A notable performer over each of his racing campaigns since first debuting on course in the spring of 2008, Bart and James Cummings have confirmed veteran stayer Precedence will have a last-minute change of silks ahead of next Tuesday’s 2014 Melbourne Cup.
Having sported the famous black and white check pattern with yellow sleeves of Dato’ Tan Chin Nam in each of his 62 competitive starts to date, the same colours as four of Bart Cummings’ 12 Melbourne Cup champions, Precedence will instead line up with jockey Michael Rodd wearing dark green with light green spots – colours made famous by New Zealand studmaster Sir Patrick Hogan.
Part-owned and bred by Hogan’s Cambridge Stud, Precedence will line up for his fourth attempt on the Melbourne Cup next week, having finished eighth in 2010, 11th in 2011 and 9th in the 2012 edition most recently; missing a start in 2013 after being balloted out of contention.
The sole entrant from Team Cummings in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, Precedence is aiming to become the first nine-year-old winner of the Race That Stops a Nation and complete the baker’s dozen of victories in the headline event for Australia’s legendary thoroughbred trainer.
While missing a position in last year’s edition of the Melbourne Cup, Precedence continued to impress over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, undoubtedly highlighted by a strong run for second in the Benalla Cup (2046m) and back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m).
Returning in typically competitive form over a short autumn and winter preparation this year, the son of Zabeel ran third behind champion mare Streama in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) first-up before placing second in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben most notably on May 24th.
Steadily building to the task over three starts this time, Precedence finished off the pace of Late Charge when 12th in the Listed Sofitel Open (1400m) first-up on September 13th before placing a credible fifth in each of the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) and Moonee Valley Cup most recently.
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