Simenon has returned to racing in typically smart form this year, and owner Nick Peacock has revealed he and trainer Willie Mullins are plotting a bold path for the veteran stayer to launch a second tilt at the Melbourne Cup (3200m) in 2015.
Posting four wins and a further eight minors through 33 career starts so far, Simenon travelled to Flemington during the 2013 edition of the Spring Racing Carnival; running on for a credible third in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before charging home to finish fourth behind Fiorente in the Melbourne Cup.
Having again produced standout results for the renowned owner through two starts this time, Peacock is confident the conditions of the 2015 Melbourne Cup will suit Simenon once more and will earn a ticket with continued competitive performances in coming months.
“It depends on how he gets on, but I certainly wouldn’t dismiss it,” Peacock told PAA.
“There is only one Melbourne Cup and neither Simenon nor myself are getting any younger!
“If everything goes well between now and then, I think there’s every chance he could go back to Australia.”
Simenon stamped his claims as one to watch from his maiden racing preparation in 2009 under the guidance of Andrew Balding; winning the Novice Stakes (1609m) and finishing third in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes (1609m) most notably.
Continuing to impress for Balding through 2010 and 2011, the Marju gelding was transferred to the care of Mullens prior to his 2012 campaign, and undoubtedly found career-best form when finishing third in the Group 1 Champion Novice Hurldle (3219m) in April; progressing to fifth in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) behind former Melbourne Cup contenders Royal Diamond and Massiyn.
Returning for fifth in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes (3290m) this time, Simenon ran on for an impressive fourth in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) during the Royal Ascot Carnival a fortnight ago.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 Melbourne Cup odds, for which Simenon can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $41 for success!