DAVID Hayes - on leave from Hong Kong - believes Jeune can notch a second consecutive win in the A$2,035,000 Melbourne Cup (3,200 metres) at Flemington tomorrow, providing there is 'give' in the ground. 'If the rain comes, and it has been forecast, I think the horse will win,' Hayes, who prepared the imported seven-year-old for his 1994 Cup win, said of Jeune. 'It will be against him if the track is hard because he doesn't like firm ground these days. 'But if the going is yielding, he'll be the horse to beat.' Jeune - now in the care of David's elder brother Peter - completed his Cup preparation with a fourth behind Danewin in the Group One A$301,000 Mackinnon Stakes (2,000 metres) at Flemington on Saturday. The bold-striding chestnut, who is raced by Sheik Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, loomed as a definite threat to Danewin about 400 metres from home. However, he twice suffered interference over the concluding stages and was still only beaten by just over a length. Soon after racing finished Colin Hayes - the father of Peter and David - telephoned the Sheik's racing manager Angus Gold to discuss a Cup start. It was decided, just before final declarations, that Jeune should take his place in the lineup. He will now be trying to equal the record of Archer (1861-62), Rain Lover (1968-69) and Think Big (1974-75) to win the Melbourne Cup in consecutive years. The Gai Waterhouse stable's exciting three-year-old, Nothin' Leica Dane, will also be trying to create history this year. After he scored an authoritative victory - his fifth from seven outings - over The BMW Cox Plate winner Octagonal in the A$803,000 AAMI Victoria Derby (2,500 metres) on Saturday he was declared a 'late entry' in the Cup. Under a special provision the Derby winner can be added to the field with the payment of a final acceptance fee of A$40,000. Nothin' Leica Dane's owners - headed by Gai's father Tommy Smith - had no hesitation in putting up the money. Only one other Derby winner - Stylish Century in 1989 - has gone into the Melbourne Cup under this clause and he faded badly to finish among the tailenders. But Smith, who has always regretted his champion Tulloch did not contest the Cup as a three-year-old in 1957, is supremely confident that Nothin' Leica Dane will make his presence felt. 'The Melbourne Cup is the race I've had in mind for him all along and I can't see how they'll beat him,' Smith said. 'He'll run the distance all right and with 47 kg on his back I can't see how they'll catch him.' Smith's thoughts were supported by Shane Dye, who rode a faultless tactical race on the Danehill colt in the Derby and will have the Cup mount. 'He felt very strong in the Derby,' Dye said. 'I don't have any doubts that he'll stay the 3,200 metres and I'm glad I'm riding him.'