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Max Presnell’s horse-by-horse guide to the Melbourne Cup field – The Age

The Herald’s racing doyen casts his eye over a vintage 24-horse field for Tuesday’s race that stops the nation.

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5. Sir Dragonet: One of the main hopes being an Irish-bred on an upward spiral having only 10 starts, including his Cox Plate triumph at Moonee Valley recently. With Glen Boss he will have the navigational assistance required. Best on a soft surface is a niggling doubt, but still one of the main chances.
6. Twilight Payment: An eight-year-old also with the Lloyd Williams involvement. Solid effort in the Melbourne Cup last year, beaten four lengths, and Irish form indicates he is going better. Effective…

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