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Watt Buys Wunderwood For Melb Cup Bid
UK stayer Wunderwood (winner of 7 starts for the Lady Herries stable) "has been bought by the international TV sports pioneer Mike Watt for a crack at the Melbourne Cup," reported racingpost.co.uk. Watt was a partner with Jim Sheridan in champion Irish stayer Vinnie Roe, who contested the Gr1 Melbourne Cup 3 times (finishing 2nd in 2004). Watt has sent Wunderwood to be trained by David Elsworth, who experienced his own near-misses in the 1998 & 2001 Melbourne Cup when Persian Punch twice took 3rd place. Wunderwood "could appear for his new connections at Goodwood this week, where he is engaged in the Tatler Summer Season Stakes". Watt confirmed: "The ultimate aim is the Melbourne Cup & with a bit of luck we will get there. After Vinnie Roe I said I wouldn't do it again, but I suppose it is a bit of a disease. I'll have one more go. I would have liked Lady Herries to have continued to train him, but I have another horse with David & he has the experience & desire to try to win the race. But it will be a tough haul." Under Lady Herries, Wunderwood won the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2004.