Melbourne Cup

Marmelo Transfers To Norton Grove Stud

Treble Group 2 winner Marmelo (GB) (Duke Of Marmalade {Ire}) will stand in Britain at Norton Grove Stud in 2022. The 2018 G1 Melbourne Cup runner-up has spent the last two seasons in France at Haras du Grand Courgeon. Bred by Deepwood Farm Stud, the 8-year-old won seven of his 22 starts, with six of those wins coming in stakes company. He showed a particular penchant for France, winning the G2 Prix Kergorlay twice, the G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil, and the G3 Prix de Barbeville. Reflecting on his four-season...

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Twilight Payment Among Horses Entering Quarantine For Australia

Defending G1 Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), Sir Dragonet (Ire) (Camelot {GB})'s full-brother Sir Lucan (Ire) and G1 Goodwood Cup runner-up Away He Goes (Ire) (Farhh {GB}) have entered quarantine for trips to the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The Joseph-O'Brien-trained Twilight Payment won the G3 Irish St Leger Trial on Aug. 13 and finished second in the G1 Irish St Leger two weeks ago, and he will pre-quarantine in Ireland for two weeks before shipping Down Under. Sir Lucan, who will remain in Australia and join Gai Waterhouse...

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The Weekly Wrap: Pure Poetry

Master horseman Jim Bolger may have been ensconced in Ireland during this weekend's Guineas Festival, but his influence was felt far and wide across the Rowley Mile. The fact that Bolger bred, trained and raced the 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire})-in addition to the small feat of breeding his sire and first two dams and training his grandsire and third dam-has been well documented in the following days. But Bolger's fingerprints were likewise on the G1 1000 Guineas the next day: he had trained the winner...

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Fellowes Fears Cup Changes Could Rule Out Europeans

Trainer Charlie Fellowes said he fears changes to the qualification criteria, mainly for overseas runners, for the Melbourne Cup will make it "nigh on impossible" for European-trained horses to compete in Australia's most famous race. The Melbourne Cup has come under increased pressure in recent years after a series of high-profile breakdowns in The Race That Stops A Nation, with international challengers seemingly disproportionately afflicted. As such, the number of international horses at the Werribee International Quarantine Centre will be limited to 24 (it was 42 in 2018). International shippers...

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More Cups Targets For Cross Counter

Godolphin's 2018 G1 Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) will have the Australian showpiece as a target once again in 2021 as the gelding stays in training with Charlie Appleby as a 6-year-old. "Off the back of Twilight Payment winning the Melbourne Cup at the age of seven, hopefully there is still a bit of life left in Cross Counter," Appleby said. "To win the Melbourne Cup as 3-year-old is a tough gig to do. He went back and put up another good performance in the race last...

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Nickajack Cave Headed Down Under

Last out G3 Ballyroan S. winner Nickajack Cave (Ire) (Kendargent {Fr}) has run his last race for trainer Ger Lyons and will be transferred to Peter Moody in Australia with the G1 Melbourne Cup in November his key aim. Nickajack Cave was previously campaigned by David Spratt, Sean Jones and Lynne Lyons, and the deal for his sale was done prior to the Ballyroan. Moody told that the new ownership group-which includes some of the owners of Moody's former sprint sensation Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit {Aus})-briefly considered keeping...

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The Weekly Wrap: Virtual Reality

In ordinary times, this week would mark the revving up of the European bloodstock charabanc: standing room only, destination Deauville. As the threat of a second quarantine hangs over visitors or returnees from France to the UK like the Sword of Damocles, it's probably just as well that the traditional start to the yearling season has been delayed. This coming weekend, there will be no short shuffle between racecourse and sales ground for the Prix Jacques Le Marois and other delights ahead of a frenetic evening of activity in the...

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Appleby, bin Suroor to Swerve Melbourne

Godolphin's Newmarket-based trainers Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor have informed Racing Victoria that they will not send horses to this year's Melbourne spring carnival amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both trainers have enjoyed success at the carnival as of late; Charlie Appleby won the 2018 G1 Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}), while bin Suroor has saddled three runners up in the great race while Benbatl (GB) won the G1 Ladbrokes S. in 2018 and was second to Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) in the G1 Cox Plate....

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Australia On The Cards For Deja

Deja (Fr) (Youmzain {Ire}), recent winner of the Old Newton Cup for Phoenix Thoroughbreds, could be heading to Australia later this year after being given entries for the G1 Caulfield Cup and G1 Melbourne Cup. The winner of five of his eight starts to date, the 5-year-old, who is trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, has been raised seven pounds for his most recent victory and looks likely to carry top weight in the Ebor H. at York on Saturday, Aug. 22. "We have had it on our mind all year to...

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IRT Preparing For Return To The Sky

Over the last week Australasian studs have begun to release their stallion fees for 2020, including for a number of shuttle stallions from Europe. The skies, however, have been notably light on air traffic since the coronavirus pandemic sent many nations into lockdown, and that has included a vast reduction in flights carrying horses. The breeding side of the racing business has thankfully been able to carry on largely unaffected. Under strict sanitary rules, broodmares have still been able to be transported for covering, and there is some reassurance of...

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Melbourne Cup Winner Back In Ireland

The 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) has returned from Australia to his former trainer Joseph O'Brien. Now six, the stallion was originally retired from racing last August and his owner Lloyd Williams announced at the time that he would stand at stud in Europe. Rekindling did not reappear in action until 16 months after his most famous victory, and he finished last of 15 runners in the G1 Australian Cup at Flemington in March 2019 when trained by Liam Howley. Now back at O'Brien's stable at...

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