Melbourne Cup tips: British and Irish runners for showdown at Flemington

TOP TRAINER Aidan O'Brien leads the way for the top runners ahead of the Melbourne Cup.

SunSport have broken down the UK and Ireland's horses running at Flemington.

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O'Brien has the current favourite in Tiger Moth and the third favourite in Anthony Van Dyck.

Tiger Moth – 9/2

O'Brien's ante-post favourite is the chosen one from Ballydoyle
and must hold massive claims after bolting up in Group 3 company when
last seen.

His narrow defeat in the Irish Derby shows he's up to this grade and
he should have no trouble getting this extra distance.

Anthony Van Dyck – 8/2

The former Derby winner was in the doldrums for a while but bounced
back to his best with a Prix Foy win and subsequent close second in
the Caulfield Cup last month.

He has strong claims at his best and he's already demonstrated he goes
well Down Under, so rates another solid contender for maestro Aidan
O'Brien.

Prince Of Arran – 9/1

The standing dish of the Melbourne Cup has run massive races each time
he's taken to the Flemington turf and it would be no surprise to see
another big run.

Charlie Fellowes has primed him for this once again and you can be
sure he'll be there or thereabouts at this favourite track.

Master Of Reality – 16/1

Joseph O'Brien's contender was unlucky to be demoted from second to
fourth in this race last year and certainly has major claims if
producing a similar display.

He warmed up for this with a fine victory in Listed company and is
more than worthy of a place in this line-up.

True Self – 25/1

Star mare was in fine fettle this time last year, finishing second in
the Geelong Cup before landing the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

She's not been the same horse this season but it would be folly to
discount one of Willie Mullins' foreign raiders.

Stratum Albion – 25/1

Better known as Stratum in Britain, Willie Mullins' second runner won
the Cesarewitch last year and bounced back to form at York last time.

Possibly needs a little more but he stays and travels well which will
help him around the tight turns of Flemington.

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Twilight Payment – 33/1

Joseph O'Brien's contender has been in fine form this summer, winning
twice in Group company before running a good race in the Irish St
Leger.

However, he'll need to improve on his 11th place in this last year.

Dashing Willoughby – 50/1

Outsider finished last in the Caulfield Cup and will need a much
better effort now.

However, he started this campaign in fine form and is capable of a
bold show if producing his best.

Pondus – 80/1

Only just lost out in one of the trials for this race at Bendigo and
has certainly improved under Joseph O'Brien's care.

The trip and track will suit and he's no forlorn hope at big odds.

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