Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017
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72 SPORT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 LOCAL VICTORY IN V8S >> P62 ENGLISH OUTFIT GETS UP >> P63IN SI D E AUSSIES TOPPLE JAPAN >> P66 MELBOURNE CUP SWEEP INSIDE TOMORROW + TUESDAY Almandin is now Cup favourite ALMANDIN is poised to become only the sixth multiple Melbourne Cup winner and provide owner Lloyd Williams with his sixth win in the race that stops the nation at Flemington on Tuesday. The final field for the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) was declared last night, with Almandin the $7.50 favourite with UBET to go back-to-back in the great race. Williams has called on riding legend Frankie Dettori to partner Almandin after Damien Oliver was suspended on Cox Plate Day. I have been trying for so many years to win the Melbourne Cup, with my first attempt in 1993 thats almost 25 years, Dettori said. More than 100,000 race fans are expected to flock to Flemington on Tuesday for the 157th running of the Melbourne Cup. The international raiders are numerically powerful but only two of the 11 runners have had success at Group 1 level Johannes Vermeer and Wicklow Brave. The Aidan OBrien-trained Johannes Vermeer won the Criterium International (1400m) in France as a juvenile and has trained on to be runner-up in an English St Leger two years ago and his luckless third in the Caulfield Cup earlier this spring. OBrien, the Irish training genius who has set a world record this year with 27 Group 1 wins and counting, has never won a Melbourne Cup, coming closest with Mahler who ran third in 2007. The OBrien stable rates Johannes Vermeer as a superior horse to Mahler. I dont see it (3200m) being a problem, said OBriens stable representative TJ Comerford. RAY THOMAS 2017 CUP FIELD 1 Hartnell (12) D Lane 57.5 2 Alamandin (14) L Dettori 56.5 3 Humidor (13) B Shinn 56 4 Tibrian (23) O Peslier 55.5 5 Marmelo (16) J Bowman 55 6 Red Cardinal (24) K McEvoy 55 7 Johannes Vermeer (3) B Melham 54.5 8 Bondi Beach (1) M Walker 54 9 Max Dynamite (2) Z Purton 54 10 Ventura Storm (6) G Boss 54 11 Who Shot Thebarman (20) T Berry 54 12 Wicklow Brave (8) S Baster 54 13 Big Duke (5) B Avdulla 53.5 14 US Army Ranger (22) J Spencer 53.5 15 Boom Time (9) C Parish 53 16 Gallante (18) M Dee 53 17 Libran (7) D Dunn 53 18 Nakeeta (19) G Schofield 53 19 Single Gaze (11) Ms K OHara 53 20 Wall Of Fire (15) C Williams 53 21 Thomas Hobson (21) J Moreira 52 22 Rekindling (4) C Brown 51.5 23 Amelies Star (10) D Yendall 51 24 Cismontane (17) B Mertens 50 SPORT 9 770815 957172 Big upset in NTFL as Waratah overcomes Nightcliff >>Page 69 TAHS TOO GOOD FOR TIGERS A determined Sam Weddell launches the football down field for Waratah during yesterdays NTFL Premier League clash against Nightcliff at TIO Stadium Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY 9 770815 957172