MELBOURNE CUP: Our 'Bart Cummings' gives his race tips

MELBOURNE CUP: Our 'Bart Cummings' gives his race tips”

"Who has had about 20 goes at this race and still hasn't won it but this is probably going to be his best chance".

He said it's a notoriously hard race to predict.

Local businessman Lloyd Williams, who captured a record fifth Cup win as an owner when Kerrin McEvoy rode gelding Almandin to victory in a sprint previous year, was quick to swoop on Dettori as a replacement.

Dettori has ridden the winners of most of the world's greatest races, but the closest he has come to claiming the Melbourne Cup was his second on Max Dynamite in 2015.

Cup day is the one time of the year where friends of a Toowoomba man call on his horse racing expertise - and it's all because of his name.

"It would mean a lot to break this hoodoo".

NewstalkZB will have the Melbourne Cup live from Flemington at 5 this afternoon.

The 46-year-old won Europe's biggest race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for a record fifth time a month ago.

Long shots have often raced away with the prize, including Prince of Penzance, which defied 100-1 odds in the 2015 running and made jockey Michelle Payne the first woman to ride a Cup victor.

His construction boss mate Phil Mehrten has stakes in seven Cup horses; all of Williams' horses bar Gallante as well as Marmelo and Wall of Fire.

The Darren Weir-trained Humidor, who chased Winx home in the Cox Plate, is at $10 alongside Johannes Vermeer, third in the Caulfield Cup for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien and co-owner Williams.

Almandin will be up against a record-equalling 11 European horses in the 24-strong field intent on emulating Vintage Crop (1993), Media Puzzle (2002), Delta Blues (2006), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) as overseas winners.

Whether Dettori gets to show off his trademark flying dismount a few minutes after 3pm on Tuesday remains to be seen.

Almandin could become the first horse since Makybe Diva to win back-to-back.

"The star jump is the easy part", he said.

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