Dunaden: provided a career highlight for Christophe Lemaire when winning the Melbourne Cup in 2011

Dunaden: supplied a profession spotlight for Christophe Lemaire when successful the Melbourne Cup in 2011

Scott Barbour

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Christophe Lemaire has been booked to trip the Ian Williams-trained Gold Mount in Australia’s maximum prestigious race subsequent month.

The Japan-based rider lately described victory aboard Dunaden within the flagship match in 2011 as “the best second of his profession” and can go back to Flemington on November Five to spouse Gold Mount, a normal 33-1 probability.

Gold Mount seeks to safe his Melbourne Cup spot by way of completing within the first 8 in Saturday’s Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, the place he’ll be ridden by way of New Zealand jockey Mark Du Plessis.

Gold Mount: Indexed winner at York this season

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Williams, who saddled his first runner within the Melbourne Cup ultimate 12 months when Magic Circle completed down the sphere, stated: “Gold Mount has been running very properly and it looks as if he’s going to get a spot within the Caulfield Cup.

“We are hopeful he can run smartly there after which take his position within the Melbourne Cup. 

“His house owners had been prepared to visit Australia since he completed fourth within the Dubai Gold Cup in March. Now we have booked Mark Du Plessis for the Caulfield Cup and Christophe Lemaire for the Melbourne Cup.”

Gold Mount, who received the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot for Alan King in 2016 when named Primitivo previous to being purchased to race in Hong Kong, is a best possible value 28-1 with Sky Guess to win the Caulfield Cup.

Gold Mount, up to now named Primitivo, used to be a Royal Ascot winner in 2016

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He is about to stand his John Smith’s Silver Cup conqueror Purple Verdon within the A$5.15 million (£2.77m/€3.17m) contest after the Ed Dunlop-trained six-year-old happy the instructor’s travelling staff in morning workout at Werribee on Monday.

Purple Verdon suffered lameness in his off fore on Friday night however is now sound and bids to move one higher than the three-time Melbourne Cup 2d Purple Cadeaux, who used to be additionally owned by way of Ronald Arculli, later within the Spring Carnival.

Robin Trevor-Jones, travelling head groom for Dunlop, stated on Monday morning: “I used to be proud of the way in which he moved and his paintings rider instructed me he feels sensible.

“There’s a large race in Purple Verdon and granted a excellent gallop there could be no reason he may just now not cross rather well on Saturday.

Purple Verdon (proper) beat Gold Mount (centre) at York in July

Martin Lynch

“It’s the landlord’s dream to win the Melbourne Cup and I couldn’t give an explanation for how it could really feel if we did it as we went so shut with Purple Cadeaux thrice, who used to be an improbable horse for us.”

Purple Verdon is a normal 50-1 shot to win the Caulfield Cup and 66-1 with guess365 to land the Melbourne Cup.

Ebor fourth Raymond Tusk is a showed Caulfield Cup absentee with instructor Richard Hannon favouring heading instantly to the Melbourne Cup simply over two weeks later.


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FIRST PUBLISHED 3:59PM, OCT 14 2019



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