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UK trainer Roger Varian arrived at Werribee, where his Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) hopeful My Ambivalent is stabled, for the first time today.
The six-year-old mare’s quirky behaviour and antics over the past month have been well documented, but Varian is pleased by the news.
The trainer said it was simply part of My Ambivalent’s personality to act up and anything different would have concerned the trainer.
“If she was as quiet as a lamb we would be concerned about her,” Varian told TVN.
“She comes with her quirks, but she has always had them. She is a mare that always has plenty of adrenalin pumping through her veins.
“She is a real performer. If you go back through her form she hasn’t run too many bad races.”
Varian is confident My Ambivalent will be able to handle the 100,000 strong crowd at Flemington on Tuesday, given she has travelled extensively and overcome big race day situations before.
She overcame the Dubai World Cup night fanfare in March to place third in the Group 1 Sheema Classic (2400m) as well as in Turkey for a runner-up finish in the Group 2 Bosphorus Cup (2400m) where the race preliminaries were “far from horse friendly” according to Varian.
My Ambivalent hasn’t had a start since June, where she finished fourth in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes (2000m). She was due to run in the Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 as a lead-in to the 2014 Melbourne Cup but was withdrawn due to a stone bruise.
As well as making her debut in Australian racing, My Ambivalent has not been tested beyond 2400 metres. But Varian said he’s under the impression the mare fits the profile to do well over the two-mile distance of the Melbourne Cup.
“I’ve heard that if you bring European two milers out you haven’t got the pace for the race,” Varian said.
“Everyone seems to think you need 10 furlong to 12 furlong European horses with a bit of quickness and stamina and that will be enough to see out two miles here.”
The mare is guaranteed a start in the 2014 Melbourne Cup but is a $41 shot in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au. With no form beyond 2400m metres, punters are shying away.
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