Will you get out of bed for this?

Its the first tuesday of November and the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation is due off at 4am Irish time.

The big question is , will you get out of bed for it?

With 10 of the 23 runners racing under the banner of “northern hemisphere” gone are the heady days of Dermot Weld, Vintage Crop and Mick Kinane tilting at windmills and actually winning!!!!

With Willie Mullins supplying 3 runners, Thomas Hobson, Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite the Master of Closutton, Co Carlow may just write his own page of history.

Not far away in Piltown, Co Kilkenny, Joseph O’Brien has mapped out this race for Rekindling and US Army Ranger while his father Aidan high on his record Group 1 exploits bids for further honours with Johannes Vermeer.

When you add three runners from Britain, Marmello, Wall of Fire and Nakeeta in addition to Red Cardinal for Germany and Tiberian for France it might just be worthwhile to set the alarm clock and make it to a television.

6 of the first 8 in the betting from William Hill are from this part of the world, so the odds seem good.

It will be a spectacle one way or the other and while none of them might be Vintage Crop or Makybe Diva , my pick just could be Tiberian at 28/1 for Alain Couetil and Olivier Peslier.

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