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Melbourne Cup Aim For Max Dynamite

Thursday, 16th February 2017

Owner Rich Ricci says Max Dynamite is unlikely to compete at next month's Cheltenham Festival, with the Melbourne Cup in November his ultimate aim this year, reports Sky Sports. The Willie Mullins-trained 7YO, who was beaten just half a length when second to Prince of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, has not raced since finishing tenth in the Gr1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Ricci said the Puchestown Festival at the end of April is a more likely target before embarking on another trip to Australia later in the year. "I'm often asked about him and I'm happy to report that he's fine, back in training and riding out," he said. "It's not certain that he won't get to Cheltenham but it's probably a bit unlikely, and he should be ready for Punchestown on the way towards getting ready for a Flat campaign." He added: "The Melbourne Cup, in which he finished second two years ago, is the ultimate aim. Getting him back to Flemington this winter would be an extraordinary thrill."

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