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Almandin jockey looking to break jinx

November 6, 2017 10:21 pm

Superstar jockey Frankie Dettori hopes he can finally break his Melbourne Cup hoodoo.

The Italian rider has returned for his 16th attempt at Australia’s most famous race in 24 years.

Dettori rides defending Cup champion Almandin for owner, and the jockey’s good friend, Lloyd Williams who has won the race a record five times.

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Dettori has ridden the winners of most of the world’s greatest races, but the closest he has come to claiming the Melbourne Cup was his second on Max Dynamite in 2015.

The 46-year-old won Europe’s biggest race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, for a record fifth time a month ago.

He picked up the ride on Almandin following three-time Cup winner Damien Oliver’s suspension.

The Melbourne Cup race begins at 5pm today and you can watch it live on FBC TV.

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