Beauty and the Boss
Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss is to team up with two-time winning trainer Dermot Weld and the mare Profound Beauty in a bid to add another trophy to both their tallies.
The Weld stable announced the booking today after Profound Beauty received the all-clear following an injury scare that threatened to disrupt her Cup campaign.
Weld’s travelling head lad David Phillips said Boss had always been the leading contender, but the stable had delayed naming a rider until it became certain over the past two days that the mare had recovered from a hoof injury.
Phillips said Profound Beauty’s Cup handicap of 51.5kg was too light for any of Ireland’s leading riders to take the mount.
“Glen was on top of our list, but we just wanted to get the problem out of the way before making it certain,” Phillips said.
Weld has used a mixture of Irish and local jockeys in his past Cup campaigns.
In 1993 champion Irish rider Michael Kinane rode Vintage Crop to victory and in 2002 Damien Oliver scored a fairytale win on Media Puzzle only days after his brother died from injuries suffered in a race fall.
Weld’s stable rider Pat Smullen rode Vinnie Roe in his two Cup campaigns.
Profound Beauty had an easy canter at Sandown this morning, pleasing Phillips who said the bruised hoof that had troubled her last week had completely cleared up.
With the Caulfield Cup victory of fellow international raider All The Good in the bag, the rest of the international contingent stepped up their work today with the French mare Varevees taking the trackwork honours.
The Australian-owned mare cantered over 1400m before galloping over the same distance and was clocked for the final 12000m which she ran in 1:25, the final 600m in 38.5s.
The Irish trio of equal Melbourne Cup favourite Septimus and his stablemates Honolulu and Alessandro Volta also did two pieces of work and again the second was stronger than the first.
In the final piece Septimus finished off his final 400m in 26.25s under a firm grip.
The English runner Yellowstone also did two pieces of around 1600m, picking up speed in the second which he completed in 26 seconds.
Andrew Murphy, the assistant to Septimus’ trainer Aidan O’Brien, said the horse would be asked to do stronger work on Friday with a more competitive piece of work scheduled for next Monday.
By Mike Hedge