Home turf to sway Dunaden camp over Melbourne Cup bid
- by:Matt Stewart
- From:Herald Sun
- July 25, 2012 12:00am
Craig Williams rides Dunaden to victory in Hong Kong. Picture: Philippe LopezSource: AFP
IT appears French stayer Dunaden will be denied his chance to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups.
The 2400m Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, run on October 7 in Paris, is now a clear favourite over the Cup; which is surprising as Dunaden failed against Arc types at Ascot at the weekend.
Owner Sheik Fahad’s racing manager David Redvers said yesterday: “There’s no definite decision yet as I haven’t had a chance to speak to Sheik Fahad, but my inclination would be to stick to the original target.”
Ridden by Craig Williams, who has been invited to take the Arc ride, Dunaden finished sixth in the 2400m King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, won by last year’s Arc winner Danedream.
English Derby winner Camelot is $3.50 Arc favourite, from Danedream at $7. Dunaden is a $17 Arc chance and $17 second favourite in early Melbourne Cup betting. Redvers said the Ascot run had been inconclusive.
“Dunaden had no cover at all and was in front a long way out, which made him the rabbit for the others to aim at,” he said. “He loves to come from behind and pass horses, so it was a bit of a farce.”
THE Geelong Cup is now Victoria’s richest country cup. Prizemoney has increased to $300,000.