French Connections Team Up with ATB to Run Tiberian in Cup

It is only August, but for internationals that want to have a run in the Melbourne Cup in November, the planning is underway. For health reasons, overseas horses have to go through quarantine and that commences on September 28.

A French stayer named Tiberian is targeted for the Cup. Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (ATB) purchased a 50 percent share in the horse. ATB owner Darren Dance thought that Tiberian was, “…the right sort of horse with the right credentials at the time.”

Tiberian is trained by France’s Alain Couetil. The horse most recently won the Group 3 Prix d’Hedouville at 2400 m, along with another Group 3 race, the Prix de Reux at 2500 m and the Prix del la Porte de Madrid, a French Listed race, at 2400 m.

The five-year-old has jumped 15 starts for five wins and four seconds. His French connections plan to start him one more time before entering quarantine ahead of the trip to Australia. It had been planned to run him in the Goodwood, but that plan was laid aside as Tiberian is a firm track horse and Australian tracks of late have been nothing but soft.

Tiberian is by Tiberius Caesar from Toamasina; both of France, but his lines further back include many from the USA, Germany and Britain. As is true for many northern hemisphere horses, Danzig, Northern Dancer and Nearctic blood is prominent.

ATB has never won the Melbourne Cup, but they have three top-five finishes in the last five, including a second last year when Heartbreak City ran second to Almandin.

Tiberian qualified for the Cup by winning two Group 3s of 2400 m or beyond and Dance expects him to get around 54 kg for the Cup. There are no plans to run him prior to the Cup and he will come over with the second group of internationals.

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