AJC Derby winner Nom Du Jeu has the right credentials to win today’s Melbourne Cup. Picture: GETTY IMAGESAn overseas raider will win the Melbourne Cup but the journey for Nom Du Jeu was a couple of hours rather than a couple of days.The talk has been of European domination but friendlier fire from the AJC Australian Derby winner should give New Zealand its first Melbourne Cup victory since Ethereal in 2001.Nom Du Jeu has had a faultless preparation, even though he hasn’t been winning, with the Melbourne Cup his fifth run this campaign.He charged home late to be placed in the two main weight-for-age races at home before heading to Australia for the Caulfield Cup.The second in the Stoney Bridge and third in the Kelt Capital held him in good stead when he flew home from last to beat all but All The Good at Caulfield.”He is on a little bit of an upward profile and I think he will improve again on Tuesday,” assistant trainer Bjorn Baker warned.”He has been working well and we are very happy.”The Melbourne Cup is about having all bases covered and the perfect preparation can all be for nothing if the horse doesn’t stay.Every year jockeys come back with the same story “it didn’t see out the trip” but even though Nom Du Jeu hasn’t raced over two miles his breeding indicates it will not be a problem.His father Montjeu was a champion. As a three-year-old, he won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Irish Derby and the Prix du Jockey Club and he was voted the Three-Year-Old European Champion Colt and World Champion.He went on the following year to win the Champion older horse in Europe with Group One wins in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Tattersalls Gold Cup, and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.Now his sons are winning derbies around the world, Nom Du Jeu in Sydney, Motivator (2005) and Authorized (2007) at Epsom in the English Derby and Frozen Fire in this year’s Irish Derby. Montjeu has also produced Hurricane Run, the World Champion in 2005.Nom Du Jeu’s mother Prized Gem won the 2002 Brisbane Cup, when it was run over 3200m, and New Zealand’s biggest race, the Kelt Capital Stakes and ran 14th in the 2002 Melbourne Cup, which was her final run.”The one thing we know (is) he should stay on pedigree,” Baker said.Looking for dangers amongst the Europeans is the place to start and with rain around in Melbourne there is no use going past the topweight Septimus.He has won his past four on end and grows a leg when the track is wet. He is the best stayer in Europe.Irish master trainer Aidan O’Brien has got serious this year and, while Septimus leads the team, Honolulu and Alessandro Volta are able lieutenants.Honolulu is a dour stayer and will run a good race but Alessandro Volta, a three-year-old in Europe, could be the Mahler from last year and bob for a place. Luca Cumani trains favourite Mad Rush, who could be suspect at the trip, and Bauer, his second stringer, who won the Geelong Cup, is also a place chance.Two-time Cup winning trainer Dermot Weld has brought Profound Beauty but she needs a dry track to show her best, while the best of the Australians are down the bottom of the field in Barbaricus and Moatize. They produced the two best runs on Derby day and could provide a surprise.
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