Prominent international trainer Saeed bin Suroor of the esteemed Godolphin Stable has a number of impressive horses in work on their way towards a berth in the 2010 Melbourne Cup at Flemington this November.
The world renowned Godolphin enjoyed their closest Cup success last year when their horse Crime Scene finished a gallant second to the Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking. They will be looking to do one better this year in the 150th Melbourne Cup and finally take home the so-far elusive ‘Loving Cup’.
Godolphin’s two horses most likely to be aimed at the 2010 Melbourne Cup are Kite Wood and Cutlass Bay
The two horses most likely to be aimed at the $6 million Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November are Kite Wood and Cutlass Bay.
Promising four-year-old Kite Wood looks ready for a Cup campaign, having recently taken out a Group 2 race at Longchamp in France over 3100m, just short of the testing 3200m of the famous Melbourne Cup.
Next on the agenda for Kite Wood is the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) on June 17 where his ability as a stayer will be put under scrutiny.
Godolphin has also taken over the training of the classy Cutlass Bay, previously based in France. Another four-year-old on their way to greatness and possibly a Melbourne Cup run, Cutlass Bay has already won a ballot exemption for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday October 23 at Moonee Valley after claiming victory in the Group 1 Prix De Ganay at Longchamp last month.
Aside from last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Crime Scene, Godolphin have had three other placegetters in the world’s richest handicap race. Both Give The Slip (2001) and Central Park (1999) ran second while in 2002 they took out third place with Beekeeper.
Entries for the 2010 Melbourne Cup close on August 3. In the meantime stay up to date with the latest Melbourne Cup news by visiting Races.com.au’s 2010 Melbourne Cup News Page.