Friday, 19 October 2012
: The second shipment of Northern Hemisphere horses for the spring carnival arrives in Melbourne on Saturday, led by last year's Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux.
The Ed Dunlop-trained galloper and his travelling companions have done two weeks quarantine in the UK and will be be transported to the International Horse Centre at Werribee where they must complete a further two weeks quarantine.
Also on the flight are Fiorente, a recent acquisition by the Gai Waterhouse stable, and the Macedon Lodge purchases Hartani and Massiyn.Fiorente
defeated Red Cadeaux in the G2 Princess of Wales's Goldsmith Stakes (2400m) at Newmarket in July for his former trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
He is set to make his debut for Waterhouse in the Melbourne Cup on November 6.
He has had just nine starts, for two wins and three seconds, with his latest outing producing a fourth behind Arc de Triomphe runner-up Orfevre in the G2 Prix Foy (2400m) at Longchamp in September.
The Macedon Lodge pair, both Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds, have been purchased by Lloyd Williams with a view to next year’s Cups.Massiyn
, this year’s Irish St Leger runner-up, was not entered for this year’s spring features.
G3 Curragh Cup winner Hartani
was initially entered for the Melbourne Cup but has since been withdrawn.
The final overseas Melbourne Cup contenders from the Godolphin stable, Lost In The Moment
, are scheduled to land in Melbourne on Monday.
Lost In The Moment finished sixth in last year’s Cup.
Meanwhile several internationals currently stabled at Werribee will go to Geelong for track gallops.
The Mick Kent-trained French import Tac de Boistron
makes his second trip to Geelong in a week in preparation for his Australian debut in next Wednesday’s $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m).
Joining him will be the Dermot Weld-trained Galileo’s Choice, who will not be running until Melbourne Cup on November 6.
Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate contenders will also gallop on the course proper at Bendigo on Saturday.
The Lloyd Williams-trained pair Green Moon
will gallop ahead of the day’s racing from 9.30am.
Excluded is nominated for Wednesday’s Geelong Cup while Green Moon will go to the Cox Plate next Saturday.
The David Hayes-trained Fictional Account
, third emergency for the Caulfield Cup, will also head to Bendigo for a gallop on the course proper between races if he fails to secure a start on Saturday.
Fictional Account will also be a Geelong Cup runner next Wednesday if he misses a start at Caulfield.
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