Melbourne Cup Day rail moved out to 2m

By: Mark Mazzaglia
November 1st, 2015

Flemington track manager Mick Goodie has moved the rail out to the 2m position for Melbourne Cup Day ten race program on Tuesday in an attempt to overcome the blatant track bias that was apparent on Derby Day on Saturday.

Excess Knowledge won the Lexus Stakes on Saturday and is backing up in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday. Photo by Steve Hart.

Excess Knowledge won the Lexus Stakes on Saturday and is backing up in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday. Photo by Steve Hart.

The rail was in the true position on Saturday with most winners sticking as close as possible to the inside fence which once again had criticism coming from all quarters.

A couple of showers early on Saturday morning left the inside ground the better going with the outside section becoming doughy said Goodie.

“It played a bit to the fence, which is probably a bit of an understatement,” Goodie told Racing.com’s Correct Weight.

“I think all week I expected it to play to the inside, but nothing to the degree that it did race.

“There was just a little bit of wear from the gallops out there and when we got that 9mm of rain yesterday morning it just sat on the top and the track became very doughy.

“It was just that inside three or four metres that probably took the water a bit better than the rest.”

“I’ve moved it out 2m because if I leave it there and we don’t get any rain, I think the general thought pattern would be that the inside would be the best place to be again,” he said.

“So I kind of want to alleviate that so that everyone gets there with a fresh mind and a fresh start and not worry about where they have to be.”

The Gai Waterhouse trained Excess Knowledge won the Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Saturday to gain entry into the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) and his winning effort was a prime example of the jockeys looking to get back to the inside fence.

While Excess Knowledge was caught wide for most of the trip, winning jockey Dwayne Dunn allowed the six year old to drift back to the inside fence down the straight and this almost cost him the race.

Runner up Zanteca’s rider Damian Lane had saved plenty of ground along the inside and was almost squeezed out by Excess Knowledge around the 200m mark which encouraged Lane to fire in a protest against Dunn after there was only a nose margin on the line.

But after a long deliberation, Racing Victoria Stewards throw out the objection, saying that Zantaca had plenty of time to run down the winner.

The forecast for Melbourne leading up to Tuesday is for more showers and if they arrive and the track is rain affected, the betting market for the Melbourne Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au could get a substantial reshuffle.

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Ruling favourite Japanese stayer Fame Game has no wet track form and a downgrade of the track could see his price drift out from his current quote of $4 while $9 second favourite English raider Trip To Paris has had one win on a soft track and local Australia hope Criterion, $14, is a nob in the wet.

Melbourne Cup market order with Ladbrokes.com.au: $4 Fame Game, $9 Trip To Paris,  $10 Preferment, $14 Max Dynamite, Criterion,  $16 Almoonqith, $19 The United States, $21 Who Shot Thebarman, Bondi Beach, Our Ivanhowe, $26 Excess Knowledge, Red Cadeuax, Kingfisher,$31 Hartnell, Hokko Brave, $34 Grand Marshall, Gust Of Wind, $41 Snow Sky, The Offer, Sky Hunter, $51 Big Orange, $81 Prince Of Penzance, $101 Quest For More, $201 Sertorius.

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