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Moore positive ahead of Melbourne Cup bid

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Jockey Ryan Moore will be bidding for a second victory in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday at Flemington.

VAUBAN. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

Ryan Moore won the 2014 renewal of the Melbourne Cup aboard Protectionist, who was the first German-trained winner of the race.

This year, the British-born jockey rides the Willie Mullins-trained Vauban, who is a worthy favourite for the 'race that stops a nation' after victories in the Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot and the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes.

In an interview with Betfair, Ryan Moore said: "You'd be happy enough with his draw in three, but there are pros and cons to being housed in any stall, so let's focus on what we know. And that is that Vauban looks to hold excellent credentials, second to none, though maybe connections of Gold Trip and Without A Fight, and others, may disagree.

"Whether or not he deserves to be so short in the betting in a 24-runner handicap in which luck in running can be a big factor, I'll let others decide. I only ride them.

"But you'd rather be on a 5-2 favourite than a 50-1 outsider and this 160-rated Grade One-winning hurdler was pretty awesome for me when winning the Copper Horse at Royal Ascot from his stablemate and subsequent Ebor winner Absurde, who also runs here, and he set himself up nicely for this when winning his Group Three at Naas, a race in which I actually rode the third, Peking Opera.

"Obviously, the Ascot win came off a mark of just 101 and this is a far deeper handicap and sterner test for him, but it seems like they are delighted with the way he has travelled and has settled in and here is hoping he can give me my first winner of this race since Protectionist in 2014. My only win in the race, in fact."

Vauban is the current 11/4 favourite for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

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