How William Mullins’ veteran stayer Simenon performs in the Goodwood Cup over the two miles later this month in England will determine whether connections bring him back down under for a shot at the Melbourne Cup 2015 on the first Tuesday of November.
Back in 2013 the now eight-year-old Marju gelding ran a brave fourth to Fiorente in the world’s richest handicap beaten only two and a half lengths by Fiorente in that year’s Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Now Mullins is looking at a return to Flemington Racecourse this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for the $6.2 million classic following a recent form resurgence from the old warhorse.
Simenon has had two runs this year, the latest of which was a brave fourth behind the Ed Dunlop-trained Trip To Paris in the Group 1 Gold Cup (4000m) at Royal Ascot on June 18, a race he finished a neck away second to Estimate in back in 2013 and fourth in 12 months ago behind Leading Light.
This year’s Gold Cup was just Simenon’s second run since returning from a lengthy injury-enforced stint on the sidelines and showed he was on the up-and-up again despite his age.
Talks of a 2015 Melbourne Cup bid started then and will rev up further should he run well in the upcoming Group 2 Qatar Goodwood Cup (3219m) on July 30 according to owner Nick Peacock.
“Considering how far back he was and how far wide he had to come, I thought it was a jolly good run and he could, and probably should, have finished a bit closer,” Wicklow Bloodstock’s Peacock told the London media about the Gold Cup run.
“It was another great run from the horse and I think we’ll probably look at the Goodwood Cup for him now.
“He wants good ground. There isn’t a lot else coming up for him and we know he stays every yard of two miles.
“It depends on how he gets on, but I certainly wouldn’t dismiss it (another Melbourne Cup run).
“There is only one Melbourne Cup and neither Simenon nor myself are getting any younger!
“If everything goes well between now and then, I think there’s every chance he could go back to Australia.”
Also Melbourne Cup-bound out of the Gold Cup race last month is the winner Trip To Paris, the progressive Champs Elysees four-year-old in ace form having won four of his past five starts.
Ace bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au have Trip To Paris listed as a $26 shot in the latest all-in Melbourne Cup odds that are led by Japan’s Fame Game ($15).
Simenon is not currently featured in the futures Melbourne Cup betting markets but a dominant performance and confirmation of a trip to Victoria post-Goodwood Cup will ensure his inclusion.
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