Two Melbourne Cup runners - fingers crossed!

Oct 29, 2012

by Andrew Eddy, The Age...

Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent said he was most likely to pay up today for Unusual Suspect (27th) and French galloper Tac De Boistron (23rd).

Kent said French star Christophe Soumillon would take his first Melbourne Cup ride on Tac De Boistron, which he claims has thrived since his unplaced run in the Geelong Cup last Wednesday.

A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding revealed he had sustained abrasions to both front bumpers.

''He's really pleased me since then and he's put on five kilograms since the race, so he's building up well,'' Kent said.

''The trick with him is a wet track, so we'll just be praying for rain late in the

Unusual Suspect (pictured) loomed up out wide in Saturday's Moonee Valley Cup, but faded in the run home to finish fifth in what was an encouraging run for his trainer.

''He jarred up terribly at Caulfield [in the Naturalism] and it just took him ages to get over it, and that showed on Saturday, as he clearly needed that run,'' Kent said.