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21/06/02 Vinnie Roe on Track for Cup Despite Defeat
Early Melbourne Cup favourite Vinnie Roe is on track for Australia's richest race despite being beaten overnight.

The four-year-old son of Definite Article found last year's winner, the Mark Johnston trained Royal Rebel a touch too good. The margin between the two was a neck.

Vinnie Roe's trainer Dermot Weld, the only international trainer to win a Cup thanks to Vintage Crop, said the Melbourne Cup was definitely still the aim.

"He's run a cracking race," Weld told reporters after the Ascot Gold Cup was run.

"He'll have a little break then will be back for his prep race before going for the Irish St Leger and then the Melbourne Cup," Weld added. "That has always been the plan and I don't see any need to change it."

Meanwhile, there was better luck for Weld on the same card when the Danehill filly Irresistable Jewel proved too strong in the Group Two Ribbesdale Stakes.

It was the second straight win for Irresistable Jewel. She easily won a maiden at Naas a little over two weeks earlier.

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