Count­ing the cost of Aussie chal­lenge

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

THE eye-wa­ter­ing cost of send­ing raiders from Eng­land to Aus­tralia has not de­terred sev­eral of our train­ers again mount­ing a se­ri­ous chal­lenge on the Mel­bourne Cup on Tues­day.

While horses from Ire­land and France have tri­umphed in the race that is said to stop the na­tion, run­ners from Eng­land have come up just short time and again.

Own­ers and train­ers of Eu­ro­pean chal­lengers are en­cour­aged by the lav­ish prize money on of­fer down to tenth place in the Mel­bourne Cup.

But With­hold, trained by Roger Charl­ton and Duretto, trained by An­drew Bald­ing, are al­ready out of the race fol­low­ing set­backs af­ter fly­ing to Aus­tralia.

The bill for both is likely to be well over £60,000 by the time they re­turn home.

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