Absurde (Fr)

Purton Booked On Mullins's Absurde In Melbourne Cup

Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton will ride Willie Mullins trainee Absurde (Fr) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in the G1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November. "The Melbourne Cup is the race that Zac wants the most," Purton's manager Paul 'Popup' Webster told Racenet. "Earlier this year we discussed targeting Willie Mullins. "Whatever he brings over, lets do everything we can to get on it and it's come to fruition. We've picked up the ride on Absurde." A winner of the Ebor H. in August, Absurde and his Mullins stablemate Vauban (Fr)...

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Vauban Assigned 55kg For Melbourne Cup

The weights for the 133 horses still in the running for the Nov. 7 G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup were released on Tuesday and early 4-1 favourite Vauban (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) was assigned 55kg, 3.5kg below highweight and 2022 Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip (Fr) (Outstrip {GB}). The Willie Mullins-trained 5-year-old former hurdler, who won the G3 Ballyroan S. at Naas last month after taking the Listed Copper Horse H. at Royal Ascot in his first flat attempt in June, sits sixteenth on the weights list. Vauban's stablemate and Ballyroan runner-up...

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Pair Of Wildcards Enhance Arqana Summer Sale

The Arqana Summer Sale, set for June 30-July 1, gained two new wildcards on Tuesday. Absurde (Fr) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) (lot 473), offered by Carlos Laffon-Parias, is rated 102. The Wertheimer & Frere homebred gelding has placed in nine of his 11 starts, including twice at listed level. Royal Lea (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) (lot 422), a listed winner in Milan, goes under the hammer from the consignment of Gianluca Bietolini. She is a full-sister to My Lea (Ire), who has scored twice at the Group 3 level in Italy.

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