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The 2018 Melbourne Cup will be the long-term goal for Vengeur Masque after he returned to winning form with a very tough victory in the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington this afternoon.
Vengeur Masque narrowly missed out on a place in the 2017 Melbourne Cup when he was narrowly beaten in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) by Cismontane last Saturday and connections made the decision to chase the $100,000 bonus on offer for the winner of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes – if they had accepted for the Melbourne Cup.
Jockey Patrick Moloney made the surprise decision to take up the running on Vengeur Masuqe in the early stages of the race and that looked as though it may have been the wrong decision when a host of rivals loomed on his outside.
Grey Lion took up the fight to Vengeur Masuqe at the top of the straight and he looked as though he was going to run away with the victory, but Vengeur Masque kept on fighting and was too tough for his rival on the line.
Moloney timed his ride to perfection on Vengeur Masque, but he was quick to pay credit to the toughness that the horse showed in the final stages as well as the training performance of Mike Moroney.
“He was a bit dirty that he didn’t get into the Melbourne Cup I think and he didn’t want to lay down today,” Moloney said.
“As soon as he got challenged by that horse I knew I had a bit up my sleeve and he kept on fighting like a caged tiger.
“It was a bit of training genius from Mike – with the ear-muffs going on he has relaxed so well in his past two runs.”
Moroney revealed after the race that the plan was always to take up the running in the early stages of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and put the favourite Qewy under pressure.
The in-form trainer admitted that he was disappointed that Vengeur Masque had missed out on a Melbourne Cup start once again, but he is hopeful that the tough stayer will finally get his chance in 2018.
“We planned to lead and make the favourite carry his weight,” Moroney said.
“It really worked well.
“It was disappointing for us that he didn’t make the Melbourne Cup and I would have loved to run him this year as I really feel that he would have run well.
“He has just got that much stronger this time around and just like Brew he has improved out of his sight.
“I think next year he will be even better.”
Qewy started the race as a clear favourite, but he was unable to replicate his Bendigo Cup victory and he was one of the first horses beaten.
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2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results
|1||4||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||9||54.5kg||$6.50|
|2||7||GREY LION (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||0.75L||5||54kg||$26|
|3||10||WHEAL LEISURE||Archie Alexander||Dean Yendall||1.25L||2||54kg||$9.50|
|4||8||VIOLATE||Brent Stanley||James Winks||4.75L||6||54kg||$26|
|5||6||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Michael Dee||4.85L||7||54kg||$5|
|6||1||QEWY (IRE)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||7.1L||10||59kg||$3.20F|
|7||3||KIWIA||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||8.6L||4||55kg||$5|
|8||11||BETTYRAE RUBY||Tim Hughes||Corey Brown||8.7L||1||54kg||$101|
|9||5||COOL CHAP||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||16.7L||8||54kg||$16|
|10||9||TUNES||Grant Young||Noel Callow||28.7L||3||54kg||$101|
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