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Melbourne Cup '13, Let's Meet the Field

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 The stage is set for the 153rd running of the world's richest handicap, the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3,200m).

Once again, Australia's race that stops a nation is filled with international interest, with nine overseas-trained runners in the field, including the likes of 2011 winner Dunaden.

Australian racing's first lady, Gai Waterhouse, leads the local charge with race favourite Fiorente, while she will also saddle up French import Tres Blue.

Meanwhile, last year's winner Green Moon and Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner are among the runners owned by Lloyd Williams that will make up a quarter of the field.

Here's our look at the 24 horses assembled for the running of this year's Cup at 3pm (AEDT), on Tuesday, or Monday, 12 midnight ET in the US:
1 Dunaden DUNADEN 8yo stallionStarts: 41: 10-11-8$7,663,406
T: Mikel DelzanglesForm: 43228Barrier: 1Weight: 58.5kg
J: Jamie SpencerTrack: 2: 1-0-0Distance: 2: 1-0-0Odds: $26

The 2011 winner is back for a third tilt at the Cup, and this year has been racing well against the best weight-for-age performers in Europe.

When it appeared other contenders for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe would have Dunaden's measure, Mikel Delzangles didn't hesitate in turning his sights on Melbourne.

He has again settled into life at the Werribee training centre like the old pro he is, and Delzangles says he is over the odds for a horse of his quality.

Dunaden will have the honour of being Cup topweight a second time, and while his class cannot be doubted, only two eight-year-olds have won the Cup and none since Catalogue in 1938.

2 Green Moon GREEN MOON7yo stallionStarts: 25: 7-3-0$5,061,346
T: Robert HickmottForm: 44599Barrier: 10Weight: 57.5kg
J: Brett PrebbleTrack: 7: 3-1-0Distance: 1: 1-0-0Odds: $26

Last year's champion returns to defend his title and become only the sixth horse to win multiple Melbourne Cups.

Green Moon ran soundly in both the Memsie Stakes and Underwood Stakes this spring, but his preparation hit a snag when he missed the Caulfield Stakes due to an elevated temperature.

At his only other run this campaign, Green Moon settled well back before finishing a distant ninth in the Cox Plate.

He has not had an ideal preparation for the Cup and will be sent to post with three kilograms more than what he carried to victory 12 months ago.

3 Red Cadeaux RED CADEAUX8yo geldingStarts: 40: 7-10-6$5,137,875
T: Ed DunlopForm: 89624Barrier: 23Weight: 56.5kg
J: Gerald MosseTrack: 2: 0-1-0Distance: 5: 0-2-1Odds: $41

This globetrotting galloper is back for a third shot at the Cup, having fallen only millimetres short behind Dunaden in 2011.

Since his eighth last year, Red Cadeaux has raced in six countries, winning the Hong Kong Vase and running a bold second in the Dubai World Cup.

Ed Dunlop maintains his horse is going as well as ever and is a much better chance than what the betting would indicate, despite his wide barrier.

Red Cadeaux has the services of French jockey Gerald Mosse, who partnered Americain to victory in 2010.

4 Sea Moon SEA MOON6yo stallionStarts: 14: 6-3-1$1,182,202
T: Robert HickmottForm: 80021Barrier: 7Weight: 56.5kg
J: Steven ArnoldTrack: 2: 0-1-0Distance: 0: 0-0-0Odds: $15

One of the best-credentialed horses brought to Australia in recent times, Sea Moon has mixed it with the best in Europe and has a Royal Ascot win on his CV.

His career in Australia got off to a rocky beginning, with a botched start ruining his first run, before he failed to figure against It's A Dundeel and Atlantic Jewel over 1,800 metres.

Unconvinced where he was at, the stable stepped Sea Moon up to the Flemington 2,500 metres in The Bart Cummings, where despite a 60kg impost he finished over his rivals only to lose the race on protest.

But he made amends a week later with victory in the Herbert Power Stakes under 59.5kg, cementing his place in the Cup field.

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5 Brown Panther BROWN PANTHER6yo stallionStarts: 17: 7-3-1$486,315
T: Tom DascombeForm: 38115Barrier: 6Weight: 55kg
J: Richard KingscoteTrack: 0: 0-0-0Distance: 1: 1-0-0Odds: $19

Brown Panther has been building a strong record over staying trips in Europe and has tasted defeat only once this season.

