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French duo Dunaden and Americain head weights for Melbourne Cup

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 13:30

Dunaden (r) just got the better of Red Cadeaux in last year's race
Dunaden (r) just got the better of Red Cadeaux in last year's race

French runners Dunaden and Americain share top weight for the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington Park on 6 November.

The pair, trained by Mikael Delzangles and Alain de Royer-Dupre respectively, have won the last two renewals of the Grade One handicap over two miles and have been handed 9st 2lb.

Dermot Weld, who trained Vintage Crop to glory in 1993, has three entries with Ballyroan Stakes winner Galileo's Choice joined by Rite Of Passage and Sapphire.

Aidan O'Brien's I Have A Dream is also engaged.

Local runner Efficient, who won the 2007 Cup,the other previous winner being aimed at this year's race, has been allocated 8st 9lb.

Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux was beaten just a nose last year, the narrowest margin in the history of the race, and has a slight rise in weight this year to 8st 10lb.

Mount Athos who heads most markets for the event is on 8st 7lb. 

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