Monarch and Racehorse Owner to Compete in Prestigious Race
King Charles and self-proclaimed 'maddest f***er on the planet' Rich Ricci are gearing up for an epic £2million showdown in the highly anticipated Melbourne Cup. Ricci, a prominent figure in horse racing, is no stranger to big wins and could soon add one of the biggest prizes in racing to his collection.
A Trip Down Under for Desert Hero
Following a third-place finish in the St Leger, the late Queen's horse, Desert Hero, could possibly make a trip Down Under. Trainer William Haggas has suggested that the three-year-old stayer may be entered into the Melbourne Cup.
Vauban's Impressive Form
Accompanying Ricci on his journey to Australia will be his former Cheltenham Festival Triumph Hurdle winner, Vauban. With notable wins under his belt, including a seven-length victory at Royal Ascot, Vauban is now a top contender in the Melbourne Cup.
Revenge and the Coveted Prize
Ricci and trainer Willie Mullins have come close to winning the Melbourne Cup before, but have never secured first place. With a £2.3million prize at stake, both are eager to claim victory and not just for the money, but for the prestige of winning Australia's biggest race.
King and Queen's Hopes
The King and Queen have expressed a strong desire to see Desert Hero compete in the Melbourne Cup. With odds as low as 7-1 following the horse's impressive performance at Doncaster, hopes are high for a win. Vauban, however, remains the favorite with odds of 7-2.
Will Ryan Moore Ride Vauban?
There is speculation surrounding Ryan Moore, arguably one of the world's best jockeys, and whether he will ride Vauban in the Melbourne Cup. Trainer Aidan O'Brien typically has first choice, but it is looking unlikely that he will enter either Broome or Tower Of London, leaving the door open for Moore.
An Early Alarm for an All-Time Classic
The Melbourne Cup will take place at 4am UK time on November 7. Despite the early hour, this race is anticipated to be an all-time classic, and fans won't want to miss it.
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