There is yet another European import on the road to the Melbourne Cup (3200m) with New Zealand-born trainer Mike Moroney setting German stayer Araldo for an ambitious Cups campaign.
The lightly raced five-year-old was a fair performer in Germany, winning the Listed Preis Des Casino Baden (2616m) before running third in the Group 1 Preis Von Europa (2414m) at Cologne and finishing fourth behind European superstar Novellist in the Gran Premio Del Jockey Club Italiano (2414m) at San Siro.
Moroney has a very high opinion of the son of High Chaparral and is hopeful that he can develop into a true staying talent during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
“He’s a lovely type of horse and he brings with him a good staying ability and he is very lightly raced for his age,” Moroney told Racing Victoria.
“I had planned on a trip to Queensland to race him but we ran out of time so I decided to aim for the spring.
“He’s got a bit to do to try and qualify for the Cups but we’re keen to give it a go this year.”
Moroney is no stranger to Melbourne Cup success having won the prestigious race with Brew back in 2000.
Brew won the Saab Quality (now known as the Lexus Stakes) on Victoria Derby Day to qualify for the Melbourne Cup and carried the bottom weight of 49.5kg to record the biggest ever win for Moroney and launch the career of jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
Moroney has also had past success with imported European stayers, preparing the enigmatic Glass Harmonium for his victories in the 2011 Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) and 2011 Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
Araldo is currently a clear outsider in 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets and is rated an $81 chance.
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