Bart Cummings is hoping to win his 13th Melbourne Cup title with German stayer Illo come the $6.2 million race at Flemington on November 1, 2011.
Illo arrived at the Cummings stable two weeks ago from Europe and the trainer feels the horse is in with a big Melbourne Cup winning chance.
“I think we’re in it with a chance,” Cummings said.
“This German horse is getting better all the time. He’s stronger than he looks.
“The way he’s going, I’m quite happy.”
The five-year-old has continued to show promise in his work at Moonee Valley.
“The other horse is a good worker and he (Illo) kept up with him,” he said.
“He’s feeling good, he’s putting on weight and he’s working strongly.
“He’s got to work strongly, or he can’t get two miles.”
Cummings’ only worry is the fact Illo hasn’t ran a race in months, however, all will be revealed when the entire lines up against Americain in this Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup.
“He hasn’t raced for three months, so I’m not sure how he’ll go,” he said.
“The information I got from Germany was to do our own thing, go our own way, use our own methods.”
“If a German horse can win the Arc (in France), maybe a German horse can win the Melbourne Cup,” Cummings added.
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