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Monday 20 August 2018

Melbourne verdict for Jury

Jukebox Jury is to be aimed at the Emirates Melbourne Cup following his rousing dead-heat with Duncan in the Irish Field St Leger.

Connections of the Alan Spence-owned grey have decided to go for Australia's biggest race after the five-year-old was allotted 57kg (9st).

Jukebox Jury was already certain to go globe-trotting, with races such as the Canadian International, Japan Cup and Hong Kong Vase under consideration.

After his weekend exploits, the Mark Johnston-trained entire will bid to become the first British-trained winner of the two-mile handicap at Flemington on November 1. "I've spoken to Mark and the plan is to go (to Melbourne) as his owner is very keen," said the trainer's wife and assistant, Deirdre.

Kauto Star remains firmly on course for what will be a pivotal racecourse appearance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 19.

The four-time King George winner and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero will bid for his fourth win in the Merseyside Grade One, and aim to show he is no back-number after a lifeless display at Punchestown in May.

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