He was declared a Melbourne Cup contender following a dominant win in the Goodwood Cup over 3,200 metres, and then kept his engine ticking over with a fifth placing over an unsuitable shorter trip in late September.

Brown Panther's preparation on the track since arriving in Australia has gone smoothly, however one of his handlers was sent home after breaching quarantine rules.

Former English football star, and keen racing man, Michael Owen bred and part-owns Brown Panther and has made the trip to Melbourne to see his horse run.

6 Fiorente FIORENTE6yo stallionStarts: 15: 3-4-2$1,571,611
T: Gai WaterhouseForm: 36143Barrier: 5Weight: 55kg
J: Damien OliverTrack: 2: 0-1-0Distance: 1: 0-1-0Odds: $7

Last year's runner-up is looking to go one better and give racing's first lady Gai Waterhouse her first win in the Cup.

Fiorente had only one autumn run with the Cup in mind, and this campaign he has flashed home to win the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley, before an unlucky fourth in the Turnbull Stakes prompted a jockey change.

He then produced an amazing effort to race wide and make a sustained run before fighting on for third in the Cox Plate.

An ideal barrier draw has helped him secure favouritism for the Cup and he should be given every chance with two-time winner Damien Oliver aboard.

7 Foreteller FORETELLER7yo geldingStarts: 36: 10-4-1$1,469,771
T: Chris WallerForm: 81024Barrier: 15Weight: 55kg
J: Craig NewittTrack: 3: 1-0-0Distance: 0: 0-0-0Odds: $26

Foreteller did his early racing in France and made his debut for champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller in April 2011.

He has risen through the ranks to be a consistent performer at Group One level, claiming wins in the Ranvet Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes.

Foreteller comes into the Cup after beating all bar Atlantic Jewel in the Caulfield Stakes, before recording great closing sectionals to finish fourth in the Cox Plate.

While doing much of his racing around 1,600 to 2,000 metres, Waller feels Foreteller has been settling well in his races and deserves a chance in the Cup despite question marks over him at 3,200 metres.

8 Dandino DANDINO7yo stallionStarts: 26: 8-9-1$1,345,644
T: Marco BottiForm: 72212Barrier: 4Weight: 54.5kg
J: Ryan MooreTrack: 0: 0-0-0Distance: 0: 0-0-0Odds: $9

This well-travelled Australian-owned, English-trained galloper has produced a big impression since stepping off the plane following a second placing at Royal Ascot and a win in the American St Leger (2,700m).

Dandino then backed up his strong trackwork with a slashing second to Fawkner in the Caulfield Cup over his preferred 2,400-metre trip.

His connections acknowledge he is not as effective over 3,200 metres, but from barrier four they are hoping for a soft run that will allow him to be strong at the finish.

Leading UK jockey Ryan Moore returns to Australia to take the ride, determined to redeem himself following a much-criticised performance aboard Mount Athos last year.

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Congratulations to Gai who finally won the Cup. Very sad about Verema, though. From what I read about Brown Panther the cuts were considered superficial. Verema will be missed.
I backed Dandino to win, but I also played Red Cadeaux on a place & show bet underneath Dandino and hit a really nice lick just on what he paid out for finishing 2nd. I couldn't believe Red Cadeaux was such long odds after nearly winning this race 2 years ago and being a horse that generally runs very well in international G1 races.
i have a pic of brown panther http://gyazo.com/69abfea7abf9a8718f4d555a8185ff2e
Eek! What happened? :( Very sad to hear about Verema, is Brown Panther going to be okay?
Tough Cup this year, reading reports that Brown Panther was also injured, suffering severe lacerations to his forelegs.
Shame what happened to poor Verema...RIP.
Very sad to report that Verema was injured and had to be put down....
Red Cadeaux was my pick.
Followed by Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos. Red Cadeaux was so close 2 yrs ago to Dunaden, and settles for the place once again....
FIORENTE wins the Melbourne Cup for trainer Gai Waterhouse!
Dandino opened as favorite at 4-1. Australia stands still in 17 minutes...
I dont even know what any of this kerfuffle means!!!
I dont even know what any of this kerfuffle means!!!
Ryan Moore on Dandino to complete the Saturday/Tuesday around the world Double.
Too bad no Leading Light in the field.
so many horses have legitimate chances here. What a nicely balanced field.
Interesting to note that unlike our races with post positions typically drawn, gates are assigned here with top weight from gate 1 down to the lowest weight at gate 24....
I will back Green Moon.

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