Melbourne Cup Winner Shocking, So You Think & Faint Perfume Trial at Flemington

August 2, 2010

Melbourne Cup Winner Shocking, So You Think & Faint Perfume Trial at Flemington

A number of star spring hopefuls including 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking took to the track at Flemington on Friday in winter practice trials in preparation for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking was the surprise winner of last year’s Melbourne Cup and is preparing to make it back-to-back wins in the world’s richest handicap on Tuesday November 2.

Other champion runners in the 800m jump-outs at Flemington last week included current 2010 Melbourne Cup favourite Faint Perfume and 2009 Cox Plate winner So You Think.

VRC Oaks winning mare Faint Perfume, trained by the legendary Bart Cummings, is currently sitting at the top of the SportingBet pre-nomination markets for the Melbourne Cup at $15.

Faint Perfume is one of a number of stable stars aiming to give Cummings his unprecedented 13th Melbourne Cup victory this November, and was joined in the trials on Friday by So You Think.

So You Think worked well on the steeple course at Flemington, jockey Michael Rodd reporting the horse felt good and had come back from his spell in top form.

Cumming has named this Saturday’s Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at the same track as the four-year-olds first up spring start.

Meanwhile, Faint Perfume is expected to resume racing the following week in the Group 2 J J Liston Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, where she will likely face off against Saturday’s Bletchingly Stakes winner Shoot Out.

Local trainer David Hayes also enjoyed an early boost of confidence for the spring with solid trial wins by two of his top thoroughbreds, Irish Lights and Shaaheq.

Both were impressive on Friday and will come back in a fortnight, Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) and Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Shaaheq in the Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

Fastnet Rock mare Irish Light’s main spring target will be the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 18, while improving filly Shaaheq could possibly be aimed at the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

2010 Melbourne Cup nominations close tomorrow, Tuesday August 3, and we will be the first to publish the list of horses vying for a spot in the 24-runner final field.

With the announcement of the nominations, betting markets for the Melbourne Cup will begin to heat up at bookies around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au.

Make sure you get in early to secure the best Melbourne Cup odds and bookmark this page to read the latest Melbourne Cup news and view the final field and form for the 150th edition of this great race.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field