Arc Wins Out over 2012 Melbourne Cup for Salomina

Australian-owned German Oaks winning mare Salomina is likely to stay in Europe and head towards the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France instead of a trip down under for the Melbourne Cup 2012 this spring according to her connections.

Lucas Cranach

Lucas Cranach is considered Australian Bloodstock's number one chance in the 2012 Melbourne Cup

Prepared by Peter Schiergen in Germany the four-year-old daughter of Lomitas is undefeated to date having won all three of her starts, most recently the Group 1 Preis der Diana (2200m), also known as the German Oaks, at Düsseldorf Racecourse back in early July.

That win saw her new connections Australian Bloodstock name the prestigious €4,000,000 Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) at Longchamp Racecourse on October 7 as a genuine new season target for her.

“You only really get one chance in a race like the Arc,” Murrell, who purchased Salomina along with his business partner Jamie Lovett back in June, said.

“She’ll have to go there now.”

If she goes to the Arc Salomina would be out toe imulate her stablemate Danedream from 12 months ago who won the German Oaks – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe double.

“According to the trainer she is more advanced than Danedream at the same stage of their careers,” Murrell said.

“That’s not to say she is going to turn out better, but I’m a firm believer horses only improve in their second preparation and she is still in her first.”

There was also talk of a visit to Australia for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival where a run in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November would be considered.

The 2012 Melbourne Cup however has all but been ruled out for Salomina with Australian Bloodstock confident they will already be well represented in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Among their contingent is the Anthony Freedman-trained German import Lucas Cranach, third in last year’s Melbourne Cup to Dunaden.

In the early Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Lucas Cranach is rated a $21 chance, equal with the likes of 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain who finished a gallant fourth in the classic last year having come from dead last.

Australian Bloodstock’s other major Melbourne Cup player in 2012 is then Mawingo ($26), another top stayer from Germany currently prepared by Mornington-based Freedman.

The Tertullian four-year-old made an instant impact down under during the autumn-winter season progressing on from their first-up win down the Flemington mile to win the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in May.

They were last seen finishing third behind Doomben Cup runner-up Lights Of Heaven in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (24000m) at Eagle Farm on June 9 and are tipped for improvement next time in.

“She is second favourite for the Arc now and as much as we’d like to bring her down here for a Caulfield or a Melbourne Cup, we believe we have already got the horses in Lucas Cranach and Mawingo for those races,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell said of Salomina on Monday.

“She would be handicapped as a four-year-old in our Cups whereas as a three-year-old (in Europe) she gets weight relief in the Arc.

“And three-year-old fillies have such a terrific record in the race.”

There was also a chance that Salomina would back up from the Arc and head to Asia for the 2012 Japan Cup at the end of November.

“We paid a lot of money for her at the stage where she was at but it’s not a lot now when you are looking at an Arc and Japan Cup preparation,” Murrell said.

“Jamie and I joked about (such a campaign) because we knew she was good without knowing how good.”

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