Melbourne Cup glory beckons for Mullins with Max Dynamite
Irish racing's top champion trainers will tomorrow morning strive to enhance their stunning international pedigrees with a three-pronged assault on the Melbourne Cup.
Aidan O'Brien relies on Bondi Beach and Kingfisher in the famous two-mile handicap.
Mullins teams up with Frankie Dettori who partners Max Dynamite in the quest to emulate Dermot Weld's previous heroics in the race that stops a nation. Both Mullins and O'Brien have had horses previously run well in the $6m Grade One, so they return with a decent idea of what's required.
Last year's irrepressible winning rider Ryan Moore is on Michael Stoute's top-weighted Snow Sky, which didn't run badly when fourth in the Caulfield Cup, a race in which Ed Dunlop's Trip To Paris finished second.
Dunlop's redoubtable three-time runner-up Red Cadeaux also returns to Flemington and Michael Bell's Jamie Spencer-ridden Big Orange runs too, so the English team is strong.
O'Brien's St Leger runner-up Bondi Beach has solid form, but no three-year-old has won this since 1941, so he faces an enormous task.
Kingfisher, with Colm O'Donoghue up, has a less obvious chance. He hasn't been firing recently, but if he runs to the level that saw him chase Trip To Paris home in the Gold Cup at Ascot, he will be in with a shout.
With the ground expected to ride on the slow side, Max Dynamite might be the pick of the Irish challenge.
In two Flat starts for Mullins, he has been second in the Northumberland Plate and won the Lonsdale Cup. At York, he had Clever Cookie and Trip To Paris behind.
Today, Max Dynamite looks reasonably treated off 8st 9lb and he has a lovely draw in stall two.
A proven stayer with a touch of class, he has the scope to do better, so he is fancied to make a fair fist of further enhancing Mullins' global exploits under Dettori.