Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Miles Make a Cup Winner: Bart's Rule

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Miles Make a Cup Winner: Bart's Rule

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Byline: HARPO'S MARKS

BEFORE this nonsense about imported horses a some outstanding, most hacks a taking half the available berths for the Melbourne Cup, Bart Cummings had a tried and true regimen in getting a stayer ready for the Great Race.

That was to put plenty of miles into their legs in their lead-up races.

The Master, ever mindful that he couldn't overload a horse as it progressed through its Melbourne Cup campaign, maintained that his horses had to go into the barriers on the first Tuesday of November with aarounda 10,000 metres under their girth belts.

That obviously doesn't apply to the European visitors who are trained entirely differently. They don't use races to get their horses fit, but give them plenty of long work over the hills and dales of their magnificent training courses back in Ireland, France and England.

Take the two French horses Americain and Dunaden, the two top picks in the betting. Americain won first-up over 2500m at Deauville on August 2, disappointed over 3000m there on August 21 and then had two months off before thrashing them in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on October 22.

Dunaden was nearly as impressive in coming from last to win the Geelong Cup over 2400m on October 19.

The six-year-old entire had his first outing since May when finishing down the track over 3000m at Deauville on August 21 before coming to Australia and belting them at Geelong.

I think that pair are the ones to beat tomorrow but I'm also throwing in Moyenne Corniche which, as I wrote last week, is carrying my hard-earned at 40/1.

I was a bit disappointed that Brian Ellison pulled him out of The Lexus (2500m) at Flemington last Saturday but I've learned since that his astute trainer was desperately keen not to run him as he had him just about cherry-ripe for today.

It looked as though Moyenne Corniche needed to win The Lexus to ensure a place in the Cup but Ellison did his homework early on Saturday morning and discovered the horse would sneak into the field so he pulled him out.

That's a pretty good tip in my book!

Anyway, let's get back to Bart and his tried and true Cup-winning method. …

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