Cox Plate Melbourne and Caulfield Cup Money Lures Brit Horses
The Australian spring racing carnivals often attract overseas horses and their connections. Most of the big money races in Europe and the U.S. are out of the way and Australia has often provided lucrative for the traveling raiders, even if the logistics can prove daunting.
England’s Charlie Appleby may be back. He had a good haul last spring, winning the Bendigo and Cranbourne Cups and he turned up a third in the Cox Plate with Folkswood.
Of course, so long as a certain Sydney mare in running in the Cox Plate, Appleby may be taking the view that second place prizemoney is enough of an attraction to bring Folkswood down under for a second try.
Folkswood was soundly thrashed by Wins in the 2017 Cox Plate, beaten almost five lengths, but the $220,000 third place money might have been the ideal salve for a wounded ego.
Appleby brought others along as well. One of those was Street Spun, good for a win and $36,000 in a benchmark 78 race at Moonee Valley.
Another of Appleby’s horses, Old Persian, won a staying race at Royal Ascot, so the young colt might be pointed at the Caulfield Cup.
Another Newmarket based trainer, Saeed Bin Suroor won the 2008 Caulfield Cup with All the Good. He works for Goldolphin and has reportedly accepted an invitation from the Moonee Valley Race Club to run Benbatl in the Cox Plate. More Winx fodder.
Benbatl seems to have the goods up until 1600 metres, but not beyond.
Hughie Morrison may be back with Marmelo and the stayer was fairly impressive in the Caulfield Cup, finishing sixth. Marmelo started equal favourite in the Melbourne Cup, but finished in the middle of the pack. This time, Morrison intends to keep Marmelo fresh and run the horse in the Melbourne Cup only.
Beckhampton’s Roger Charlton will bring Withhold over. That stayer currently enjoys the top line for the Melbourne Cup. This far ahead, the price on Withhold is at $19, but that will shorten as the race moves closer and the horse is a proven performer at distance.