The John Dunlop-trained Tactic emerged as a possible runner in the historic 150th Melbourne Cup this November when he secured a tidy win ahead of current Melbourne Cup favourite Profound Beauty in the Curragh Cup on the weekend.
Trained by premier Irish trainer Dermot Weld, the only European trainer to have taken out the Melbourne Cup, Profound Beauty went out in the Curragh Cup as the pronounced favourite, but the reigning champion failed to make it back-to-back success in the Group 3 feature as four-year-old Tactic found the line first.
Tactic got to the front on the home turn after early leader Roses For The Lady began to tire. Profound Beauty, ridden by Pat Smullen, made a gallant late challenge but didn’t have enough to run down Tactic who won by two lengths.
The Goodwood Cup at the end of July is next on the agenda for Tactic, before connections consider a trip Down Under for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Danehill mare Profound Beauty retained her Cup favouritism with the majority of online bookmakers despite her loss, still on track to make an appearance in the famous two-miler.