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Melbourne Cup: Flemington track inspection reveals 'slow lane'

A track inspection has revealed Flemington will feature a four-metre-wide 'slow lane' on Melbourne Cup day.

Racing Victoria (RV) chief steward Terry Bailey and Victoria Racing Club track manager Mick Goodie walked the track on Monday and identified an inferior strip between 10 and 14 metres from Tuesday's rail position.

The inspection followed criticism of the track on Derby Day on Saturday, with horses close to the rail enjoying an advantage after morning rain.

As a consequence, the rail has been moved a further two metres out from its true position.
With the four-metre slow strip in the centre of the home straight, however, it will likely see jockeys jostling for positions closer to the inside.

"(Monday's) inspection identified a (four) metre section near the centre of the home straight which is rated inferior to the remainder of the straight," RV said in a statement.
"This is the section where approximately 40 horses galloped last Tuesday in preparation for the Cup Carnival."

Trip to Paris continues to firm

Since Saturday night's barrier draw, Trip To Paris has firmed from $9 to $7 with one TAB punter outlaying $14,500 at $8.50 for a collect of a little more than $123,000.
The heavy support for Trip To Paris has resulted in the favourite Fame Game drifting from $3.20 after the draw to $4.60.

The Chris Waller-trained Preferment is the only other runner under $10 in Cup betting at $9.
The Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe has firmed from $31 into $19 since Saturday night and is one of another six horses under $20 in Cup betting.

The only Australian-bred horse, Sertorius, met with support firming from $201 to $101, before drifting out to $126 by Tuesday morning.



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