Geelong Cup

Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
Brigantin  will attempt to become the third French trained horse to win the Geelong Cup in as many years when he lines up in the $300,000 feature event on Wednesday. Following the success of Dunaden last year and Americain twelve months earlier, Andre Fabre has elected to use the race as the final leadup run going into the Melbourne Cup on November 6. This contest has proved the best guide to the big event on the first Tuesday in November in recent years, with both Dunaden and Americain claiming the double, while Crime Scene (2009) and Bauer (2008) both finished second at Flemington after running at Geelong.

Taking a line through the form of Caulfield Cup hero Dunaden, Brigantin’s form reads very well, having beaten the Mikel Delzangles trained runner on two of the three occasions that they have met. Mick Kent’s imported French galloper Tac De Boistron  has form that ties in with that of Brigantin and will be another interesting runner at Geelong, while Gatewood  completes the European contingent in the race. Following a luckless run in the Herbert Power at Caulfield 11 days ago, he needs to win and gain a significant weight penalty to force his way into the field for the race that stops the nation.

The best chance of a local success appear to rest 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday , who is joint topweight with 58.5kg, while Exceptionally  and Chateau Margaux  are the remaining runners trained in Australia. New Zealand will be represented by seven year old gelding Back In Black .

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