It is fewer than six months until ‘the race that stops a nation’, and some international contenders have put their hand up for a potential tilt at the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Admire Deus finished fourth in the Tenno Sho (3200m) in Japan on April 30, and connections have declared their early intentions to travel to Melbourne for the first Tuesday in November.
Trainer Tomoyuki Umeda is not foreign to the idea of bringing a runner Down Under for the Cup, as he had the ill-fated Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti in 2014.
And on a face-value comparison, Admire Rakti finished 13th in the Tenno Sho before his Caulfield Cup win and subsequent unfortunate Emirates Melbourne Cup run.
However, connections have told Yahoo in Japan if they did decide on heading south, they would bypass the Caulfield feature this time around. Read More…