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Dunaden Melbourne Cup Defence Now Official
Last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden (Nicobar-La Marlia, by Kaldounevees) will be back this year to defend his title, reports AAP Turf after owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's racing manager David Redvers "announced the decision via Twitter on Monday". Preferring another attempt at the Cup over a tilt at the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (where he could possibly have met Frankel) Dunaden will head towards the Melbourne Cup via a start in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup. Following last year's Melbourne Cup victory, Dunaden raced with distinction in Hong Kong where he won the prestigious Gr1 Hong Kong International Vase.