Rialya Still 2012 Melbourne Cup Bound

Adelaide Cup winner Rialya has been cleared of serious injury and will continue on the Melbourne Cup 2012 path this spring.

Lloyd Kennewell’s Morphettville-based Kempinsky gelding, winner of the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over the two miles back in March, drew concern after their distant ninth last Saturday when racing third-up in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield.

“I thought he had a really good run in transit and probably one-batted down the straight,” Kennewell said of the run.

“To be honest, I expected a top-five finish and it wasn’t there.

“Sure enough, I got him home and he was a little bit tentative on one leg.”

They pulled up sore after that performance behind the now Caulfield Cup ballot exempt Folding Gear and Kennewell immediately thought their spring, and the Melbourne Cup dream, may be over.

There was good news for the tougher stayer and their dedicated trainer earlier this week however with scans revealing no real damage allowing the all clear to continue onwards to the $2.65 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 6, 2012.

“On Sunday, I thought we were going to come home with our tail between our legs – it was going to be 6-12 months out. But, on Monday, we got some good news,” Kennewell said on Tuesday.

“We’re happy it’s not what we thought it was. He will be OK. He’s probably jarred up as much as anything.”

Originally Rialya was going to back up in this Friday night’s Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) under the lights at Moonee Valley.

The minor setback however has seen Kennewell reschedule their next race as the $120,000 Listed The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on October 6.

“He’ll go around on Saturday week in the Bart Cummings at Flemington – he’ll just need that extra week to get over it,” Kennewell said.

A win in The Bart Cummings would hopefully see Rialya, currently sitting 49th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry, receive a weight penalty and move up the ballot.

“Hopefully, we can really fine tune him and screw him down early next week, have a good gallop and be ready for the Bart Cummings,” Kennewell said.

“The one aim is to try and get him into the Melbourne Cup, but you don’t like a setback midway through the preparation for a long staying race, it makes it awfully difficult.

“I’ve just got to keep an eye on him, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a big turnaround next week.”

In the latest Melbourne Cup betting odds at bookmaker.com.au Rialya is a $201 roughie with markets led by the Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos ($10).

Melbourne Cup 2012 first acceptances will be taken by Racing Victoria on Tuesday October 9.

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