Willie Mullins (right) pictured with Rich and Susannah Ricci after Thomas Hobson won the Ascot Stakes
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Thomas Hobson has come in for sustained support for the Melbourne Cup on the back of reports that Joao Moreira has been booked to ride the Willie Mullins-trained gelding in the Emirates-sponsored stamina test on November 7.
Mullins went agonisingly close in the race two years ago with Max Dynamite, who is also being aimed again at the big race Down Under.
Paddy Power are among a list of bookmakers to slash Thomas Hobson's odds with spokesman Paul Binfield saying, "We cut Thomas Hobson from 33/1 to 22/1 yesterday, and were then forced to cut him again last night into 16/1."
The Rich Ricci-owned seven-year-old won the Ascot Stakes over two and a half miles at the Royal meeting in June, and was runner-up to Desert Skyline last time in the Doncaster Cup.
Last year's winner Almandin remains the favourite with Betfair going a top-priced 7/1.