Septimus Champion European stayer which comes into this on the back of a 13-length romp in the Irish St Leger – an effort which, remarkably, didn’t manage to attract a weight penalty. Has settled in to the Sandown quarantine station well and couldn’t have impressed more in his final serious gallop last Friday. Master O’Reilly Started a heavily-backed favourite in this race last year following a Caulfield Cup victory. Trained specifically for this race this year and his trainer, Danny O’Brien, is a respected conditioner, especially when producing a horse at his home track. Honolulu Stablemate of favourite Septimus and has been working well with that more fancied runner in the past couple of weeks. Speculation is that he is here as a pacemaker, but has the credentials back home to be considered a chance here if things go his way. C’est La Guerre If Nom Du Jeu is a chance then surely this Lloyd Williams purchase fits the same category. He gave that horse a towelling when winning the New Zealand Derby last season. Offers good value at big odds. Nom Du Jeu The hope of the side for the Australasian brigade in its bid to repel the challenge of some well-performed internationals. Was aimed at this race after winning the AJC Australian Derby. Since resuming, he has not put a foot wrong. Zipping Respected owner Lloyd Williams choreographed the winning preparation of stablemate Efficient in this race 12 months ago and history has a habit of repeating. While this bloke has finished fourth in two Melbourne Cups, he is still going to go out big odds today. Dismiss at your peril. Mad Rush Stablemate of Geelong Cup winner Bauer and was unlucky when a flashing fourth to All The Good in the Caulfield Cup. The way he hit the line at Caulfield served notice that the step up to the 3200m is right up his alley and has champion jockey Damien Oliver taking the ride. Ice Chariot Proven performer over staying distances. Won the Queensland Derby as a three-year-old and has won over this trip. Caught the eye when making good late ground for a fifth in the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday. Viewed Poked home well late in the Caulfield Cup when mid-field then didn’t have a lot go his way in the Mackinnon. One big thing in his favour is trainer JB Cummings, who has won this race 11 times. Littorio Placed in the Victoria Derby last spring then filled the minor spot behind Nom Du Jeu and Red Ruler in the AJC Australian Derby of the autumn. Had been a perennial placegetter until an emphatic Turnbull Stakes victory which had it storm into cups favouritism.Was not disgraced when fifth in the Caulfield Cup. Bauer Part of UK trainer Luca Cumani’s two-pronged attack on this race. Showed he has settled in well with a dominant Geelong Cup win. Boundless Was a good thing beaten in the AJC Australian Oaks earlier this year, when travelled wide without cover but kept fighting to the line. In the same care as former champion mare Sunline, so the team certainly knows how to win a big race. Gallopin One of three Danny O’Brien-trained runners in the race and has struck form at the right time. Was not suited by the wet but still ran well when fourth in The Metropolitan at Randwick then came back home to Melbourne to score a strong Moonee Valley Cup win. The trip should suit. Guyno West Australian which was far from disgraced when beaten three lengths by Bauer when fifth in the Geelong Cup. He was close up when unplaced in the Bart Cummings at Flemington before that. He is in this race by virtue of a WA Derby victory last year. Newport Won the Brisbane Cup last year and has returned to form this spring, carting off The Metropolitan at Randwick in impressive fashion. Rain arrived in Melbourne on Sunday night and if it continues, he comes right into the mix. Profound Beauty Lightly raced five-year-old daughter of deceased super sire Danehill. Her work has been super at Sandown and Glen Boss takes the ride having already won three Melbourne Cups. Her trainer, Dermot Weld, is another huge asset. He has previously brought Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002) here to win this race. Red Lord Has been in training a while this campaign, so fitness is not going to be an issue. Has not been disgraced since arriving in Melbourne, being beaten three lengths at Caulfield and then again at Moonee Valley behind Gallopin. Is adept at running a distance. Varevees French-trained mare which doesn’t have the most inspiring recent form but has been working well enough at Sandown and has the services of local rider Craig Williams. Her latest win was more than a year ago back home – but it was over 3100m, so she’ll run out the trip. Prize Lady New Zealand-trained mare which was a last-start flop at Tauranga but before that was beaten only 3.2 lengths in the Kelt Capital, a race in which Nom Du Jeu and Boundless performed well. While her form is up and down these days, she is a two-time winner of the Auckland Cup and it is also run over 3200m. Alessandro Volta Completes the Ballydoyle team of champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, who is a world-class performer. Is said to be here as the pacemaker to make sure the race is run at a true tempo. Was beaten by both stablemates in their final gallop last Friday but despite being the lesser performed of the trio, stranger things have happened with stable outsiders in this race. Barbaricus Has really come of age in his past two starts since stepping up in grade. Snuck into the Caulfield Cup after originally being named as an emergency and held on well for third. Followed that up with a second in the Mackinnon Stakes at the weekend. You won’t miss this grey, which will be up on the pace – and he may well take a bit of beating. Moatize Has promised plenty in his career and is now starting to put it all together. Followed a second to Bauer in the Geelong Cup with a last-stride Saab Quality win which qualified him for this race. Another in the care of JB Cummings, which has to be good for his chances.

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