Nom De Jeu's sister debuts at Doomben
Mon Beau Cheval, the little sister of AJC Australian Derby winner Nom Du Jeu, will come under scrutiny for a possible winter carnival campaign when she makes her debut at Doomben.
The Group One Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm in May looks the logical target for the Montjeu filly who will be ridden by apprentice Luke Rolls in Wednesday’s Nitto Maiden Handicap (1350m). .
Gold Coast trainer John Wallace has no doubt Mon Beau Cheval is destined to follow Nom Du Jeu and her mother Prized Gem as a stayer but won’t rush the three-year-old.
"She’s definitely going to be a stayer but she might find this race a little short," Wallace said.
"She’s not a very big filly and is a lot like her mother.
"It’s only her first preparation and I’ll let her tell me whether she’s up to the winter carnival."
Prized Gem was trained by New Zealand’s Murray Baker throughout her career which included Group One victories in the Kelt Capital (2040m) at Hastings and Brisbane Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm in 2002.
Nom Du Jeu won last year’s Group One AJC Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick before finishing second in the Group One Queen Elizabeth (2000m) at the same track.
Both are owned by Queensland’s Billie Morton, who along with Baker had hoped to campaign Nom Du Jeu overseas later this year.
However, their dreams were dashed when the four-year-old was ruled out of the Sydney autumn carnival following his failure in the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick on March 7.
"He jarred up when he ran last in his first run back in the Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa but when the vets couldn’t find anything wrong we continued with our plans to send him to Sydney for The BMW," Morton said.
"Unfortunately, he didn’t stretch out in the Chipping Norton so we had his legs scanned which found he had bruised cannon bones.
"He’s having a four-month spell and hopefully will be back in July and will have time to get ready for the Kelt Stakes in New Zealand before the Melbourne Cup."
Morton said Baker wanted to give Nom Du Jeu, who was runner up to All The Good in last year’s Caulfield Cup prior to his Melbourne Cup failure, an opportunity to compete in England and France.
"Murray was keen to win The BMW and then take him to England and over to France for the Arc de Triomphe," she said.
By Glenn Davis