31 Oct 2016
This year Godolphin has five live chances in a field of 24. They are:
Hartnell, the race favourite trained in Sydney by John O'Shea; Beautiful Romance, trained in Dubai by Saeed bin Suroor; Oceanographer, the impressive Lexus Stakes winner trained by Charlie Appleby in the UK; Secret Number, also trained in Dubai by Saeed bin Suroor; and Qewy, the 2016 Geelong Cup winner who is another Appleby trained horse.
The blue Godolphin colours have finished runner up three times in previous Melbourne Cups.
The first time was in 1999 when Central Park finished second to Bart Cummings' Rogan Josh.
Then in 2001, Give The Slip was given the slip and beaten by Ethereal, making Sheila Laxon the first female Melbourne Cup-winning trainer.
Then in 2009, Australian horse Shocking beat Godolphin's Crime Scene.
“Hyperion” (Robert Bishop) speaking in Melbourne today said “It’s a case of If Not Now Then When as they have such a strong contingent this time, including two of my top three picks in Oceanographer and Hartnell. Jameka is the obvious danger but I could see Oceanographer and Qewy making the quinella with Hartnell in third”.
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