The international numbers in pursuit of the first $7 million Melbourne Cup continue to swell with Qatar Racing announcing an attempt on the race this spring by a son of Frankel named Count Octave.
Speaking from his Kingsclere base at Newbury in the United Kingdom, trainer Andrew Balding said he will look to get one more race into Count Octave before jetting off Down Under.
Balding told the Qatar Racing website: “Count Octave’s likely route will be either the Lonsdale Cup or the Ebor at York. It depends on where Sheikh Fahad would like to run him, with the former being the more likely.
“However, long term, the aim is the Lexus Melbourne Cup.”
The news of Count Octave’s attempt on the Melbourne Cup comes on the heels of confirmation that a number of other UK-based stayers will make the long trip for the Melbourne Cup this spring.
Already, UK horses such as Marmelo, Withhold, Prince Of Arran, Magic Circle and Red Verdon as well as Godolphin’s UK-based stayers Folkswood, Old Persian, Hamada and Best Solution all have the Melbourne Cup as their ultimate spring goal.
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