Melbourne Cup Hopeful Beaten In England

1 March, 2019

English Melbourne Cup aspirant Verdana Blue suffered a surprising defeat as odds-on favourite on Wednesday at Kempton.

Trained by Nicky Henderson, who is Britain’s five-time champion jumps trainer, Verdana Blue ($1.33 favourite) couldn’t reel in Gumball ($5), who led throughout in a low-grade novice race over 2413 metres on Kempton’s all-weather track.

Verdana Blue raced on Wednesday to qualify for the £150,000 (A$268,000) All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (3200m) at Lingfield on Good Friday (April 19).

And the seven-year-old mare will continue to swap disciplines during 2019 as connections aim to plot out the best path for Melbourne Cup qualification. Read More …