Marmelo – new favourite for the Cup!

Marmelo – new favourite for the Cup!

Horse name: Marmelo

Age: 5

Sex: Horse

Trainer: Hughie Morrison

Owner: The Fairy Story Partnership

Country: England

Attempt?: Nominated

Our handicap: 54.5kgs

Formline: Prix Kergorlay

Distance Query?: No

Path?: Unclear

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Notes: Marmelo won the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m), beating Red Cardinal in the process by a wide margin. All the focus was on the Andreas Wöhler horse in Red Cardinal given he was the early favourite for the Melbourne Cup and was always heading down under.

Marmelo surprised to win that race and was promptly put on a path for the Melbourne Cup. He’s here now in quarantine.

I like his record – winning the Prix Kergorlay is a great formline, and he did that well, making the running from the front. He was second before that in the Group 2 Maur De Niell (2800m) at Saint-Cloud, and a good fifth in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup (2787m) before that.

He’s only lightly raced with just nine starts, but has only missed a place once in his last eight races. He gets the distance and is in with a good chance.

Hughie Morrison confirmed to us that he is a genuine Cup chance, saying, “He is an intended runner!” and went on to explain that Marmelo’s profile fits the two mile course.

“I would hope, though I really have no previous experience on the race, that his profile as an improving stayer with good speed times over two miles gives him some sort of chance,” said Morrison.

“We will take a closer view when the weights are published. He is a big strong horse with a good attitude.”

Hugh Bowman is going to ride Marmelo and the team are hopeful he will claim the ride which is open to him. Bowman also has an option on Red Cardinal so that decision will be interesting.

Thomas Pirie has travelled out with Marmelo for trainer Hughie Morrison, his first Australian runner.

Slashing run to finish sixth in the Caulfield Cup has boosted him to favourite for the Melbourne Cup. Bowman has decided to stick with him. He’s a real chance.