Dwayne Dunn (left) on Excess Knowledge and Damian Lane on Zanteca gallop towards the finishing post in the Lexus Stakes last year.
Dwayne Dunn (left) on Excess Knowledge and Damian Lane on Zanteca gallop towards the finishing post in the Lexus Stakes last year. JULIAN SMITH

Excess Knowledge glad to be back at Flemington

LOCAL knowledge, they say, is a good thing in golf. Adrian Bott, the co-trainer of Melbourne Cup hope Excess Knowledge, is hoping the same is true when it comes to the big race.

One of six entires in the big one at Flemington tomorrow, Excess Knowledge has had four races in this preparation, one of those his second placing behind Almandin in the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at the same track on October 2.

He was only beaten by two lengths that day by a horse now rated as a $17 Cup chance.

Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said yesterday the seven-year-old could defy his $81 odds.

"It's one of the biggest positives with him going into the race - getting back to the Flemington track,” he said. "The tight-turning Moonee Valley track didn't really suit him.

"Back to Flemington, we know he's performed well here previously. His run in the Melbourne Cup (seventh) was huge last year. He's won the Lexus. He really appreciates getting back to this track.”


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