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Melb Cup Plans 1: Yeats & Scorpion Up-In-Air
Yeats has top-weight in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (in which he finished 7th a year ago) & "a discretionary penalty is possible" following the weekend win, noted racingpost.co.uk. John Magnier (whose wife Susan is joint-owner of the 4-time Gr1-winner with Diane Nagle) commented: "Melbourne is an option & nothing has been decided. We have Yeats, Scorpion & Septimus (see report below of his record weekend win in the UK Gr2 Doncaster Cup) & there is the Mellbourne Cup & the French Gr1 Prix du Cadran to think about. And, who knows, if it happened to come up soft at Longchamp (in Paris) then Yeats might even enter the Gr1 Arc de Triomphe picture. Everything is up in the air & as far as Australia is concerned, the matter of the equine influenza is a headache. Hopefully, they will get it under control & a personal view is that they should start vaccinating." Magnier added: "It's getting near the end for Yeats & it (the Irish St Leger Yeats-Scorpion quinella) was really the perfect result. Aidan (O'Brien) trained Yeats a bit differently this year & I would say he was a better horse than he was the 2 previous times he ran in this race (runner-up in 2006 & 4th in 2005)". Scorpion is also a Melbourne Cup entry & Magnier commented: "Scorpion is a serious horse in his own right. He stays well & it says a lot about the 2 of them that they fought out the finish." Scorpion made most of the running & jockey Seamus Heffernan said: "He's run a very good race & just got run out of it. He probably isn't quite as straightforward a horse as Yeats, but he is a high-class horse & I think he will be even better next year."