Marmelo working at Werribee (Image: Racing Photos)

All 'upward' from here for Marmelo

Hughie Morrison's travelling foreman Tom Pirie finds himself in familiar territory ahead of this year's $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Pirie is alongside Marmelo at Werribee's International Horse Centre for the third-consecutive year as they attempt to win Flemington's world-famous race.

"He has travelled well and as far as I'm concerned it's all upward from here," Pirie said.

Morrison told Racing Post earlier this week that he's not overly confident of Marmelo, last year's Melbourne Cup runner-up, winning at his third attempt.

Morrison's comments were a reflection of him respecting the enormity of the challenge rather than discontent with his own horse.

"To finish in the first four in that race is an achievement in itself," Morrison said.

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Marmelo has raced five times this year, unexpectedly winning the G3 John Porter Stakes (2412m) at Newbury on April 13 before finishing fifth in the G1 Coronation Cup (2419m) at Epsom on May 31 - his first test at Group 1 level in Europe.

Marmelo then finished fifth in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2400m) on June 30 and second in the G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil (2800m) at ParisLongchamp on July 14 prior to his G2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) success on August 18.

"I think he's in a good place in his career, he's run some great races this year - his run in the Kergorlay was massive," Pirie said.

"Hughie (Morrison) has always been big on keeping him fresh, spacing out his runs between races. His only run in Australia will be the Melbourne Cup."

Pirie says that Marmelo's workload will increase slightly from Friday onwards.

"The main fact is keep him well, keep him fresh and keep him fit," Pirie added.