Today a number of Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bound Europeans will run at the UK’s Sandown Racecourse including two possible runners in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate 2013 at Moonee Valley in October.
While much of the meeting’s hype will surround the Godolphin Pair in Line for the Melbourne Cup 2013 with Cavalryman and Colour Vision coming up against each other in the Group 2 Henry II Stakes (3300m), there will also be plenty of attention on the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes (2018m).
Won 12 months ago by the then Sir Michael Stoute-trained Carlton House who is now prepared in Australia by Gai Waterhouse, the Brigadier Gerard Stakes will this year feature two gallopers eyeing off a trip down under for the $3.5 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m).
Esteemed Newmarket-based horseman Luca Cumani will saddle-up his Dubawi stallion Danadana while the other Cox Plate 2013 hope in the field is David Lanigan’s Main Sequence.
Danadana was last seen resuming off a lengthy eight and a half month spell to win the Group 3 Huxley Stakes (2080m) at Chester in early May, an effort they will look to repeat as the lightly-raced stayer vies for their sixth career win from 12 starts.
Aldebaran gelding Main Sequence meanwhile is also second-up at Sandown today having run a distant third beaten over 10 lengths when found out in the closing stages of the Listed Buckhounds Stakes (2414m) at Ascot on May 11.
The European four-year-old (five in Australian terms) however is capable of more having displayed their class winning their opening four career starts including the Group 3 Betfred Derby Trial Stakes (2414m) 12 months ago before their second to Camelot in the Group 1 Epsom Downs Derby (2423m) and close fourth beaten only one and a half lengths by Imperial Monarch in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix De Paris (2400m).
Pre-nomination Cox Plate betting is already open at Australia’s leading online bookies with markets led by Murray Baker’s four time Group 1 winning High Chaparral colt It’s A Dundeel ($4.20).
Danadana and Main Sequence meanwhile are yet to be added to the markets but will enter calculations with a good effort today having already caught the eye of Racing Victoria’s chief international recruiter Leigh Jordon.
“Main Sequence ran second in the Epsom Derby last year behind Camelot and we’re watching him as a possible Cox Plate contender,” Jordan said.
“Danadana was (also) very impressive winning his last start at Chester, he’s got a good strike-rate and is an improving type.”
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