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Almandin favourite as 55 remain in Melbourne Cup 2017

Robert Hickmott’s Almandin retains his place at the head of the betting after 55 horses were declared for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Almandin on course for Melbourne Cup double

Connections were far from dismayed by his run behind Amelie’s Star over an extended mile and a half last weekend. The seven-year-old had to settle for fourth place when attempting to repeat last year’s victory in the race. The two are set to clash again at Flemington on November 7th, although Amelie’s Star will first take in the Caulfield Cup.

Bonneval and Hartnell will be out to advertise their Melbourne Cup claims at Caulfied this Saturday. They are both declared for the Caulfield Stakes, along with Cup entries Johannes Vermeer and Jon Snow. Confidence is high behind Bonneval after the four-year-old daughter of Makfi beat Hartnell in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes. That was over nine furlongs and she is yet to prove that she has the stamina for the Melbourne Cup.

Darren Weir’s Admire Deus is also prominent in the betting, a high class import from Japan. He last ran in the Tenno Sho when beaten less than two lengths into fourth place. You have to go back to 2015 for his last victory but bookmakers are taking no chances at 13.0.

Red Cardinal leads European Cup raiders

The biggest mover in the futures market in recent weeks has been Andreas Wohler’s Red Cardinal. He is a Group 2 winner in his native Germany over two miles on fast ground. He has the ideal profile for the race and will be bidding to emulate Protectionist who won in 2014.

Aussiebet picked out Thomas Hobson and Wall Of Fire from the initial entries and both have stood their ground. Willie Mullins trains the former who was successful at Royal Ascot this summer. His boundless stamina and love of a fast surface should hold him in good stead. He could be joined by stable companions Max Dynamite (runner-up in 2015) and Wicklow Brave.

Aidan O’Brien has left in Johannes Vermeer and US Army Ranger while Charlie Appleby’s Kidmenever, Qewy and Francis Of Assisi are all possible runners. Hugo Palmer’s Wall Of Fire takes his chance in Saturday’s Herbert Power Stakes with Mark Zahra in the saddle. Rivals include Kidmenever and the Hickmott-trained Foundry, Aloft and Gallante.

Melbourne Cup Betting Tips 2017

Flemington 07/11/2017

Thomas Hobson @21.0 Ladbrokes

Wall Of Fire @34.0 Ladbrokes

Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4

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