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Ellison Flies To Aust For Bay Story Melb Cup Preparation
UK trainer Brian Ellison flew to Australia overnight "to supervise Bay Story's final preparations for what the Malton-based trainer hopes will be a successful shot at the Melbourne Cup in November," reported racingpost.co.uk. Bay Story (Kris S-Sweeping Story, by End Sweep) "has been in Australia since competing at Flemington & in Perth last summer winter and, provided all is well when the trainer arrives, the 6YO will take part in a racecourse trial next week". Ellison confirmed: "The plan then is run him in the Bart Cummings Stakes at Flemington on October 6 & following that, assuming he gets into the Melbourne Cup, that's the route we'll be taking. He's set to carry 50kg in the big one & the Australian handicapper tells me he'd have a good chance of making the cut, judged on last year's declarations. He needs quite a few to come out at this stage, as he's way down the list, but plenty of those above him won't be making the trip from Europe & there are doubts about some of the others because of the equine flu outbreak in Australia." Ellison added: "The lad who went to Australia with Bay Story says he's in great form and, as the prize-money is so good down there, we think we'll leave him where he is to race again right through their spring & summer." Bay Story ran 2nd in January's Gr2 Perth Cup (3200m).