FANDANGO TO CLAIM GOLDEN CUP TICKET
A GOLDEN ticket into next year’s Melbourne Cup is up for grabs in tomorrow’s Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington and Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander has a strong chance in the form of Lord Fandango.
The six-year-old has been out of winners circle since taking out the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield last spring, he is knocking on the door with some strong performance of late.
“He was very unlucky not to have won the Bendigo Cup last start,” Alexander said.
“He got too far back but ran a really good race. He’s come through it well.
The son of Lord Of England came from near last in the field of 13 to finish fourth, right on the heels of the placegetters, less than a length off winner Red Alto who he meets again tomorrow.
“This race is probably just a touch tougher than the Bendigo Cup,” he said.
“Red Alto and Sir Isaac Newton are in there again.
“He’ll really enjoy the extra distance and obviously a top jockey in Kerrin McEvoy to fill in.
“Jordan Childs had bit of mishap on Tuesday and we were a bit unsure what was happening in regards to him being able to ride but we were lucky enough get the Melbourne Cup winning jockey in Kerrin to come off the bench.
“There’s a lot of dangers in race but there’s not one horse that I’d think “We can never beat that.”
“They’ve all got strengths and weaknesses and I think we’re definitely in it with a good chance.”
Alexander is looking forward to getting Lord Fandango back to Flemington tomorrow over the 2600m.
“He was beaten two and a quarter lengths in the Australian Cup earlier this year at his only start at Flemington,” he said.
“All he needs is a bit of luck with things to go his way and I think he’ll be right there at the finish.”