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The Werribee crowd fell short of expectations as four international raiders failed to place in the Melbourne Cup.
$4.40 favorite Deauville Legend, who was easy in the market at $3.60 overnight, was the best of those flown in from Great Britain for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington, finishing fourth, five lengths from winner Gold Trip ,
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Hoo Ya Mal ($13) was next home in 12th, just ahead of Without A Fight ($12), while Camorra ($41) was the last runner to officially cross the line.
Deauville Legend trainer James Ferguson said the gelding ran a solid race.
“It would have been a different story if the (track) wasn’t so soft,” Ferguson said.
“He was given a lovely ride, but like I said, he just couldn’t handle the ground.
Hoo Ya Mal will remain in Australia with Waterhouse and Bott and will be sent on hiatus.
Waterhouse said Hoo Ya Mal will be a more mature galloper when he returns to Flemington for next year’s Cup.
“He was in a vise and never saw the light of day. His chances were gone long before the straight, but that’s racing,” said Waterhouse.
“He’ll take a break and come back next year when he’s more mature.”
Ed Crisford said Without A Fight is not at home on soft ground.
“He jumped well and got in a good position, but William (Buick) just said he hates the ground,” Crisford said.
“It’s soft in there, it’s softer than we expected it to be.
“He had a good trip, he just made a quick stop in that country. Needs fast land, his best form is fast. He ran a good race but stopped quickly.”
Ben Hayes, who trains Camorra in partnership with his brother JD, said the gelding will undergo a thorough vet check.
Camorra, who remains in Australia, finished at the tail end of the race after being defeated far from home.
“He turned up the volume. We’ve been following him, he’s clean,” Hayes said.
“When they drop that piece like that, that far, there’s something hidden about it.
“We’ll go after him over the next 48 hours to see if anything is obvious, but at this stage it looks like he didn’t like the track.”
“Ben Melham was unable to provide any apologies so we will try to resolve this over the next 48 hours.
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