Saturday 20 January 2018

Hughes in line for Simenon call

Willie Mullins has confirmed that Richard Hughes will take the ride on Simenon if he makes the final field for the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington this day week.

Simenon is currently 23rd in the order of entry, with a maximum field of 24, but could yet miss out. With the winners of Saturday's Mackinnon Stakes and Lexus Stakes both guaranteed a start, the Irish stayer could be leapfrogged if the winners of both races are Cup nominees currently outside the field limit of 24.

Mullins, meanwhile, has entered Prince De Beauchene in Saturday's JNwine.com Champion chase at Down Royal. Henry de Bromhead's Sizing Europe and First Lieutenant head the list of nine entries, with the latter still left in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby.

Paul Nicholls will send over Kauto Stone, while Gordon Elliott's Mount Benbulben, RSA Chase victor Lord Windermere and Colm Murphy's Quito De La Roque are also in the line-up.

Irish Independent

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