Outspoken British trainer Jeremy Noseda may bring two horses to Melbourne after it was announced that last week’s impressive Princess of Wales Stakes victor Sans Frontieres is a possible Melbourne Cup runner.
It was announced last month that Noseda’s three year old Theology is on track to come to Melbourne. Click here to read about Theology.
Noseda is less sure about Sans Frontieres.
“Future plans for him are still a little fluid,” said Noseda.
“I have spoken to his owner Sir Robert Ogden and his racing manager Barry Simpson and we are looking at the Irish St Leger.
“Perhaps a tilt at the Melbourne Cup could be an end of season target.”
Sans Frontieres, a four year old Galileo colt, has raced seven times for two wins and two placings.
He showed promise early on in his career, with form around last year’s 1000 Guineas runner up Delegator and one time Epsom Derby favourite Black Bear Island.
However, his first three runs this year were well below par, and it was thought that he had lost all form.
Nevertheless, his win in the Group 2 Princess of Wales Stakes (2400m) at Newmarket last week indicated a return to his best form.
It was a strong field, featuring Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Man of Iron, Prince of Wales Stakes placegetter Tazeez, consistent global placegetter Spanish Moon and 2008 Racing Post Trophy winner Crowded House.
Sans Frontieres has now passed the first ballot clause for the Melbourne Cup.
Interestingly, global bookmakers are wary of Sans Frontieres, with bookmaking giant William Hill and betting exchange Betfair providing an opening quote of 25/1 for the colt.
On Betfair, this means he is equal fourth favourite with flashy grey Linton, behind only Rite of Passage, Profound Beauty and Faint Perfume.
Noseda has been an outspoken critic of Australian racing in the past, most notably when he criticised the fact that international horses are not subsidised to come to Australia.
In most countries, transport and track fees are paid for by the accommodating body.
Therefore, if Noseda makes his first trip to Australia, it must be considered a sign that he has the right horse for the right race.
Written by Andrew Hawkins