Aidan O’Brien’s stable ratings Anthony Van Dyck’s outstanding performance in the Caulfield Cup is superior to the stallion’s triumph in the English derby.
TJ Comerford was delighted with Anthony Van Dyck’s attempt to haul 58.5kg and start from barrier 17 before storming from last to second on the corner, just a neck ahead of Verry Elleegant.
“It was a career best for him,” said Comerford. “I know he won an English derby, but we’re really excited to have the heaviest weight in a race like the Caulfield Cup and do what he did.
Hugh Bowman on Anthony Van Dyck in Werribee. Image: Getty Images
“Hugh (Bowman) called last night and was also very happy with the run.
“He ran a fantastic race. He survived the run very well and looks brilliant.
“He came out of the race well. He ran for an hour this morning and spent half an hour on the grass. He is great.”
Anthony Van Dyck’s Caulfield Cup efforts prompted TAB to lower its price to $ 11 – the same price that Verry Elleegant was offering.
Anthony Van Dyck takes out the English derby in 2019. Image: Getty Images
Racing Victoria’s tracking data highlighted Anthony Van Dyck’s tremendous effort.
He ran 11m farther than Verry Elleegant (2453-2442) while attempting to run down the mare and ride the best sections of the circuit from 1,600m to 600m.
Prince Of Arran finished fourth after running seven meters further than the winner and doing the fastest final 400 meters of the race.
Comerford said Wichita came out of the leg surgery in good order.
The horse is now recovering on the property of Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge.
“We have a long recovery ahead of us, but he’s good,” said Comerford.
“We are confident that he is fine, that he will fully recover and get back on track.”
Comerford said Santiago was “OK” after the stable abandoned spring plans.
“His action was only attacking him, so we stopped him,” he said. “He’ll be fine.”
Zac Spain rides Oceanex to win the Port Adelaide Cup at Morphettville in May.
OCEANEX FOLLOWS PRINZWEG
Mick Price and Michael Kent junior will search for the “Prince Of Penzance 100-1 recipe” for the success of the Melbourne Cup.
Price and Kent will send the mare to the Moonee Valley Cup (2600m) on Saturday and then to the Melbourne Cup on November 3rd, a program that Prince Of Penzance uses in 2015.
Prince Of Penzance, a 100-1 bolter ridden by Michelle Payne in the Melbourne Cup, finished second after the US after a searing pace in the middle of the race.
Price said the decision of several Werribee-based riders to compete in the Geelong Cup on Wednesday was part of his strategy.
“We heard that there was a good group of internationals going to the Geelong Cup, so we’re going to the Moonee Valley Cup,” he said.
“I’m waiting to see if Mark Zahra can drive it.
“We’re going to go to Moonee Valley on Tuesday and gallop and then the Moonee Valley Cup to the Melbourne Cup that way.
“She is fine, I expect her to show up in a Moonee Valley Cup.
“She ran a place in the Moonee Valley. All she has to do is run a place and we are there. The Prince Of Penzance 100-1 Recipe. “
As the winner of the Andrew Ramsden in May, Oceanex is guaranteed a start in the Melbourne Cup.
“We can be a little relaxed. If you don’t have to do one thing, you can do another, ”Price said.
“You don’t have to put pressure on yourself to qualify.
“She didn’t enjoy Turnbull much because we were moving forward, then she got posted deep and worked hard. Usually that would be very important when trying to put them in the order (of entry).
“She is a Group 2 winner and has won a few other Black-type races. It was only two places away from the Caulfield Cup. “
Racing Victoria stewards confirmed on Saturday that Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old Santiago would miss the Melbourne Cup.
He was the third favorite of the race.
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