After news one-time favourite Puissance De Lune has been withdrawn from the 2013 Melbourne Cup after pulling up lame post-Cox Plate, their regular rider Glen Boss has snared another ride in the famous Flemington feature aboard the David Hayes-import Jet Away.
Boss had been one of the biggest advocates of the Darren Weir-trained former French galloper Puissance De Lune winning this November’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) after guiding them to a five length win in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
He continued to sing the Shamardal six-year-old praises this preparation despite Puissance De Lune failing to win another race since their first-up effort in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) back in August.
The three-time Melbourne Cup winning hoop missed the mount on the stallion on the weekend due to suspension however and had to watch their horror effort when 12th behind upset winner Shamus Award in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) from the sidelines where the horse was ridden by Ben Melham.
Darren Weir’s six-year-old was found to be lame post-race however with owner Gerry Harvey ruling them out of a Melbourne Cup acceptance, a veterinary examination this morning to determine whether their future lies in racing or the breeding barn.
While disappointed his hot Melbourne Cup tip would not be there in Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 5, Boss will still be in the mix for his fourth ‘Loving Trophy’ having been booked to ride Jet Away.
Hayes’ Cape Cross seven-year-old was a $13 fancy in Melbourne Cup betting after the Cox Plate and before this morning’s second acceptances for the ‘race that stops a nation’.
A winner of back-to-back races back in March in their maiden two runs down under, Jet Away retuned with a seventh to subsequent Cox Plate runner-up Happy Trails in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 5.
They improved on that effort when stepped up to the mile and a half in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) however running a brave fourth behind Fawkner and putting themselves right in the Melbourne Cup picture.
They held front running with 800m to go in the Caulfield Cup before being run down, a ride that cost jockey Damien Oliver his association with the horse.
Jet Away will now run in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington this Saturday, Victoria Derby Day, and if they win they will back-up in the Melbourne Cup.
They are currently 38th in the order of entry, pre-second acceptances, and need to win the Mackinnon in order to assure a spot in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field.
“It will be an interesting clash between he and (Cox Plate runner-up) Happy Trails,” Hayes told the Herald Sun speaking of Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes.
Stay tuned to view the official Melbourne Cup 2013 second acceptances and updated order of entry due out shortly.
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