Japan's Melbourne Cup hope Tokai Trick (Kenji Nonaka/Shinji Fujita) also takes his chance under a rider who rode Eye Popper
to finish second here in 2005.
The other eye popper
was referee Craig Thomson, who created a rod for his own back by booking three players in the first 18 minutes for minor misdemeanours.
Rank 40/1 outsider that day was Eye Popper
and he finished second - he's now a 7/1 shot.
He went on to score by two and a half lengths from the 2007 winner Eye Popper
, who just held off the favourite Pop Rock in the 1m7f event.
The Lear Fan gelding's rating was also achieved by Japan Cup runner-up Dream Passport in the Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten over 1m7f, where the four-year-old was beaten a head by the veteran Eye Popper
. Although the runner-up was getting 1kg (2.2lb) according to race conditions, he would have received 4lb based on the RPR and official weight-for-age scale.
THE veteran Eye Popper
yesterday got up in the last stride to beat Japan Cup runner-up Dream Passport in the Hanshin Daishoten, won last year by Deep Impact on his seasonal debut.
JAPAN OLIVIER PESLIER partnered the favourite Eye Popper
to win the Group 2 Stayers' Stakes ovr 2m at Nakaya-ma yesterday.
Japan's Eye Popper
, who has a win over Makybe Diva to his credit and who had finished second in the Caulfield Cup last month, faded to finish tenth after being a close third into the straight.
ran second to Railings, a rival again tomorrow, in the Caulfield Cup on October 15, and David O'Callaghan, representing connections, said yesterday: "Our horse's preparation could not have gone better.
Japanese challenger Eye Popper
has been drawn nine, while South African raider Greys Inn will race from stall 13.
MELBOURNE CUP Ladbrokes: 11-4 Makybe Diva, 7-2 Leica Falcon, 5 Railings, 7 Eye Popper
, 10 Vinnie Roe, 14 Demerger, Distinction, 16 Dizelle, 16 Mr Celebrity, 25 bar.
MELBOURNE CUP Ladbrokes: 7-2 Makybe Diva, 5 Leica Falcon, Railings, 7 Eye Popper
, 10 Carte Diamond, Vinnie Roe, 14 bar.
MELBOURNE CUP William Hill: 7-2 Makybe Diva, 9-2 Leica Falcon, Railings, 7 Plastered, 8 Xcellent, 10 Eye Popper
, 11 Demerger, 12 Distinction, Vinnie Roe, 14 Carte Diamond, 16 bar.
MELBOURNE CUP Coral: 4 Makybe Diva, 5 Railings, Leica Falcon, 7 Plastered, Xcellent, 8 Eye Popper
, 10 Vinnie Roe, 12 Demerger, 14 Distinction, Carte Diamond, 16 Vouvray, 20 Dizelle, Confectioner, Portland Singa, 25 bar.
The race went to Railings, trained by John Hawkes and ridden by Greg Childs, who was held up before flying home late to land the spoils from the Japanese contender Eye Popper
. The race was watched by a crowd of 52,009, the largest in 31 years.