O’Brien bolsters Melbourne Cup hand

O’Brien bolsters Melbourne Cup hand

Aidan O’Brien has concurrently strengthened an already formidable Melbourne Cup hand and vindicated Cox Plate officers with Looking Horn’s emphatic Moonee Valley Gold Cup success.Backed on-course from $5.50 to $4.20, the son of Camelot climbed from No.20 to 16th within the Melbourne Cup order of entry forward of Monday’s third declarations.And by downing Mr Quickie ($3.80) and Downdraft ($3.90), Looking Horn proved Moonee Valley Racing Membership officers have been right to demote veteran Humidor from the Cox Plate’s beginning line-up of 14 runners.Stream over 50 sports activities Stay & On-Demand with KAYO SPORTS in your TV, laptop, cell or pill. Simply $25/month, no lock-in contract. Get your 14-day free trial and begin streaming immediately >media_cameraHunting Horn, ridden by Ryan Moore, prices to the road — and a Melbourne Cup begin. Pic: Micheal KleinHumidor laboured into fourth putting, suggesting the twin Cox Plate placegetter would have struggled towards elite weight-for-age firm had he gained a begin.Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter will resolve on Monday whether or not to re-handicap Looking Horn for the November 5 Melbourne Cup.O’Brien watched the race from Ballydoyle in Eire.“He was up watching it and he was more than happy with it,” O’Brien’s travelling foreman TJ Comerford mentioned.“Aidan likes the horse and now we have had him now for some time.“He goes all over the place with Magic Wand. On the finish of the day he’s simply respiration down her throat however he obtained a outcome there. Right now was nice.“I suppose the race suited him as a result of they went regular. He’s all the time been working over a mile-and-a-quarter (2000m).“All of that helps. (The race) didn’t run like a real mile-and-a-half (2400m) contest. The regular tempo in all probability suited him higher.“It was a category trip by Ryan Moore, nice trip.”Comerford mentioned Looking Horn, who has type round British star Allow, had “settled in beautiful.”“I used to be on the telephone to Aidan and I instructed him that this was the perfect he has ever behaved (pre-race). He’s usually a bit on edge.“When you’ve got seen him within the morning you’d see that he’s a bit on his toes however that’s simply him. Nothing bothers him he doesn’t sweat. That’s simply his method. It was an awesome outcome.”The success continued O’Brien’s strike charge in Australia.media_cameraMoore salutes the gang as he returns to scale. Pic: Getty Imagesmedia_cameraAidan O’Brien is but to the Melbourne Cup, in contrast to his son Joseph with Rekindling in 2017. Pic: Getty Pictures“It’s nice that we are able to have a winner as a result of it’s exhausting to return right here,” Comerford mentioned.“You prefer to run properly, you prefer to win. We have been fortunate final yr with Yucatan.“He carried out so good for us. We’ve come right here earlier than with (Cox Plate winner) Adelaide, (Melbourne Cup runner-up) Johannes Vermeer, they’ve all the time run properly.”Profitable jockey Ryan Moore mentioned Looking Horn clearly relished the much less formidable opposition he confronted at The Valley after racing persistently at Group 1 degree in Britain.“He’s a stunning colt. He’s had superb type during, he’s had some robust assignments,” he mentioned.“He travelled very robust. Right now was a pleasant spot for him.”Looking Horn firmed from $51-$18 for the Melbourne Cup, the place he may conflict with stablemates Il Paradiso and Magic Wand.media_cameraJamie Spencer steered Chief Ironside to Crystal Mile glory. Pic: Micheal KleinINTERNATIONALS FLEX FURTHER MUSCLEAnother canny worldwide buy by Jamie Lovett and the crew at Australian Bloodstock may safe them a $500,000 bonus after Chief Ironside’s stirring win within the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley.Winless since 2018, the northern hemisphere four-year-old was bought together with Cox Plate flop Danceteria and despatched to French coach David Menuisier, who trains in England.Underneath Irish jockey Jamie Spencer Chief Ironside devoured up Cliffs Edge and Better of Days with a storming late surge to go away Menuisier and connections “over the moon”.“The boys, introduced the horse about two and a half months in the past and so that you can come right here in Australia, we discovered that we may enhance the horse on his earlier type and I believe that’s what we did,” he mentioned.A failure within the Toorak Handicap final begin, the place Chief ironside completed 13th, wasn’t a real indication of his capability in keeping with jockey Jamie Spencer, who reunited with him having ridden the horse at his final begin in England in July.“He’s all the time been an on-the-pace horse in Europe so I wasn’t fearful that he wouldn’t have the ability to get a place. It’s simply that he can’t play up within the gates, which occurred final time at Caulfield,” Spencer mentioned.“So we have been simply hoping to get an excellent starting and hope the race goes easily, which it did for me. He wanted each yard of the straight to get there.”MORE NEWS:All the things you could know concerning the Melbourne CupCox Plate: The place your horse finishedMelbourne Cup: Who will make the minimize?Chief Ironside will now line up within the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Derby day, and the Moonee Valley win makes him eligible to win the $500,000 bonus with one other victory.Australian Bloodstock gained the Melbourne Cup in 2014 with Protectionist, which they bought from Germany.— RUSSELL GOULD

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