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ATC Sires Produce preview

The first day of The Championships at Randwick, not quite so glamorous with the prize purses due to COVID-19, but Group 1s are still the trophies you want on your shelf. The Sires Produce is the traditional merge in form between those coming off the Slipper, and others campaigned more patiently looking for the extra furlong. Either the favourite romps home or it's wide open...


ATC Sires Produce
G1, AU$500k, 1400m
1515 local, 0515 BST

1. Mamaragan - third in the Golden Slipper at just his second race start. Strong form but drew the fence, got a cosy run and the inside was heavily favoured. Probably still the best horse in the race but watch the price. From gate 2 with Nash Rawiller on board, it has the potential to get crunched into a ridiculous price. No shorter than 3.5 for me.

2. Larimer Street - strong win at Moonee Valley (Listed, good, 1200m) last start after always looking to have plenty up his sleeve. Runner-up a fortnight earlier in the VRC Sires Produce…
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The Lexus Melbourne Cup
Group 1, Handicap, 3200m
AUD 7,750,000
Flemington 1500 local, 0400 GMT
Broadcasters - Network 10 (AUS), (worldwide), SkySportsRacing (UK)

1. Cross Counter
Trainer - Charlie Appleby (one previous Cup win)
Jockey - William Buick
Breeding - Teofilo - Waitress
Drawn 5, Weight 57.5kg

Last year's impressive winner who doesn't get the 3yo weight advantage this time. Won first up at Meydan in March but has run fourth, third, fourth in the big set weights staying races in England and Ireland, never quite making it as the next big staying star. While running close behind Stradivar…