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Wicklow Brave Looking Good For Cup
The Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave has continued his impressive build-up to Tuesday week's Melbourne Cup galloping two laps of the polytrack at Werribee yesterday morning. Fourth with Simenon in 2013 and runner-up with Max Dynamite last year, Mullins will be hoping Wicklow Brave (Beat Hollow-Moraine, by Rainbow Quest) can provide him with a maiden win in Australia's most famous race. Wicklow Brave brings some top form lines into the Melbourne Cup having defeated the highly regarded Order Of St George in the Gr1 Irish St Leger (2800m) at The Curragh on 11 September. Order Of St George has since franked that form finishing third behind stable-mate Found in Europe's greatest race, the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in France earlier this month. "He seems very good around the yard, I've been very happy with the work he's been doing and he's doing everything we ask of him very well," Wicklow Brave's track rider David Casey told racing.com. "He's a horse that tends to run well fresh, he's done that in the past and the form out of his last couple of runs is holding up well. We finished behind Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup but we're hoping that we have him a couple of lengths better than when we had him going into Goodwood." He added: "If we can do that, then considering that Big Orange ran so well in the race last year, then we'd hope we can be competitive." Wicklow Brave is on the seventh line of betting for the Melbourne Cup at $17.