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Dunaden Melb Cup Favourite But Likely To Target Arc
Following his eye-catching finishing burst to snatch runner-up (after overcoming significant trouble in the straight) in the weekend's UK Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes (12 furlongs) at Royal Ascot, last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup-winning 6YO entire Dunaden (Nicobar-La Marlia, by Kaldounevees) has jumped to the top of early betting markets for this year's Melbourne renewal. However his trainer Mikel Delzangles indicated Dunaden is likely to now be aimed at next month's UK Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (at Ascot on July 21) most probably followed by an ultimate goal this year in France's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October (rather than another trip to Melbourne).