Tuesday 16 January 2018

Irish-bred stars shine down under

WHILE Simenon had to settle for a very respectable fourth in the Melbourne Cup, Irish-bred horses were yet again to the fore as Fiorente – bred in Co Meath – took the spoils for trainer Gai Waterhouse.

A year ago, the first seven home had all been sourced here, as was this year's winner, which was bred at Ballymacoll Stud and used to be trained by Michael Stoute. Luca Cumani's third home Mount Athos was produced by David Magnier at Grange Stud in Fermoy, while Mullins' Simenon was bred by Max Morris.

Ed Dunlop's grand campaigner Red Cadeaux finished runner-up for the second time and earned connections €715,000.

"I was so disappointed with his last run in Ireland (fourth in the Irish St Leger) that I was calling this his Zimmer-frame tour," said Dunlop. "But as soon as he gets on a plane, he's a different horse."

The third, Mount Athos, had every chance under Craig Williams, while Rich-ard Hughes ensured Simenon was also in with a shout in the home straight. He is now in line for a crack at the Japan Cup.

Winning jockey Damien Oliver was landing his third Cup and this just under a year since he was banned for placing a $10,000 (€7,000) bet on a rival in a Melbourne race.

Irish Independent

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