Today at England’s Sandown Racecourse a host of 2013 Melbourne Cup chances will be on show including two Godolphin-owned stayers Cavalryman and Colour Vision facing off in the Group 2 Henry II Stakes (3300m).
Racing giants Godolphin have had a plethora of horses run in the world’s richest handicap over the years, and while they’ve played the bridesmaids on a number of occasions, the Melbourne Cup trophy has so far eluded them.
Lining up stayers in the ‘race that stops a nation’ since 1998 when Faithful Son finished seventh to Jezabeel, Godophin’s best Melbourne Cup results have been four seconds and a third most recently with Crime Scene who was runner-up to Shocking in 2009.
This year they will try their luck in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 5 again.
Two horses in their likely Melbourne Cup contingent are the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained duo Cavalryman and Colour Vision running in the UK today.
Halling seven-year-old Cavalryman may be getting on in years but was in flying form during March with a close first-up third to Jakkalberry in the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold (2410m) and then their big three length victory over Ahzeemah in the Group 3 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) at Meydan.
A former Group 1 winner when prepared in France back in 2009, Cavalryman travelled down under last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival but could only manage to finish eight lengths away 12th to Green Moon in the Melbourne Cup.
According to Racing Victoria’s international recruiter Leigh Jordon however that was a much better ran than the place suggests.
“Cavalryman contested last year’s Melbourne Cup and actually ran the fastest last 1000 metres in the race,” Jordon said.
“He won the Group 3 Dubai Gold Cup over 3200m at Meydan in March and we’ll be watching him and his stablemate Colour Vision for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups (this year).”
Colour Vision meanwhile hasn’t raced since the Rainbow Quest gelding was pulled up in the Group 3 British Champions Long Distance Cup (3218m) in the mud at Ascot last October and trotted over the line 90 lengths off the winner Rite Of Passage.
Prior to that the grey was a competitive third to Molly Malone in the Group 1 Prix Du Cardran (4000m) in France, the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup winner from last June not having raced outside of Europe as yet.
Cavalryman is currently rated a $51 chance in the futures Melbourne Cup odds which have four horses at the top of the markets with Fiorente, Mount Athos, Puissance De Lune and Sea Moon all at a quote of $11.
Another Melbourne Cup 2013 bound galloper in the Henry II Stakes today is then Times Up, the Olden Times gelding having won back-to-back Group 2 races last prep over the two miles last prep.
“Times Up is having his first start for Ed Dunlop after he was previously trained by his father John who retired last year,” Jordon said.
“He won the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup and the Group 2 Doncaster Cup last season and we will be watching him from a Melbourne Cup perspective.”
Also on show at the Sandown meet today are two 2013 Cox Plate possibilities with the Luca Cumani-trained Danadana and David Lanigan’s Main Sequence who run in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.
Fancy an early Melbourne Cup bet at the generous pre-nomination markets?