Godolphin a Good chance for Melbourne Cup
The most popular member of the world’s biggest racing stable presented himself for a photo-call in Melbourne today – and tipped himself to win the Melbourne Cup.
All The Good’s landmark win in yesterday’s Caulfield Cup made him the star of the Godolphin team of more than 300 horses.
And if appearances mean anything, he will be the one to beat at Flemington.
All The Good was a picture of glowing good health as walked around his yard at the Sandown quarantine centre, his exertions of yesterday overcome by dinner and a good sleep.
“He’s as bright as a button,” said head lad Tommy Strang.
“Sound as a bell and ready to go again.”
All The Good became Godolphin’s 99th winner for the year , he claimed the stable’s biggest cheque for the season – $1.5 million – and was the Dubai-based operation’s first Australian Group One winner.
He also made an outstanding start to the weekend for Godolphin which brought up the seasonal ton in England later in the day when Veracity beat stablemate Sagara in the Group Three Jockey Club Cup (3200m) at Newmarket.
Strang said All The Good would have a couple of days off before resuming his Melbourne Cup preparation.
“We’ll just hand lead him for a few days and then it’ll be back to some light work,” he said.
“He goes best when he’s a bit fresh, he’s very fit, we don’t need to do much with him now.”
As All The Good posed for the cameras, Mad Rush walked laps of the yard as his stable pondered another major Australian victory that might have been.
For the second year on end, the hard luck story of the race was told by English trainer Luca Cumani.
A year ago his Caulfield Cup runner Purple Moon, ridden by yesterday’s winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, finished a luckless sixth before running second in the Melbourne Cup.
This year the Cumani-trained Mad Rush finished an even unluckier fourth.
“It was my fault for giving him such a rubbish draw,” said Cumani’s daughter Francesca who has supervised the horse’s Melbourne preparation.
She drew barrier 17 for Mad Rush who was obliged to drop out after the start and was last in the 17-horse field entering the straight.
“He didn’t have a hard race and it’s really encouraging that he’s in such good form,” she said.
All The Good’s win lifted the spirits among the entire international contingent who, at the very least, have a handle on the local Cup runners.
“It shows us that we should be competitive, if nothing else,” said David Phillips, who is looking after the Irish entry Profound Beauty.
The Aidan O’Brien camp also took heart from the victory, even though their three runners have no form lines with All The Good.
“It showed us what we’re up against,” said head travelling lad Andrew Murphy.
The three-horse O’Brien team that includes the Melbourne Cup favourite Septimus did two light canters at Sandown today and is likely to step up to some faster work and longer on Tuesday.
By Mike Hedge