Snow on way for Cup Day
ENGLISH stayer Snow Sky, one of the leading fancies for the Melbourne Cup, has been confirmed as heading to our shores after entering quarantine this week.
Snow Sky, a $21 Cup chance with UBET, has great credentials, having won two Group 2 staying races this year.
He would be the first Melbourne Cup starter for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, who races under the prominent worldwide banner of Juddmonte Farms.
Juddmonte Farms racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said trainer Sir Michael Stoute had considered starting Snow Sky in the Irish St Leger before heading to Australia but had changed his mind.
“It’s exciting for the Prince as we certainly have not had a (Cup) runner in my time with him and as a dual Group 2 winner we think Snow Sky has more to give at the top level,” Grimthorpe told Racing Post.
Racing Victoria international recruiter Leigh Jordon said there was a good chance Snow Sky would have a start in Melbourne before the Cup.
“He’s coming on the first shipment which arrives on September 26,’’ Jordon said.
“He’s likely to have a run before the Melbourne Cup and obviously the Caulfield Cup is a possibility still.”
Snow Sky, who won the 2800m Yorkshire Cup at York and 2414m Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, has 58kg in the Caulfield Cup. Jordon said the Caulfield Cup was likely to have two Japanese runners, Fame Game and Hokko Brave, and up to four European hors- es – Trip To Paris, Quest For More, Max Dynamite and Snow Sky.
All entered quarantine this week, as did Red Cadeaux, a stablemate of Trip To Paris.
Jordon said Ed Dunlop was still considering starting Trip To Paris in the Caulfield Cup before the Melbourne Cup.
He was likely to stick to his usual pattern with Red Cadeaux and just run him in the Melbourne Cup.
RACING media commentator Brent Zerafa has been found guilty of conduct prejudicial to racing. The charge centred around Zerafa tipping two horses in a race on TVN in January when he had received information about another horse.
Before the race, Zerafa received text messages from John Camilleri claiming he had been helping “Kav’s” horses for the past five weeks and telling him to watch Palazzo Pubblico, the eventual winner.