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Horse Racing Tips: Graeme Rodway's Melbourne Cup tips

The Melbourne Cup, the race that stops the nation, takes place at Flemington in the early hours of Tuesday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets for one of the feature races in the international calendar.

4.00 Flemington, Tuesday

Vow And Declare @ 25/1

1pt each-way

4.00 Flemington, Tuesday

Interpretation @ 60/1

1pt each-way

Vow And Declare looks set to fulfil his promise

The Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington is likely to go for export if the betting is to be believed because the first two in the market represent British trainers from Newmarket.

James Ferguson sends the red-hot favourite Deauville Legend and the progressive three-year-old looks like the right market leader following his Great Voltigeur win.

Deauville Legend ran away with that Group 2 event at York by two and three-quarter lengths and recorded a big career-best Racing Post Rating of 118. A reproduction of that form might be good enough for him to win this off just 8st 9lb and he still looks open to further progress.

However, the market hasn't missed him or the other British raider Without A Fight, who represents Simon and Ed Crisford and the champion jockey William Buick is booked to ride.

Without A Fight has strong form, but his last five wins have come in single-figure fields and this represents a different challenge for the son of Teofilo. I'm not sure that he will be up to it.

Maybe the Aussies can keep the prize at home and the best of their team could be Vow And Declare, who won this race three years ago and saves most of his best form for Flemington.

Vow And Declare proved that the case when third in the Sally Chirnside and he was beaten only a length and a quarter into fifth in the Bart Cummings at this track in early October.

This race will surely have been the ultimate aim and Vow And Declare proved he is peaking at the right time when keeping on well to finish only two lengths behind in sixth in the Caulfield Cup last time. He was strong at the finish and that should put him spot on for this.

The evergreen seven-year-old is refinding his form and can land a second Cup success.

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Interpretation makes each-way appeal

There will be 24 runners going to post and it's well worth having another horse on our side. An each-way bet on Interpretation makes plenty of appeal, especially at the big odds on offer.

Interpretation had high-class form when trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland last season, the pick of it being a fourth in the St Leger behind top-class pair Hurricane Lane and Mojo Star.

He wound up his career for O'Brien by finishing fourth in a Longchamp Group 2 in October and, while he has yet to repeat that level in Australia, he is surely better than he has shown.

Interpretation has been a beaten favourite on two occasions for new trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, but he lost out by only a length when third in the Bart Cummings - two places ahead of Vow And Declare - and he shaped well when midfield at Geelong last time.

He was beaten four and a quarter lengths in that Geelong Cup, but recorded his highest RPR since leaving Ireland and might just be coming to hand at the right time for this contest, which will surely have been the long-term aim for his training partners since he joined the yard.

I expect Interpretation to take another step forward and he is no forlorn hope off just 7st 12lb.

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