FANCY DEVASTATING HARDWICKE STAKES SNOW SKY TO WIN THE MELBOURNE CUP?
ONE of the leading fancies for the Melbourne Cup, top English stayer Snow Sky has been confirmed as heading to our shores after entering quarantine this week.
Snow Sky, who is an $18 chance with TAB Sportsbet for the Melbourne, Cup has great credentials as he has won two Group 2 staying races this year.
He will be the first Melbourne Cup starter for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, who races under the prominent worldwide banner of Juddmonte Farms.
Juddmonte Farms racing manager Lord Teddy Grimthorpe said Snow Sky’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute was considering starting him in the Irish St Leger before heading to Australia but changed his mind.
“It’s exciting for the prince as we certainly have not had a runner in my time with him and as a dual Group 2 winner we think Snow Sky has more to give at the top level,” Grimthorpe told the Racing Post.
Racing Victoria’s international recruiter Leigh Jordon said there was a good chance Snow Sky would have a start in Melbourne before the Melbourne Cup.
“He’s coming on the first shipment, which arrives on September 26. He’s likely to have a run before the Melbourne Cup and obviously the Caulfield Cup is a possibility still,” Jordon said.
Snow Sky won the Group 2 races the Yorkshire Cup (2800m) at York and the Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) at Ascot and has been given 58 kilos in the Caulfield Cup.
Jordon said the Caulfield Cup was likely to have two Japanese runners in Fame Game and Hokko Brave and up to four European horses.
Jordon believes Trip To Paris, Quest For More, Max Dynamite and Snow Sky are all strong chances to start in the Caulfield Cup.
Three times Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux and his stablemate Trip To Paris have also entered quarantine this week.
Jordon said Ed Dunlop was still considering starting Trip To Paris in the Caulfield Cup before the Melbourne Cup.
He was likely to stick to his usual pattern with Red Cadeaux and just run him in the Melbourne Cup.
The recent Lonsdale Cup (3200m) winner at York, the Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite also has entered quarantine.
“He won that race in scintillating fashion and the Caulfield Cup looks a nice race for him,” Jordon said.
Also in quarantine is another in-form stayer Quest For More, trained by Roger Charlton, who finished second in the Goodwood Cup at his last start.