The French have taken away our Melbourne Cup again and hopefully that
victory will finally inspire Godolphin to bring their best horses out
for the race next year.
If I hear one more time that Sheikh
Mohammad is coming and they are bringing out their best horses and are
having a serious assault on the Melbourne Cup ... Tell them to bring
their best horses next year, not second stringers.
They always say
they are coming and they are serious, but they always bring the
B-graders, they never seem to bring their A-graders. This year Lost in
the Moment did alright and finished sixth, but their other horse Modun,
They are the biggest stable in the world and have been coming out here for years and all they have managed in three seconds.
I wish they wouldn't mess around, set their best horse for 2012 and bring him out here.
wouldn't say it's flat because the overseas raiders have won the Cup,
but if it's a local winner, there is more publicity. They get on more TV
shows, more radio. There's more fanfare after the races if an Aussie
wins it I think.
The French just pack up and go home. The biggest
minus for me is that they take the $3.5 million prizemoney and go home
and it doesn't stay in our industry. If a local wins it, well they can
re-invest back in and it doesn't happen in that instance.
to feel for the connections of Red Cadeaux, who saw their horse beaten
by the smallest margin in the race's long history.
I'd rather get
beaten a length than get beaten by the proverbial bob of the head. So
near for so far, and it's a bit cruel. It's like getting beaten one
one-hundredths of a second in the 100m sprint.
Our horse Niwot had
every chance. Everything went to plan and we wouldn't have changed it.
He tried hard and ran as best as he could.
Because he won the
Lexus, he is now qualified for the Melbourne Cup for next year. If it
got to this time next year, I wouldn't run him on Derby Day. I'd
probably run him in the Moonee Valley Cup and then straight into the
We had to roll the dice and do what we did to get
him in the race and that was all fine. He's qualified for next year and
we'll do it different, but at this exact time last year, everyone was
telling us we had the Melbourne Cup winner for 2011 and his name was
Maluckyday. Twelve months is a long time in racing.
Niwot in the paddock and head towards the Sydney Cup with him. It's
worth about $800,000. He loves wet tracks and Sydney is normally wet.
We'll head there and get him ready for next year.