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French pair head Caulfield runners

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 10:58 | Comments

Stephanie Nigge rides Americain during trackwork at Werribee Racecourse
Stephanie Nigge rides Americain during trackwork at Werribee Racecourse

French raiders Dunaden and Americain head the field for Saturday's BMW Caulfield Cup in Australia.

The pair, winners of the Melbourne Cup in 2011 and 2010 respectively, share top weight of 58kg (9st 2lb) in the world's richest mile-and-a-half handicap.

Luca Cumani's Quest For Peace, who runs with the prefix 'My' in Australia, also takes his chance along with the Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry.

Cumani's wife Sara is overseeing the four-year-old's preparations for the weekend and watched him canter over six furlongs with stablemate Mount Athos on Tuesday.

She told Racing Victoria: "He's working nicely. He's here for the Melbourne Cup but if we can pick up the Caulfield Cup that would be great."

The John Gosden-trained Gatewood and Cumani's second-string Ibicenco are the second and third reserves.

Ex-Sir Henry Cecil-trained runner Glencadam Gold is likely to start favourite for new handler Gai Waterhouse following his recent Group One success at Randwick.

The draw for the Caulfield Cup will be made on Wednesday.

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