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Comerford is loath to split the stable’s two Melbourne Cup runners

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s travelling foreman T J Comerford is loath to split the stable’s two Melbourne Cup runners as the $8 million race at Flemington draws closer. 

Comerford has been coming to Australia over a long period with O’Brien’s horses and believes he has a handle on what is required to win, although the closest the team has got to Melbourne Cup glory was with Johannes Vermeer, second to Rekindling in 2017. 

Rekindling was prepared by O’Brien’s son Joseph and this year Comerford is pinning his hopes with Caulfield Cup runner-up Anthony Van Dyck and the least experienced runner in Tuesday’s field Tiger Moth. 

Before Saturday’s all-important barrier draw, Comerford said the pair are in top order for the 3200m race. 

“I wouldn’t like to be picking one. I would be asking for first and second,” Comerford said. 

Listen below to Comerford discuss the Melbourne Cup chances of Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) and Tiger Moth (IRE):

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