Godolphin happy with Melbourne Cup draw after top pair drawn side by side

  • Hartnell and Oceanographer drawn in barriers 11 and 12
  • Godolphin hoping to break drought in Australia’s richest race

The 2016 Melbourne Cup favourite, Hartnell, enjoyed a favourable draw on Saturday and will start next week’s $6.2m race from barrier 12, alongside fellow Godolphin hope Oceanograhper in 11.

Godolphin has five runners in this year’s race, when it will be looking to finally end a lengthy drought in the big race at Flemington – despite huge success elsewhere, the Melbourne Cup has remained elusive since Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s operation first entered a runner in 1998.

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