Cavalryman May Target 2014 Melbourne Cup

July 11th, 2014

Unable to handle the late pace and finishing a disappointing twelfth in 2012, Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has revealed talented eight-year-old Cavalryman may return to Australian shores this spring for a second attempt at the major Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4th.

Strolling home to win the Group 2 Princess Of Wales Stakes (2414m) at Britain’s Newmarket Racecourse overnight; an event for which he placed an unlucky third when blocked for a run in 2013, Cavalryman has claimed an impressive total of nine race wins and a further 10 places from 36 competitive starts.

Racing in good position before being unable to follow eventual champion Green Moon on the final straight of the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Bin Suroor said the Halling entire performs well first-up and will now head to the Goodwood Cup before a possible trip to Australia.

“He always runs well fresh, as he showed in Dubai,” Bin Suroor said.

“His best trip is a mile and six (2800m) but he goes on every ground and he has won over further, and won a Group 1 in France.

“His next race will be the Goodwood Cup, and we’ll keep our options open for going back for another try at the Melbourne Cup.”

A notable performer over his 2012 preparation leading into the Melbourne Cup, Cavalryman finishing second in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold Cup (2410m) first-up and continued to gain form an momentum through victories in the Listed Grand Cup (2816m) and Listed Coral Marathon (3290m) in Britain.

Continuing to perform well over a short 2013 campaign, the stallion out of Silversword is yet to finish worse than second in three starts this year, having won the Nad Al Sheba Trophy (2810m) and finished a close runner up in the Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) in Dubai prior to his Princess Of Wales triumph.

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