Moore expecting big run from Mount Athos in Emirates Melbourne Cup

Last Updated: 05/11/12 10:39am

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Ryan Moore: Believes the Europeans will dominate

Ryan Moore: Believes the Europeans will dominate

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Ryan Moore believes he could have a triumphant first ride in the Emirates Melbourne Cup when he teams up with Mount Athos for Luca Cumani at Flemington on Tuesday.

The Newmarket handler has gone close in the past with the likes of Bauer and Purple Moon, and Moore is convinced Mount Athos has the ideal profile.

"I know what I have to do and in Mount Athos, I have a horse that I wouldn't swap for any other," he told www.betfair.com.

"He stays well, as a Chester Cup fourth and a Cesarewitch fourth underlines, but to win this race you need a horse with a turn of foot. And Mount Athos certainly has that.

"Luca knows what it takes to prepare a horse for this race, and Mount Athos comes here with excellent credentials after showing himself a much improved horse after joining his stable at the start of the season, with this race very much in mind.

"He was very impressive in winning at York two starts ago, travelling well and quickening up like a good horse, and then took the step up to Group company in his stride when winning at Newbury last time.

"That was the first time I rode him and I was suitably impressed. Now, the form of that race hasn't worked out at all well but he won it with ease and gave me the feel of a high-class horse.

"The draw in eight is fine, and I have a good racing weight. As a well-handicapped, improving horse, proven on good and fast ground, I have every right to be hopeful.

"But this is undoubtedly one of the best Melbourne Cups I have seen in a long time, and the European horses look set to dominate."

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