Saeed Bin Suroor’s flying British stayer Colour Vision could be just the horse to break Godolphin’s hoodoo in the ‘race that stops a nation’, Racing Victoria’s international talent scout Leigh Jordon singling them out as a genuine 2012 Melbourne Cup chance.
The grey Rainbow Quest five-year-old has won six of their 18 career starts to date including their last two on the trot and has all but been confirmed as a raider travelling to Victoria to target the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 6, 2012 at Flemington.
“Simon Crisford (Godolphin’s Racing Manager) has confirmed that they will be targeting the race again this year and I’m certainly encouraging them to bring Colour Vision out,” Jordon said.
Experienced over the two-miles that the Melbourne Cup (3200m) is run over, Colour Vision has had seven starts over distances ranging from 3000m to 4023m producing four wins and three minor placings.
After a first-up win in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes (3218m) at Kempton Park in May, which was their debut for Bin Suroor having previously been prepared by Mark Johnston and in which they defeated last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, Colour Vision was last seen beating home Opinion Poll in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) on June 21.
International racing giant Godolphin tasted success in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s other cup classic winning the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup with All The Good back in 2008.
Godolphin first attempted to win the Melbourne Cup back in 1998 and have managed four minor placegetters over the years with Central Park (2nd to Rogan Josh in 1999), Give The Slip (2nd to Ethereal in 2001), Beekeeper (3rd to Media Puzzle in 2002) and most recently Crime Scene (2nd to Shocking in 2009).
This year they could complete the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double with Colour Vision, despite the poor record of Ascot Gold Cup winners in the world’s richest handicap.
Three have backed up from the Royal Ascot showdown to line-up in the Melbourne Cup field with Drum Taps (1992), Double Trigger (1995) and four time Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats but all were unplaced at Flemington.
If any horse can change this however it is Colour Vision according to Jordon.
“There’s been a bit made of the Ascot Gold Cup winners being too one-paced for the Melbourne Cup given it’s run over 4000 metres and history probably shows that to be the case,” he said.
“But Colour Vision is different. He’s got the turn of the foot that some of those horses lacked, whilst obviously having the staying ability and class for this elite level.
“Those who saw him win first-up over two miles at Kempton when he defeated Red Cadeaux will know that he’s got the speed to be a real factor in a Melbourne Cup.”
The only thing that may stop Colour Vision in the Melbourne Cup is their likely heavy weight allocation under the handicap conditions, but everything else points to success says Jordon.
“Weight may be the deciding factor, but he has all the right ingredients,” he said.
Colour Vision races in tonight’s Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3200m) at 12:15am (AET).
Melbourne Cup 2012 nominations will be taken on Tuesday September 4, 2012.
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