Melbourne Cup: Michael Owen pleased with Brown Panther draw

Michael Owen at the Melbourne Cup draw

Brown Panther, bred and owned by Michael Owen, has a handy draw in stall six for the Melbourne Cup.

The former England striker's horse is one of six British-trained hopes seeking to make history in the 'race that stops a nation'.

Mount Athos (22), Red Cadeaux (23) and Ruscello (24) were drawn widest for Tuesday's contest (04:00 GMT) which has never been won by a British runner.

Dandino goes from four while Royal Empire is in stall 11.

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United striker Owen sported a wide grin as the starting position for his Goodwood Cup winner was announced.

"It's probably an ideal draw and I can't wait for Tuesday now," he said.

Ruscello earned a surprise place in the field by winning the Lexus Stakes on Saturday.

Simenon, trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins, is in the middle 12 draw, while favourite Fiorente has a favourable five spot.

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