William Mullins’ Irish galloper Max Dynamite will miss this week’s Goodwood Cup Carnival and instead look to put himself in the Melbourne Cup 2016 frame via a hurdle run on Wednesday at home.
The French-bred Great Journey gelding ran a brave second in last year’s Galway Hurdle (3219m) before success in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3300m) on the flat at York Racecourse in the UK.
Max Dynamite then travelled to Australia for a first-up raid on the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.
He started a $10 hope in Melbourne Cup betting despite having had no earlier spring lead-up down under into the ‘race that stops a nation’ and didn’t disappoint crossing a half-length away second behind Darren Weir’s upset champion Prince Of Penzance ($101).
A host of international Melbourne Cup hopes run this Thursday in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup over the two miles, including the defending champ Big Orange who ran fifth in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
Max Dynamite meanwhile will miss the Goodwood races in England and instead race at home in Ireland on Wednesday in the Galway Hurdle looking to improve on his second in the event 12 months ago.
The galloper however needs to improve on his disappointing last start 10th from June 16 at Ascot behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m).
Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George ($11) leads the current all-in Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au followed by Max Dynamite ($17).
Max Dynamite could firm in betting however with a strong jumps’ performance this week according to Racing Victoria’s international talent scout Leigh Jordon.
“He ran in the same race last year before he went to the Lonsdale Cup and won emphatically and then he obviously came to Melbourne and ran second in the Cup so it will also be worth keeping an eye on the Galway Hurdle,” Jordon said.
Jordon is also keeping a close eye on Friday’s Group 3 Glorious Stakes (2400m) at Goodwood, the winner of which is exempt from Caulfield Cup ballot in Melbourne on October 15.
The last European horse to win the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) was the Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden (2012) who won the previous year’s Melbourne Cup for France.
Key hopes in this week’s Glorious Stakes with an eye on a 2016 Caulfield Cup bid include Ralph Beckett’s recent Duke Of Edinburgh winner Kinema along with the Roger Varian-trained Battersea and stablemate Mount Logan.
“Kinema won the Duke Of Edinburgh and he needs to win this race to get into the Caulfield Cup and connections are well aware of that,” Logan said.
“There’s also a couple of Roger Varian-trained horses in the race in Battersea and Mount Logan and I’m keen to see what they can do because Roger’s expressed that’s he’s keen to bring horses back to Australia.”
Battersea is coming off a fourth to Big Orange in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2414m), while Mount Logan ran fourth to the Queen-owned Melbourne Cup hope Dartmouth in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes last time out.
The international raiders don’t have as strong a precent in the early Caulfield Cup betting odds as in the Melbourne Cup, markets led by Chris Waller’s Cox Plate winning mare Winx ($15).
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