One time fancy for the spring cups in Melbourne two years ago the Ciaron Maher-trained Moudre is back stronger than ever after an extended, injury-enforced spell set for a return ahead of the 2012 Melbourne Cup in November.
The Belvic gelding was touted as one of the genuine chances heading into the 2010 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ thanks to performances like their narrow second to subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Americain in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2406m).
They failed to make the field for the 150th edition of the world’s richest handicap however when they finished fourth to Maluckyday, who went on to run second to Americain in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington, in the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m).
In a small consolation prize for Moudre’s connections the galloper went on to win the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2600m) on Emirates Stakes Day before being sent out for a spell.
Moudre failed to come back in the autumn however with three unplaced runs, the stayer last seen running ninth to 2009 Melbourne Cup hero Shocking in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 12, 2011.
They were forced to miss last year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival after suffering a tendon injury to their off-front leg last August.
Maher is now gearing up for a new spring campaign with the returning Moudre the young Victorian horseman, and former jumps jockey, confident the horse is back to full fitness and strength having had them back in work for the past fortnight.
“Moudre has been back in work for two weeks,” Maher said.
“He looks a million dollars. His action is very good. He’s bigger and better.
“He spent about 10 weeks up at Peter Morgan’s pre-training complex near Seymour early in his rehabilitation and that did him the world of good.
“We decided to give him no treatment for the injury.
“We just gave him a rehabilitation program and it appears to have worked well. He did a lot of his early rehab on a water walker.”
He has penciled in the $300,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday September 8 as the first-up run for the gallant galloper with their grand final goal being the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 6, 2012.
“We’ve got to put a bit of work into him before the Makybe Diva Stakes but we’ve got time on our side. A race like the Makybe Diva is an ideal race to kick him off in,” Maher said.
“Our long-term aim is the Melbourne Cup. I think we’re still qualified for the Melbourne Cup as we won the Queens Cup back in 2010.”
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