Maluckyday may have missed out on a run in this Saturday’s Caulfield Cup but the talented Zabeel gelding will continue their path towards the Melbourne Cup 2012 by running in the race that has produced the past two Melbourne Cup winners – the $250,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).
Held on Wednesday October 24 the Geelong Cup 2012 will again be contested this year by a field full of stayers heading towards the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 6.
The Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double has been completed by two horses in as many years with the French-trained duo Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) skyrocketing the first leg of the double into the forefront of the minds of many spring punters.
One Melbourne Cup bound galloper that will be there on Geelong Cup Day this year is the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained six-year-old Maluckyday.
Two years ago Maluckyday enjoyed a stellar spring campaign winning three races on the trot, including the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, before backing up on the first Tuesday of November to run a brave second to Americain in the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
A number of below par runs were to follow the injury-prone galloper over the next 12 months before the horse showed a nice improvement third-up this time in when running a length away second to the Robert Hickmott-trained Tanby in the Listed The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington on October 6.
Connections originally intended to run Maluckyday this weekend in the $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) but they failed to make it into the field and will have to delay their next run until mid-way through next week.
“He misses out on a Caulfield Cup berth so he’ll probably run in the Geelong Cup now,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.
They were also nominated for the $100,000 Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) at Royal Randwick this Saturday, a race they won back in 2010 during their winning streak leading up to their Melbourne Cup second, but the 60.5kg weight allocation ruled them out of contention.
“Weight sort of stopped him there unfortunately,” Hawkes said.
“Obviously had he got in with a bit lighter weight we would have brought him up and it probably would have been a good drawcard for the club.
“Unfortunately the handicappers didn’t see it that way.”
Confident they can reproduce another good run like in The Bart Cummings, the Geelong Cup will be a springboard into the other more important cup, Maluckyday assured of a spot in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup 2012 field sitting 15th on the latest order of entry.
“He’s ticking over nicely. Just purring,” Hawkes said.
“He’s guaranteed a start (in the Melbourne Cup) so he just has to keep ticking over.”
In the Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au they pay $21, markets co-lead by Green Moon and Mount Athos both paying $9.
2012 Geelong Cup nominations are due out 12:00pm (AEST) time today so stay tuned to view the full list of entries for this important Melbourne Cup lead-up.
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