EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP (Group 1)
Flemington, Turf, 3200m
4 November 2014
Estimate (Monsun) has been entered in the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup, which will take place at Flemington on 4th November, and is one of 31 overseas nominations.
Dermot Weld is the only British or Irish trainer to have conquered the race, having won the 1993 renewal with Vintage Crop (Rousillon) and the 2002 edition with Media Puzzle (Theatrical), has put in the Gr.2 Lonsdale Cup winner Pale Mimosa (Singspiel).
Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux), second in the race by the narrowest margin in 2011 and last year when beaten three quarters of a length, has been given an entry by trainer Ed Dunlop.
Japan, winners of the 2006 race, where Delta Blues beat his country mate Pop Rock, could be represented for the first time since 2010. Admire Rakti (Heart’s Cry) and Bande (Authorized) are the possibles.
Australian hopes are spearheaded by the former Aidan O’Brien trained The Offer (Montjeu) also known as Offer, purchased by Gai Waterhouse through Johnny McKeever at the Tattersalls October Horses-in-Training Sale, with one bid.
Other former Europeans that have been nominated include the 2012 winner Green Moon (Montjeu), Bonfire (Manduro), Caravan Rolls On (Hernando), Voleuse De Coeurs (Teofilo), Masked Marvel (Montjeu), Opinion (Oasis Dream), Sea Moon (Beat Hollow) and Our Voodoo Prince (Kingmambo) also known as Voodoo Prince.
Extract from European Bloodstock News