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Jamie Spencer: He’s an outsider but he is a class horse with a light weight

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Jamie Spencer: He’s an outsider but he is a class horse with a light weight

Jamie Spencer: He’s an outsider but he is a class horse with a light weight

4.00am, Melbourne Cup

US Army Ranger

This race is no less competitive than usual and you only have to look at the results in recent years to show that you shouldn’t be in a hurry to rule anything out, as we saw with 100/1 winner Prince Of Penzance two years ago. I know we say it every year but the Europeans do look to have a pretty strong hand, with the likes of Marmelo – who caught everyone’s eye in the Caulfield Cup – Wall of Fire, and Willie’s pair of Max Dynamite and Thomas Hobson among others. But hopefully Joseph has winning chances, too. I can see his St Leger fourth Rekindling running a big race – he is the only 3yo in here, though I am not sure of their record in the race or even how many have tried – but hopefully my mount US Army Ranger will give a good account of himself, too.

Obviously, things haven’t gone to plan for him since his Derby second last year and he doesn’t have a progressive profile coming into the race. But he ran well at Chester and in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot this season, and let’s hope him trying this 2m trip for the first time suits. Clearly, he is one of the outsiders, and he has a bad draw in 22 as well, but he is a class horse with a light weight and he is no forlorn hope if he bounces back to form on his first start for Joseph. But, if I am being honest, last year’s winner Almandin and Humidor are the two stand-outs for me.

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