Almoonqith Ready for 2015 Melbourne Cup Run

November 2nd, 2015

The Geelong Cup form has stacked up in the ‘race that stops a nation’ three times since 2002 and this Tuesday, November 3, the latest Geelong Cup winner Almoonqith is out to complete the double with a Melbourne Cup 2015 run at Flemington Racecourse.

Dunaden

Dunaden (pictured) in 2011 was the last Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double winner with Almoonqith out to be the next in 2015. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to jump as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEST), a capacity field of 24 stayers face off in this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) including the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Almoonqith.

  • Barrier: 10
  • Jockey: Dwayne Dunn
  • Trainers: David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
  • Weight: 53kg (includes 1kg penalty)
  • Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup Double Winners: Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010), Dunaden (2011)

Drawn in barrier 10, which last produced a Melbourne Cup winner only last year with Protectionist (2014) getting the job done from the gate, the imported Dynaformer stallion broke his maiden status down under with success in the $315,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) last time out on October 21.

Coming off the back of a seventh in Sydney’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) over the same distance at the start of October, the six-year-old had one and three-quarters of a length to spare over runner-up Dandino in the Geelong Cup to earn his Melbourne Cup bid.

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Co-trainer David Hayes has saddled-up 21 Melbourne Cup runners over the years for just the one third place finish, the Lindsay Park horseman out to break the drought this Spring with two runners in the two mile classic.

One is the Geelong Cup champ Almoonqith who Dwayne Dunn rides on 53kg, which includes a 1kg penalty for the last start victory.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to carry exactly 53kg to victory was the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed (2008) who was the now late Cups’ King’s 12th winner of the ‘Loving Trophy’.

Three horses over the years have completed the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double without another run in between with Dermot Weld’s Irish galloper Media Puzzle (2002), and the French-trained raiders Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011).

All three were international raiders and Almoonqith is out to be the first Australian-trained horse to take out both races this Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Hayes & Dabernig’s other Melbourne Cup runner on Tuesday is then the better-fancied Criterion in gate four with Michael Walker in the saddle.

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His lead-up was a second in the Cox Plate, and even with 57.5kg on Tuesday is one of the top hopes with the Cox Plate producing two of the past three Melbourne Cup winners: Green Moon (7th in 2012) and Fiorente (3rd in 2013).

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