Dunaden’s trainer Mikel Delzangles warmed up for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup when he celebrated Breeders’ Cup success with two-year-old filly Flotilla at Santa Anita on Friday.
The French trainer will return to Melbourne for the third time this month as Dunaden defends his Melbourne Cup crown.
”This is great, absolutely great,” he said. ”It was a good preliminary for Australia.”
Flotilla settled midfield before bursting through the field as she powered home for a 1?-length victory.
”I was surprised how well she settled here,” Delzangles said.
”I was not confident she would win but thought she would run a good race.
”Hopefully she will be a classic filly in Europe next year.”Jewel on mend
Australia’s unbeaten star Atlantic Jewel has pleased vets and remains on track to return to racing in the autumn.
She was the one-time favourite for the Cox Plate before a leg injury forced her out of the spring carnival in August.
”That was disappointing but we got some good news this week,” part-owner Laurie Macri said.
”The vets were happy with the way her leg has come along and there was enough positives there for us to start to think about her racing again. There is still a long way to go though.”
The vet report said Atlantic Jewel was a 60 per cent chance of racing again. She will continue her rehabilitation at Mark Kavanagh’s property and be checked again in two months.Fawkner rises
Fawkner is likely to rise to group 1 level for his next start after collecting a fourth consecutive win and his eighth from just 14 starts in the group 3 TAB南京夜网.au Stakes on Saturday. Part-owner Nick Williams said next Saturday’s $1 million Emirates Stakes beckoned for the son of Reset but another $1 million race was also on the cards – the group 1 Railway Stakes in Perth later this month.
Williams said the stable had always held a high opinion of Fawkner, despite buying him as a potential stayer but finding he could not run beyond 1600 metres.
”Eddie Cassar, who does a lot of the riding up on the [Mt Macedon] farm, keeps saying that he might be the best we’ve had,” Williams said.Not Dun yet
Murray Baker shrugged off his Victoria Derby disappointment with It’s A Dundeel, immediately declaring his intention to come back across the Tasman for the Australian Derby.
”He got a long way back but we always knew that,” Baker said after It’s A Dundeel ($2.70) failed to make an impression when seventh behind Fiveandahalfstar. ”The leaders just kept kicking. He’s done a lot in a short time and we’ll take him for a little spell and bring him back for the AJC Derby.
”He’s only had the six runs but travelling … has probably caught up with him a little bit.”
It’s A Dundeel won his first five starts and tasted defeat for the first time in the Vase at Moonee Valley eight days ago.
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