Could the French claim their third straight Melbourne Cup in 2012? The connections of Tac De Boistron will be praying the answer is yes with their classy six-year-old to be aimed at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors including the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington.
Take Risks gelding Tac De Boistron is the latest international to be given a big spring agenda down under this year, the French galloper to be prepared in Cranbourne by Michael Kent for their time in Oz having recently been purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (ATB).
Formerly prepared in France by Alain Lyon, Tac De Boistron emerged as a Melbourne Cup hope late last year when jockey Christophe Soumillon rode them to victory and subsequently declared them as just the type of horse one would want to bring to Victoria for the spring riches.
“Christophe Soumillon rode him in his win just before Christmas and also at his last win and he suggested to the trainer that he was a horse they should be looking at the Melbourne Cup with,” Racing Victoria’s international scout Leigh Jordon said.
“So he’s obviously very highly-rated over there.”
Tac De Boistron has to date won four of their 22 career starts, most recently in the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil (2800m) in mid-July.
Earlier this week Tac De Boistron was one of the 222 nominations taken for this year’s $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), due to run on Saturday October 20, which included a record number of international raiders.
ATB are also not ruling out a shot at the world’s richest handicap with the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 6 also on the agenda should Tac De Boistron progress to that level.
Among the horses Tac De Boistron defeated last time out are two other Caulfield Cup nominees in Vadamar (2nd) and Shahwardi (3rd) , prepared by former Melbourne Cup winning trainers Mikel Delzangles (Dunaden, 2011) and Alain de Royer Dupre (Americain, 2010) respectively.
They are also no stranger to longer staying distances having taken out the Listed Prix Denisy (3100m) last November, while they finished third to OTI’s recent acquisition and spring hopeful Prairie Star in the Group 3 Prix de Barbeville (3100m) in April.
“He’s probably flown under the radar a little, but his formline is very good,” Jordon said.
“He’s a solid horse that’s been running good races in Listed company and last start he really stepped up to the mark.
“His last run was very good, he showed a very good turn of foot and was a bit unlucky in the run too and would have been a good thing beaten if he hadn’t have won.
“The way the French horses have performed the past two years he puts himself right in the mix.”
In the latest Caulfield Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Tac De Boistron is only rated a 101-1 shot, and they are yet to even be added to the pre-nomination Melbourne Cup betting markets.
ATB also have the likes of Storming Home six-year-old Jakkalberry heading towards the Caulfield Cup 2012, while their younger half-brother Crackerjack King will be targeted towards the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.