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First Melbourne Cup ride for Hollie Doyle

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Hollie Doyle will have her first ride in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday aboard the David Eustace and Ciaron Maher-trained Future History.

Jockey : HOLLIE DOYLE Picture: Pat Healy Photography

Formerly trained in France, Future History was a good second on his Australian debut and followed up with a victory in the Group 2 Bart Cummings Handicap at Flemington, which was a 'win and you're in' qualifier for the 'race that stops the nation'.

Bred by Juddmonte, the five-year-old son of Showcasing remains open to improvement on his fourth start since switching to the Eustace and Maher yard and tries a stamina test for the first time.

Hollie Doyle will be aiming to be the second female jockey to win the race, following Michelle Payne's victory aboard Prince of Penzance in 2015.

"Future History won the Bart Cummings, and it was a win and you're in race. He got in the Cup of 50kg which is very light.

"Peter Trainor [co-owner] has a few horses in England and I rode him a winner earlier in the season for my boss Archie [Watson], so when I woke up and saw he had won the Bart Cummings and knew would have a light weight I just put it out there that I would hopefully be coming to Melbourne and thankfully Peter snapped me up.

"It's great that David Eustace and Ciaron Maher agreed to it.

"It's his first run over two miles and watching his progression it doesn't look like it should be an issue, but you don't know until you try.

"It's a famous race isn't it and one of the biggest Group Ones in the world and the whole world stops to watch it. It [a win] would be very high up on my CV, it's an honour to be here and in the future, I would love to come back out here.

"Tom [Marquand, husband] has been racing down here for a few years and they race a lot tighter than they do at home and their rules are a lot stricter," she added.

"You have to give each other two lengths and you have to give each other a bit more respect in that regard, but because of that, they do race a bit tighter than they do in England. I've ridden all over the world so hopefully I can adapt quickly.

"I've done quite a lot of research into the track and the race, and it seems a unique track, where anything can kind of happen and they can seemingly come from anywhere. It seems quite dependent on pace by the looks of things."

Future History is a 20/1 shot for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

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