Tuesday 23 January 2018

Simenon set for Cup challenge

Willie Mullins is hoping Simenon can progress again as he builds up for a crack at the Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 5.

The six-year-old chased home Estimate in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot while he was just edged out by Ahzeemah in the Lonsdale Cup at York last time. Simenon was among the first batch of horses to fly out to Australia on Thursday and Mullins is hoping the Marju gelding will rise to the challenge.

"I think he's got some speed and plenty of stamina. This year he has improved, and I'm hoping we might squeeze more improvement out of him on the way to Melbourne."

Robbie Hennessy, meanwhile, is looking forward to seeing stable star Rubi Light return to action for a likely clash with Sizing Europe in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park next Saturday.

Sunday Independent

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