Aidan O’Brien’s secure charges Anthony Van Dyck’s excellent Caulfield Cup efficiency superior to the colt’s English Derby triumph.
TJ Comerford was elated with Anthony Van Dyck’s effort to lug 58.5kg and begin from barrier 17 earlier than storming from close to final on the flip to complete second, solely a neck shy of Verry Elleegant.
“It was a career-best for him,” Comerford stated. “I do know he’s received an English Derby, however to hold prime weight in a race just like the Caulfield Cup and to do what he did, we’re very happy.
Hugh Bowman on Anthony Van Dyck at Werribee. Picture: –
“Hugh (Bowman) rang final night time and he was additionally very proud of the run.
“He ran a incredible race. He’s come by means of the run very properly and he appears to be like good.
“He’s come out of the race properly. He’s walked for an hour this morning and he’s had half an hour on the grass. He’s nice.”
Anthony Van Dyck’s Caulfield Cup effort prompted TAB to slash his worth to $11 — the identical worth on provide for Verry Elleegant.
Anthony Van Dyck takes out the English Derby in 2019. Picture: –
Racing Victoria monitoring information underlined the enormity of Anthony Van Dyck’s effort.
He ran 11m additional than Verry Elleegant — 2453 to 2442 — whereas making an attempt to run down the mare and clocking race-best sectionals from the 1600m to the 600m.
Prince Of Arran ran fourth after working seven metres additional than the winner and clocking the quickest final 400m of the race.
Comerford stated Wichita had emerged from leg surgical procedure in good order.
The horse is now recuperating at Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge property.
“There’s a protracted restoration forward however he’s good,” Comerford stated.
“We’re assured, all being properly, that he’ll make a full restoration and get again to the observe.”
Comerford stated Santiago was “OK” after the secure deserted spring plans.
“His motion simply went on him so we’ve stopped with him,” he stated. “He’ll be high quality.”
Zac Spain rides Oceanex to victory within the Port Adelaide Cup at Morphettville in May.
OCEANEX TO FOLLOW PRINCE PATH
Mick Price and Michael Kent junior will seek for Melbourne Cup success by following the “Prince Of Penzance 100-1 recipe.”
Price and Kent will ship the mare to the Moonee Valley Cup (2600m) on Saturday after which the November 3 Melbourne Cup, a program utilized by Prince Of Penzance in 2015.
A 100-1 bolter and ridden by Michelle Payne within the Melbourne Cup, Prince Of Penzance ran second to The United States after setting a searing mid-race tempo.
Price stated the choice of a number of Werribee-based gallopers to contest Wednesday’s Geelong Cup was a part of his technique.
“We’ve heard that there’s an excellent group of internationals going to the Geelong Cup so we’ll go to the Moonee Valley Cup,” he stated.
“I’m ready to see if Mark Zahra can trip it.
“We’ll go to Moonee Valley on Tuesday and have a gallop round after which the Moonee Valley Cup into the Melbourne Cup that approach.
“She’s going properly, I anticipate her to point out up in a Moonee Valley Cup.
“She’s run a spot round Moonee Valley. All she has to do is run a spot and we’re heading in the right direction. The Prince Of Penzance 100-1 recipe.”
As winner of The Andrew Ramsden in May, Oceanex is assured a begin within the Melbourne Cup.
“We generally is a bit relaxed about it. If you don’t must do one factor, you are able to do one other,” Price stated.
“You don’t should strain your self to qualify.
“She didn’t have a lot pleasure within the Turnbull as a result of we went ahead then she was posted deep and labored laborious. Normally that will matter lots in the event you’re attempting to get her up the order (of entry).
“She’s a Group 2 winner and has received a few black sort races different than that. She was solely two spots off getting a run within the Caulfield Cup.”
Racing Victoria stewards confirmed on Saturday Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old Santiago would miss the Melbourne Cup.
He was third favorite for the race.
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