 1 Irish St Leger, form which puts him straight into the conversation for a race like the Melbourne Cup

Tiger Moth, an improving three-year-old keeper in the Northern Hemisphere, appears to tick most of the boxes to give Aidan O’Brien his first Melbourne Cup victory after a few narrow misses He will be ridden by three-time Cup winner jockey Kerrin McEvoy, he is lightweight (525kg) and is part of the age group that has won two of the last three Cups Against him is his relative lack of experience. Melbourne Cup will only be his fifth race start and he only broke his duck in June with a first victory over 2400m at the Curragh in Ireland He followed with a close second for stablemate Santiago in the Irish Derby and in September a won a Group 3 victory over 2400m

A shot from afar, and his recent form explains why since he hasn’t hit the frame in his last five starts His last place came in April in Group 1 ET Tancred Stakes when he was beaten by Verry Elleegant on his way to the Sydney Cup, where he finished fifth ahead of mare Etah James and The Chosen One Earlier in his career he was trained in Ireland by Ger Lyons, and it was here that Mustajeer achieved his greatest success winning the Ebor Handicap in York, a race that often elicits Cup-top fantasies. But that was in August 2019, after which he was sold to Australian Bloodstock and traveled to Kris Lees’ Australian stable. He took part in last year’s Cup where he was associated with Damien Oliver but finished 23rd

An interesting contender from Irish wizard Willie Mullins Stratum Albion’s predominantly vaulting stables mixes flat running and obstacle but appears to be better at level

It’s not unlike Max Dynamite, whom Mullins sent for the Cup to finish second behind Prince of Penzance when Michelle Payne made history with her 100-1 shot win in 2015 Max Dynamite was then third two years later behind Rekindling Stratum Albion is owned by Tony Bloom, the owner of Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, hence the Australian suffix of this horse

The rugged old warrior is back for his third Melbourne Cup incline and many believe this may be the year he takes the victory he’s so close to winning The victory would make his rider , Jamie Kah, the second female jockey to win the big race when it would be an important feather in the cap of the young English coach Charlie Fellowes Promoted to second place with the demotion of Master Of Reality last year, in 2018, he was third at Cross Counter, so the two miles at Flemington doesn’t scare him A quick fourth place in the last Caulfield Cup start, it’s his worst final position in seven starts in this country

One of the few in this field to have done all of his races in Australia, Warning should be better off for a return to the wider Flemington stretches and the increased distance trainer Anthony Freedman was part of the legendary FBI (Freedman Brothers Incorporated, led by his older brother Lee) who won the Melbourne Cups with Tawriffic, Doriemus and twice with Makybe Diva so he certainly knows what is required on the big day Warning won the Victoria Derby last year on a soft track with Oliver in the saddle, and he’s been Cup-ready since His best performances since last year’s Derby Day have been in the Derby SA behind Russian Camelot and in the Turnbull Stakes, where he was only one length behind Verry Elleegant and Finche

Another major local hopeful Trained in the Western Districts by Paul Preusker, it would be a fairy tale if the gelding could do four better than its unlucky fifth place last year Preusker has targeted this day ever since and has ran Surprise Baby sparingly, the son of the former Shocking Cup winner having only had two starts sinceDistance won’t be a problem, nor the track and jockey Craig Williams, who succeeded on Vow And Declare last year, knows how to get the job done

A more than solid back-up to Verry Elleegant for Waller, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he ended up ahead of her The former French galloper still runs in the colors of Khaled Abdulla, the green and pink silks made famous in the World by Frankel among others Since coming to Australia he has been a regular in Group 1 and Cups, having finished fourth and seventh in the Melbourne Cup and fifth twice in the Caulfield Cup He was also narrowly beaten twice in the Turnbull Stakes, so Flemington is a perfect fit for him.

A surprise winner of the Sydney Cup on a heavy track at Randwick in April, this New Zealand mare has plenty of stats to overcome if she wants to repeat her success in Sydney on Tuesday No mare has won since Makybe Diva ago 15, and no horse her age – she’s eight – has saluted since Catalog won the award in 1938.But horses don’t read statistics books, and the galloper Ciaron Maher / David Eustace is the one who will definitely stay the trip She took a good break after that Sydney Cup win and had a pipe opener in the Metropolitan, finishing on the track there before showing better form to be fourth behind Miami Bound and Oceanex in the Moonee Valley Cup

The winner of the VRC Oaks is another contender from Danny O’Brien, the coach quickly building a reputation for his talent and riding skills in preparing for stayers She has a history to overcome as the winners of VRC Oaks do ‘haven’t been as successful in recent years – Light Fingers, who won in 1965, being the last Oaks winner to win the following year Miami Bound was beaten by foals and geldings twice in the fall and was moved in four starts this spring before hitting her straps on touched ground in the Moonee Valley Cup the last time she caught a surprise from $ 26 under Kah

Prepared by New Zealand coach Murray Baker, The Chosen One is one of those low-key classic Kiwi stayers who catch better-imagined rivals – as he almost did in the Caulfield Cup Frankly clear to the brand 250m, the gelding mounted on Daniel Stackhouse was only led by Verry Elleegant and Anthony Van Dyck at 100 to go and fell just under a length Cup distance won’t be a problem – he finished second behind Etah James in the Sydney Cup over 3200m, beaten by a single header – and was just over five lengths behind Vow And Declare in the Melbourne Cup from last year

Second representative of the father-son training duo of Anthony and Sam Freedman, Steel Prince also started his career in Ireland Interestingly, his first performance saw him finish third after Homesman and then coached by Aidan O ‘ Brien, in a young girl from Limerick Few would have predicted that just over three years later Steel Prince would prepare to line up for his second Melbourne Cup while Homesman, now a stable mate, would have finished second in a Caulfield Cup and won at the level from group 2 in Moonee Valley last weekend Steel Prince ran well in the Cup last year in a close-up ninth This year he won the Geelong Cup, getting the penalty kick he needed to move up the entry order Will be worse long strokes

Another to wear Williams silks and a fourth runner for Danny O’Brien, King of Leogrance is a former French stayer and yet another in this field spawned by Camelot, the former hero winner of the Coolmore Derby King Of Leogrance won at list level in his home country but has done most of his races in Australia where he has shown distance running to be his forte

On his fifth start in this country, he won over 2,500m at Flemington and followed it up shortly after with a sweet victory in the 3,200m Adelaide Cup

He was narrowly beaten by Oceanex in the Ramsden this year, but showed he came on time with a close third to Steel Prince and Le Don De Vie in the Geelong Cup

English-trained Galloper who ran terribly in the Caulfield Cup when he was long – an unusually poor display that prompted several questions However, checks showed he was in good shape and he delighted the great jockey Racing Michael Walker, the Kiwi driver predicting a daring performance on Tuesday Has good form at top level in Europe, but his latest effort will make the judges’ heads tremble if he can make a difference

He entered the field through the skin of his teeth after an ultimate victory in the Lexus Hotham Stakes on Saturday, the final dice race to make the field of the German team of Andreas Wohler, who won the Cup in 2014 with Protectionist, Ashrun should have nothing short of endurance as the Lexus was over 2500m Not as fast as his Cup-winning teammate Wohler says he’s austere and will enjoy the weight loss After carrying 61 kilos On Saturday he will only wear 53 on Tuesday Another clue in his favor is that he has competed in the Geelong Cup, a race that has produced Cup winners and ushers in recent years

Michael Lynch is the chief football reporter for The Age and also reports on motorsport and horse racing

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