Cavalryman is set to lead the charge of the European raiders in the race that stops the nation – The Melbourne Cup 2014

Cavalryman may have only finished mid-division when running in the race back in 2012, but looks poised to finish much closer this time. In the form of his career this season the stayer has picked up two group two contests in the UK this summer. Priced at around 20/1 by firms the Bin Suroor eight-year-old has strong claims in the group one race.

Trainer Johnny Murtagh comes to the race with a pair of live chances – Mutual Regard and Royal Diamond. Mutual Regard was agame winner of the Ebor and Royal Diamond was successful in the QIPCO Champions Long Distance Cup in 2013. Mutual Regard’s stands at 8/1 in the market with Royal Diamond an attractive 40/1.

Red Cadeaux’s best chance of taking the prize may have passed, having finished a close second in 2013 and 2011.

The seasoned campaigner Fawkner is probably the strongest of the locally trained horses, with the Japanese Caulfield Cup victor Admire Rakti looking a worthy favourite.


(Featured photograph – Cavalryman winning the Goodwood Cup 2014 by Stuart Rice)