Talking Horses: overseas raiders set their sights on Melbourne Cup

Ten of the 24 runners in Australia’s biggest race are from British and Irish stables and those are the horses leading the betting

No sooner had Ryan Moore crossed the line on fifth-placed Mendelssohn in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday night than he was on his way to the airport for a flight to Australia to partner The Cliffsofmoher in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. And he was not the only one, as British and Irish stables are responsible for no fewer than 10 of the 24 runners in Australia’s biggest race, which is due off at 4.00am GMT.

The overseas challenge also includes the first five names in the betting, and some – perhaps many – Australian fans have already given up this year’s Cup as lost. No British stable has ever won while Ireland has three victories, France has two and even Germany are on the board thanks to Protectionist’s win for Andreas Wohler four years ago, with Moore in the saddle.

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