Melbourne Cup 2012 Runners to head to 2012 Japan Cup

A number of 2012 Melbourne Cup runners will head to the 2012 Japan Cup (2400m) before travelling home to Europe including third placegetter Jakkalberry.


Jakkalberry is one of a number of Melbourne Cup participants who will now head to the Japan Cup.

Jakkalberry surprised many when he rounded out the placings behind Green Moon and Fiorente in the $6 million Melbourne Cup after being rated an $80 chance.

Trainer Marco Botti was always confident he would run a good race despite a disappointing lead-up in the Caulfield Cup and he is now set to race in his seventh country.

“We were hoping to finish in the first three and we did. Colm gave him a brilliant ride, he saved all the ground,” Botti said of the Melbourne Cup performance.

Likely to join him in Japan is Mount Athos who was considered among the favourites to win the Melbourne Cup and ran home strongly to finish fifth.

Stable foreman Charlie Henson said only poor recovery would see the six-year-old miss the Japan Cup while stablemate My Quest For Peace will head to the Hong Kong Vase.

“At this stage Mount Athos will go for the Japan Cup and My Quest For Peace to Hong Kong,” he said.

2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux failed to show the same spark this year when beaten six lengths in eighth place but is still in line to continue his campaign in Japan.

“We are still yet to make a 100 per cent confirmed decision but it will be more than likely that he goes to Japan,” trainer Ed Dunlop said.

Australian jockey Michael Rodd has expressed interest in continuing his association with Red Cadeaux if connections decide the Japan Cup is the best option.

Americain, who won the cup in 2010, is believed to have run his last race and is likely to be retired.

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