Horse-racing: Kiwis leading charge for Melbourne Cup

After making history on the weekend, Kiwi horse trainer Chris Waller now has his eye on next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

While his wondermare "Winx" is on a well-deserved break after securing a fourth cox plate, Waller's hoping another of his stable stars can win the race that stops a nation.

Now Waller is back to business as he casts an eye over his Melbourne Cup hopefuls at Flemington.

Waller has five potential starters for the Cup. His leading hope is "Youngstar", who finished seventh in the Caulfield Cup last start. The four-year-old also ran second to Winx at the Turnbull Stakes last month. 

"She's doing very well, very energetic," said Waller.

"She'll have another gallop Friday or Saturday to ensure she's not too above herself."

Meanwhile, jockey James McDonald is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He attended the launch of the cup carnival after he missed last year's edition due to a ban for betting on his own horse.

"I was watching it from over the fence on the bridge last year, so it's very exciting to be part of it," said McDonald.

This year he's on "Yucatan Ire" -  the hot favourite after it won with ease on Caulfield Cup day

"He's probably the horse to beat, he's got a great turn of foot he stays well and he loves fast ground."


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