sport news O'Brien pair Anthony Van Dyck and Tiger Moth are first and second favourites ...

Aidan O'Brien stars Anthony Van Dyck and Tiger Moth are first and second favourites for the Melbourne Cup at Flemington  There are eight European-trained horses in the 24-runner line-up  Anthony Van Dyck, who won last year's Derby, is a 7-1 shot with Ladbrokes Sharing favouritism at 13-2 is Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth and Sir Dragonet

By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:55 GMT, 1 November 2020 | Updated: 22:55 GMT, 1 November 2020

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Aidan O'Brien-trained horses past and present dominate the betting for the Melbourne Cup which will be run behind-closed-doors at Flemington racecourse in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Anthony Van Dyck, who won last year's Derby, is a 7-1 shot with Ladbrokes after being beaten a head by Verry Elleegant in last month's Caulfield Cup.

But sharing favouritism at 13-2 is O'Brien's Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth, who is ridden by ex-Godolphin jockey Kerrin McEvoy, and Sir Dragonet, the colt O'Brien trained to win the 2019 Chester Vase.

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