Princess ready for Melbourne Cup coup

Princess Coup will travel to Melbourne tomorrow for Saturday’s $A3 million Cox Plate in excellent condition, trainer Mark Walker said today.

Mark Walker Princess Coup will start from barrier nine in the 2040m weight-for-age feature, with connections of each of the 12 runners able to select their own barriers.

Princess Coup was fourth to be called by Melbourne chief steward Terry Bailey at the draw and co-owner John Bromley didn’t hesitate to select barrier nine.

“That is just beyond midfield and should suit her nicely,” Walker said.

Princess Coup, $2.80 favourite for the race on the New Zealand TAB today, is noted as a backrunner so an inside draw was seen as little benefit to her.

She won New Zealand’s richest race, the $2 million Kelt Capital Stakes, for the second successive year on October 4 and Walker said she had done well since, impressing with a strong workout between races at Tauranga on Saturday.

Walker’s policy of not sending the mare to Melbourne until Wednesday night has raised some eyebrows across the ditch, but he said it was so he could supervise her final preparation for the race.

She is to work at three-quarter pace at Matamata tomorrow morning.

“It’s just so I can do everything at home myself and then I’m confident that I have given it our best shot possible,” he said.

Princess Coup should be in prime condition for the big race.

“She is going well, I don’t think we could have her any better for the race,” Walker said.

“Whether that is good enough remains to be seen – it might not be, but we will certainly be doing our best.”

Boom filly Samantha Miss was $4 second favourite today, while former New Zealanders Alamosa and C’Est La Guerre were $11 and $21 respectively.
By Greg Tourelle