A stone bruise may have ruled her out of a shot at the Caulfield Cup a fortnight ago but UK trainer Roger Varian is confident his classy mare My Ambivalent is fit and ready to go in the Melbourne Cup 2014.
Original plans with the daughter of Authorized were to bring her down under on the back of some good 2000 – 2400m form back home and target a down under debut in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18.
Her spring campaign in Australian however suffered a setback when the six-year-old was scratched from the race with a stone bruise.
Monitored carefully since, she’s come on well and recovered 100% not missing enough work or condition to rule out running her first-up in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.
“I just arrived Thursday night,” Varian said on Saturday.
“She looks in good condition.
“She looks fit, well and healthy and ready to go on Tuesday.”
My Ambivalent passed a veterinary check last Tuesday with Racing Victoria’s chief vet Brian Stewart declaring her “sound and in good order” after watching her trot on the Werribee track.
This week then she will take on 23 rivals in the Melbourne Cup field vying for the prize in the world’s richest handicap race.
A winner of five of her 16 starts she’s only lightly raced but is yet to be tested over further than a mile and a half.
Her latest win was at York back in mid-May at Group 2 level against her own kind over 2092m.
A previous ride of jockey-turned-trainer Johnny Murtagh, who saddles up two runners in the Melbourne Cup this year in Mutual Regard ($13) and Royal Diamond ($51), My Ambivalent was last seen crossing fourth behind Thistle Bird in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Fillies’ Stakes (2011m) at The Curragh in Ireland on June 29.
While it has been a while between runs then her first-up record is strong and she gets into the Melbourne Cup weights with only 54.5kg, which is a full seven kilograms less than her 61.5kg from last time out.
For her past five starts the mare has been ridden by Andrea Atzeni who travels over the for the Melbourne Cup ride, the duo drawn in barrier four.
Barrier five has produced the past two Melbourne Cup winners in Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013) but the last from barrier four was back in 1987 with the Les Bridge-trained Kensei.
Varian also admitted that barrier four wasn’t the best place for My Ambivalent to jump from, the team preferring to be about midfield in the big 24 starter field, but said they would make their luck and it was better than being out in the carpark.
“I think it’s probably better than being too wide,” he said, saying that being drawn two, three or four spots higher would have been ideal.
The latest Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti ($5), the Japanese-trained stayer coming up trumps with barrier eight.
My Ambivalent meanwhile is a $41 outsider in the markets, Varian just thrilled to be there on Melbourne Cup Day in a race respected all around the world.
“We looked at coming over here for some time,” he said.
“I’m really excited.
“We’re back on track after the Caulfield Cup didn’t work out so hopefully she’ll show up well on Tuesday.
“It’s one of those races that’s steeped in history.”
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