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Dettori to ride 2016 Melbourne winner

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride last year's winner Almandin as the jockey seeks a first Melbourne Cup win.

Damien Oliver had been lined up for the mount but has lost an appeal against a suspension for improper riding.

Kerrin McEvoy, who rode the horse to victory in 2016, is due to partner Red Cardinal on November 7.

Almandin, trained in Australia by Robert Hickmott, has run twice since his Melbourne Cup win, finishing first and fourth in those races.

The seven-year-old gelding is rated about 6-1 favourite with British bookmakers to successfully defend his title.

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