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Cavalry set for Melbourne charge

Fri, 02 November 2012

Saeed bin Suroor believes Cavalryman is getting into the shape to make a serious impression in the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

The Godolphin trainer has been a regular Australian visitor at this time of year, and jetted in on Thursday night in order to inspect both possible Cup runners.

While Lost In The Moment may have to settle with a consolation start next week if he misses the cut, Frankie Dettori will have one of his final big-race rides for Godolphin before he goes freelance next season.

Cavalryman used to take in important middle-distance events before he showed ability as a potential stayer with a Listed victory at Sandown in July.

Bin Suroor said: "The way he won the two-mile race and showed he stayed the trip, it gave us confidence to send him here. Last year's winner (Dunaden) is the horse to beat but Cavalryman has improved and he will run a huge race."

Referring to Dettori's possible final Godolphin appearance, Bin Suroor said: "To see him win the Cup would be great. I wish him the best of luck."

Lost In The Moment was sixth a year ago but the trainer is pleased with the condition of Kerrin McEvoy's possible mount.

Bin Suroor said: "He has improved since last year. He was a bit skinny but this year has gained some weight, he is much better and his form is better."

Another recent arrival has been Ed Dunlop, who watched last year's narrow runner-up Red Cadeaux complete his final piece of work over a mile of the Werribee quarantine track.

"He wasn't out to do a lot and I'm rather pleased with him," Dunlop said.