Thousands of people are expected to line Swanston Street for the Melbourne Cup parade and watch as thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers strut their stuff ahead of the 2018 race that stops the nation.
Lessons learned a year ago have shaped the Melbourne Cup preparation of international visitor Marmelo for another crack at Australia’s most famous race.
Trained by Hughie Morrison in England, Marmelo ran an eye‑catching sixth in the Caulfield Cup last year in his first Australian appearance but was unable to back that up when he finished ninth as equal favourite in the Melbourne Cup.
This year Morrison has made a conscious decision not to give Marmelo a lead‑up race in Australia before the Melbourne Cup, with the horse going into tomorrow’s race at Flemington having not run since August.
The Melbourne Cup will begin at 5pm tomorrow.
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