Goldolphin Considering Irish Colt Antiquarium for Possible 2016 Melbourne Cup Try
The Goldolphin racing operation is being rather coy at the moment, but Northumberland Plate winner Antiquarium may be making a trip to Flemington for a 2016 Melbourne Cup try.
The Irish colt was sired by New Approach. His dam was Antilla. His lines are predominantly British with a little bit of a U.S. background, and seemingly true of all good gallopers from the northern hemisphere, there is Canadian blood from Northern Dancer, Nijinsky and Nearctic coursing through his veins.
Antiquarium has made five starts, winning three and placing in another. That may seem like a light workload for a colt foaled in 2012, but he may be racing for another three seasons or more.
His connections at Goldolphin, of whom it may be said that they know one or two things regarding horses, must think that Antiquarium has the ability, otherwise, why would they go to the expense to ship him to Australia.
The Northumberland Plate was just the second start of the season for 2016, but his easy 1-1/4 length victory over essentially Melbourne Cup distance at England’s Newcastle racecourse would certainly suggest to some at Goldolphin that they have a competent stayer in Antiquarium.
This year’s Northumberland Plate was run for the first time on an artificial all-weather surface known as Tapeta.