The Godolphin owned Sky Hunter is the best backed roughie in the betting for today’s Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.
Sky Hunter’s Melbourne Cup price has been virtually halved at Ladbrokes.com.au and after being listed at $67 when markets were put up after the final field was released on Saturday, is now marked as a $34 chance.
Top English rider William Buick takes the ride on Sky Hunter who has some handy form with a win two starts back in Dubai in the Group 2 US$250,000 Dubai City Of Gold (2410m) at Meydan in Dubai on March 7.
Then back home in England the six year old ran second to The Corsican in the Group 3 £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup (1 mile, 3 furlongs, 5 yards) at Newbury on September 19.
Sky Hunter is one of two Godolphin horses to carry the royal blue with the John O’Shea to saddle up the Australian trained Hartnell ($31) with James McDonald to ride.
Sky Hunter had to overcome a minor injury scare last week when he developed a sore hoof but the problem was quickly rectified and his is back to full fitness.
“When the farrier changed his shoe he did have a sore heel, but immediately we found it and by the evening he was fine,” Bin Suroor said
“The next day he was trained as usual, he cantered for three days and today he worked half speed.
“He is back to normal and there is no problem at all with him.”
“I think that we have a good chance. He won a Group 2 in Dubai last time and he was also second in a Group 3 in England.
“The horse is doing good, he travelled really well from England to here and he worked really well.
“He is a tough horse and he is healthy, happy and fresh.
“He is ready to go and we will just need luck as usual.”
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