Herald Sun

New brigade to form Cup raid

- MICHAEL MAN­LEY michael.man­ley@news.com.au

WITH the ex­cep­tion of peren­nial visi­tor Red Cadeaux, Rac­ing Vic­to­ria in­ter­na­tional re­cruiter Leigh Jor­don says it will be a new group of raiders ar­riv­ing here for spring.

Jor­dan was in New­mar­ket last week for the July Cup and has been vis­it­ing train­ers in Eng­land, France and Ire­land.

“This is an un­usual year as Red Cadeaux is the only horse that trav­elled last year that could pos­si­bly re­turn as all the other horses have ei­ther been moved on or been re­tired,” Jor­don said.

“There­fore this year we have a blank can­vas or you could de­scribe it as a re­nais­sance year.

“As a re­sult there are a lot of train­ers still to make a com­mit­ment to come.

“Train­ers are well aware of the Caulfield and Mel­bourne Cups and the Cox Plate, but they also know they need the right horse.”

Jor­don said Red Cadeaux’s trainer Ed Dun­lop had ad­vised that the stayer was on track for a fifth Mel­bourne Cup.

“Ed is also se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing bring­ing Trip To Paris as well,” he said.

Trip To Paris, who won the 4000m As­cot Gold Cup last month, will run in the 3200m Good­wood Cup on July 30.

Jor­don said trainer Michael Bell was keen to bring Big Or­ange, long-shot win­ner of the Group 2 2400m Princess’s Of Wales Stakes at New­mar­ket last week, for the Mel­bourne Cup.

Sir Michael Stoute is look­ing at Mel­bourne with Snow Sky and Te­le­scope but it de­pends on how they run in the 2400m King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes at As­cot to­mor­row week.

Jor­don said Godol­phin was com­mit­ted to com­ing to Mel­bourne but had not se­lected any run­ners yet.

He said the pic­ture would be­come clearer af­ter races such as the King Ge­orge VI, Good­wood Cup and Lons­dale Cup and Ebor Hand­i­cap at York next month.

The Peter Chap­ple-Hyam trained Arod, win­ner of the Group 2 Sum­mer Mile at As­cot last week­end, is to be set for the Cox Plate.

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