The foreign horses most likely to steal our Melbourne Cup
THE Melbourne Cup is an iconic Australian event but that hasn't stopped the last five Cups from being taken off shore by foreign horses.
Australian bred and trained Shocking took the cup in 2009, followed by a rush of winners entirely bred offshore, with most trained internationally as well.
In 2010 it was American-bred, French trained Americain, followed by French trained Dunaden in 2011 and Ireland-born Green Moon in 2012.
The Ireland-born Fiorente took the Cup in 2013. Last year it was the German Protectionist.
Green Moon and Fiorente were each trained for a year or two in Australia before the Cup.
In this year's Melbourne Cup, there are just two Australian contenders among the top six favourites: Preferment ($11) and Criterion ($17).
In the spirit of knowing your enemy, here is a breakdown of the four most likely to again steal the cup from Australian hands:
1. Fame Game, of Japan ($5.00)
Although its odds are easing, Fame Game is the blow-in most likely to spirit the Cup to foreign lands.
Fame Game is a Japanese galloper, assuring its place among the top choices after just missing out on Japan's Tenno Sho.
Fame Game's performance in the Caulfield might not have been stellar, but showed it would be well suited for tomorrow's big race.
2. Trip to Paris, from Ireland ($9.00)
The Irish contender has already shown its strong form in the Caulfield Cup, putting it among those to beat.
In the G2 Goodwood Cup, Trip to Paris eclipsed Big Orange and Quest For More - both racing for tomorrow's cup.
Its credentials were clear after coming second in the Caulfield, but Trip to Paris should be even better suited to Flemington's 3200m. One to hope for in the office sweep.
3. Max Dynamite, of France and Ireland ($13.00)
Bred in France and trained in Ireland, Max Dynamite is an appealing prospect for his ability to handle all conditions. He'll have no problem handing the two-mile track.
Trip to Paris might have impressed at the Caulfied, but Max Dynamite managed to outperform both he and Big Orange over 3300m at the Lonsdale Cup at York.
If he could beat Trip to Paris then, and Trip to Paris almost secured the Caulfield, then Max could be in the running for the Cup.
4. Almoonquith, of United States ($16)
This six-year-old American has a fair shot at the Cup, earning his reputation by already earning a massive $475,225.
On October 21, it won the Geelong Cup, a race considered to be among the most reliable guides to picking a Melbourne Cup winner.
The winners of the Geelong Cup in 2010 and 2011 - American and Dunaden - each went on to win the Cup that year.