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1. Red Cadeaux is the punters favourite in today’s Melbourne Cup.
The sentimental favourite, Red Cadeaux is the punter’s favourite in today’s Melbourne Cup. The British chestnut has run the race five times, coming second in three of them, finishing second to Protectionist last year.
His trainer said he was much loved.
“He’s an incredibly popular horse,” English trainer Ed Dunlop said. “The horses that stay around so long get a gathering and this horse is much loved everywhere.”
The favourite is Fame Game, followed by Red Cadeaux’s stable mate Trip to Paris out of the field of 24 runners, 11 of which are international runners.
Of the Australian trainers, Chris Waller leads the way with three entries – Preferment, last year’s third-placed horse Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshal
A crowd of more than 100,000 is expected to pack Flemington for the race which is looking at a partly cloudy day with a top temperature of 22C and a 10 per cent chance of rain.
2. Russian plane crash caused by “external influence.”
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 2, 2015
The Russian airline Kogalymavia has blamed “external influence” for Saturday’s Sinai plane crash that killed 224 people. A senior airline official said: “The only reasonable explanation is that it was [due to] external influence.” However the Russian authorities are still downplaying it. “This kind of talk is… not based on any proper facts,” Aleksandr Neradko, the head of Russia’s Federal Aviation Agency said. At a news conference in Moscow the deputy director of the airline ruled out a technical fault and pilot error. “The only [explanation] for the plane to have been destroyed in mid-air can be specific impact, purely mechanical, physical influence on the aircraft,” Alexander Smirnov said. “There is no such combination of failures of systems which could have led to the plane disintegrating in the air,” he added. US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he could not rule out involvement of Isil in the crash, but said that it was “unlikely”, adding that “We don’t have any direct evidence of any terrorist involvement yet.” Experts have said that IS-affiliated groups did not have the technology to shoot down the jet but have not ruled out that a bomb might have been planted on board.