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Queen Elizabeth II may miss the iconic Flemington Racecourse celebrations on the first Tuesday of November this year, but she could still be represented in the ‘race that stops a nation’ with her European raider Tactician being considered for a 2011 Melbourne Cup bid.
The Michael Bell-trained Motivator four-year-old has already been nominated for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), to run on October 15, with the Queen’s racing advisor John Warren looking at the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 1 as another aim for the progressive stayer.
“Given who owns him, it would stop the nation even more than usual,” Bell told The Times when speaking of Tactician and the Melbourne Cup.
“We don’t want to build everyone’s hopes up and then let them down, so there will be no definite decision until John Warren is finished with the sales at Deauville.”
Current 2011 Caulfield Cup odds at Australia’s premier online bookmaker Luxbet have Tactician sitting as a $151 outsider while in the Melbourne Cup 2011 betting markets the galloper is paying a generous $101 to win the world’s richest handicap.
To date Tactician has started 10 times for two wins and five minor placings.
Most recently they ran a narrow second in the time-honoured Betfred Ebor Heritage Handicap (2816m) when marred by the extreme outside barrier of the 20-horse field on August 20.
Prior to that run Tactician claimed their first stakes race when beating a quality field including Fox Hunt in the Listed John Smith’s Silver Cup (2816m) on July 9.
There consistent performances at home in Europe have taken their official rating to a level that should guarantee Tactician a start in the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup final fields this spring if the Queen chooses to send them to Australia for the spring.
“Tactician has been raised to 108 since the Ebor and I’m told that will guarantee him a run,” Bell said.
Bell has never had the pleasure of preparing a Melbourne Cup runner and believes the well-bred Tactician, without doubt, has the ability to get to the two-miles of the lucrative feature.
“He will definitely get the trip and although I’ve never had a runner in the race, I believe you need a horse this on the way up rather than down,” he said.
“Everyone in Australia would love him to come and we will decide soon.”
There is a chance that come Melbourne Cup Day 2011, Tactician will face a horse formerly owned by the Queen in the now Chris Waller-trained My Kingdom Of Fife.
The Kingmambo six-year-old was formerly prepared by esteemed European trainer Sir Michael Stoute for the Queen before being sold to Australian connections.
My Kingdom Of Fife has had four starts for Waller in Australia, winning their opening three races including the aptly named Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), before finishing a close second behind Scenic Shot last start in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) on May 21.
Waller has indicated that they will resume in the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 3 before a decision is made on whether to vie for a Group 1 in Sydney before heading down to Melbourne for their Cups campaign.
“My Kingdom Of Fife will resume in the Chelmsford Stakes and then we will decide whether he goes straight to Melbourne for the spring or has another run or two here,” Waller said.
Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet have My Kingdom Of Fife as a $21 chance to become this year’s Melbourne Cup winner.
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