reland's heavily-backed Melbourne Cup hope Profound Beauty boosted the confidence of her supporters today by merely putting in an appearance on the training track.
The Dermot Weld-trained mare walked for about 2000m, but the apparently insignificant piece of exercise equates to a huge positive.
Profound Beauty arrived from Ireland on Saturday afternoon along with five other Cup prospects.
After unpacking and settling in over the weekend, her handler David Phillips said yesterday he didn't expect to put a saddle on the mare until at least tomorrow.
"We'll give her as much time as she needs," Phillips said.
Clearly, she didn't need much.
Profound Beauty lost about 8kg on the flight to Melbourne, but Phillips said she had already put it back on.
"She's eating and drinking very well," he said.
"All the weight's back on her and she's doing well."
Profound Beauty is a $16 chance in the Cup, having been backed in from $34.
A similar story of good health and negligible weight loss emerged from the Aidan O'Brien camp.
Foreman Andrew Murphy said the one-time Melbourne Cup favourite Septimus lost only one kilogram on the trip while stablemates Alessandro Volta and Honolulu had lost two and three kilos respectively.
All three stayed inside their stable yard where they were led this morning and are expected to be saddled and walked on the Sandown track tomorrow.
Also out for a stroll on the track this morning were the French mare Varevees and English stayer Yellowstone.
Earlier arrivals Mad Rush and Bauer from the Luca Cumani stable and Godolphin's All The Good also worked at Sandown this morning in preparation for Saturday's Caulfield Cup.
All The Good completed a strong 1500m gallop under race rider Kerrin McEvoy.
By Mike Hedge
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