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Moon ready for Melbourne prep

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 16:01

Kerrin McEvoy in action at the Melbourne Cup
Kerrin McEvoy in action at the Melbourne Cup

Purple Moon is set to face a maximum field of 17 rivals in Saturday's Caulfield Cup in Australia.

Luca Cumani's four-year-old is due to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy in his prep run for the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Last seen winning the Ebor at York, Purple Moon will be up against a number of possible Melbourne rivals, including recent Yalumba Stakes winner Maldivian and the Danny O'Brien-trained Master O'Reilly.

Cumani's wife, Sarah, is supervising Purple Moon's Cup campaign and is wary of the threat posed by the Mark Kavanagh-trained Maldivian after his victory over star filly Miss Finland.

'Obviously, we will have to try and keep Maldivian in our sights all the way,' she explained.

'Purple Moon is starting very full of himself, which is always a good sign, and our experience of travelling horses is that it takes 10 or 12 days for them to really settle in, particularly after such a long trip.'

David Hayes has declared four for the Caulfield Cup with ex-British runners Tawqeet and Blue Monday making the line-up along with Anamato. Molotov is one of two reserves.

Maybe Better and Eskimo Queen are also prominent in the Melbourne Cup betting and they too take their chances at Caulfield.

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