On my recent visit to the UK I have been reliably informed by one of my confidants that whatever Willie Mullins , the Irish trainer, brings to the Cup, will be hard to beat. He is reputed to be the smartest "money " trainer in Ireland and the U.K. Apparently he took the Bookies to the cleaners at the Chetenham Festival.Last year he trained Max Dynamite to run second in last years Cup only to be beaten by POP, a 100/ chance, Be warned !!!!
Wicklow Brave defeats Order in Irish St Leger
Owner Nick Peacock is relishing the opportunity to have a second crack at the Melbourne Cup following Wicklow Brave's shock victory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday.
"We're now getting sorted for Australia and it is very exciting."
He added: "I don't even want to think about what sort of chance he has at this stage. We're just happy to be going.
"I don't think he'll have another run between now and then.
Peacock's previous Melbourne cup runner, Simenon did have a run in Australia beforehand.
"Wicklow Brave has run a bit later and I don't think he needs to run between now and the Melbourne Cup itself."
THE Irish St Leger did its best to replicate the English equivalent in terms of drama with 1-7 favourite Order Of St George beaten by Wicklow Brave in a stirring renewal.
The market leader, a warm order in the betting and warm order in the race, awash with sweat, looked to be finding for pressure in the straight for Ryan Moore but could not pass the game Wicklow Brave, who made all by half a length under a determined Frankie Dettori for trainer Willie Mullins.
Mullins said: "When I was speaking to Ruby [Walsh] ahead of Westerner Lady's race at Listowel, I asked him had he a minute to talk and discuss what tactics we should use on Wicklow Brave.
"Ruby had ridden him in his last piece of work and he said that he thought we should make the running with him. He was a horse that we were holding up all of his life, and when he came into his races looking like he was going to win, he wouldn't produce what we asked of him.
"Today we said let's make it and see what happens and Frankie was fantastic as he always is."
Paddy Power cut Wicklow Brave to 20-1 (from 33) for the Melbourne Cup, while Ladbrokes go 16-1 (from 25) f
or the feature handicap down under .