Italian Group 1 winner who is one of two runners for Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody. He is bound to be popular with the once a year punters because of his French name and because he is a stunning looker – a cracking grey. He made a good impression upon his debut here, when he finished sixth to Sincero in the Memsie Stakes. He then ran a cracking second in the Underwood Stakes to subsequent Cox Plate winner Ocean Park, before a sound fourth to Green Moon in the Turnbull Stakes.
He went into the Caulfield Cup a live chance, but ran a very disappointing last, well behind the second last runner. He did have to work to get across, but he still folded up. The prospect of rain on Tuesday would help him slightly. But he has a number of things against him. I don’t think he’s well weighted, I don’t think he’ll stay 3200m but most of all, I don’t think he has the mindset to win a Melbourne Cup.
At his last couple, he’s been very colty pre-race, with his mind on the fillies instead of racing. Who could blame him, really? But I firmly believe a horse must be relaxed and settled to win a Melbourne Cup, and I’m not sure he will be relaxed and settled. Therefore, I can’t tip him, not with his temperament.
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Bred in: Ireland
Trainer: Peter Moody
Jockey: Vlad Duric
Career Stats: 32:13-6-5
Last 5 Starts: 3×6240
Biggest Win: Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano (2400m), San Siro (Italy), 12/6/2011
Sportsbet Fixed Odds (as at 7pm, Sunday November 4): $151