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Melbourne has begun celebrations for Melbourne Cup number 150, as So You Think emerges as clear


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: One of Australia's iconic sporting events is on tomorrow and a firm
favourite has emerged for the Melbourne Cup.

So You Think is the horse experts and punters believe will win, while Maluckyday is second

There was a festive mood in Melbourne today as race-lovers prepared for the running of the 150th
Melbourne Cup with the annual Cup eve parade. Guy Stayner reports.

GUY STAYNER, REPORTER: Every year is special, but rarely has a Melbourne Cup had the fanfare of the
150th. And it's largely because So You Think has been prematurely compared to a legend.

STEVEN ARNOLD, JOCKEY, SO YOU THINK: He's pretty good. He's won two Cox Plates after 10 runs, so
he's pretty good.

GUY STAYNER: And Phar Lap is the only horse to win two Cox Plates and a Melbourne Cup.

REG FLEMING, FOREMAN, SO YOU THINK: Yeah, Bart'll be there, mate. Don't worry it; he'll be there.

GUY STAYNER: Saintly has long been considered Cummings's favourite horse.

PARADE PARTICIPANT: Well the stables are named after him, so, yeah, he takes pride of place, I

GUY STAYNER: Now a new kid's on the block.

VOX POP: I don't think they brought the So You Think caps out, but I'll be buying one.

GUY STAYNER: Last year's winner, Shocking, has to overcome barrier 24.

MICHAEL RODD, JOCKEY, SHOCKING: Poses a few problems, but it's a long way up the straight to the
first turn, so I'll use the whole straight and hopefully we can slot in just behind mid-field

MARK KAVANAGH, TRAINER, SHOCKING: And I believe that he's in front of where he was last year goin'
into the Cup.

GUY STAYNER: Is that gonna be good enough to finish ahead of So You Think?

MARK KAVANAGH: Let's hope so.

GUY STAYNER: Descarado is chasing the Cup's double.

NASH RAWILLER, JOCKEY, DESCARDO: This bloke, he'll stay all day. You know, he's got a real stayin'
pedigree. He's a, you know, massive chance to win it.

GUY STAYNER: 2008 runner-up Bauer will have to pass a vet's inspection in the morning after
suffering a bruised hoof.

LUCA CUMANI, TRAINER, BAUER: So it's a question of whether the bruising will come out of the heel
in time for tomorrow or not.

GUY STAYNER: The weekend rain has closed the centre carpark. The track is currently rated slow, but
could be upgraded to dead for the Cup. Regardless of the rating, one horse is on everyone's lips.

?: And Luka.

LUKA: I think So You Think. What do you think?

GUY STAYNER: It's a universal thought.

Guy Stayner, Lateline.