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Weld Aims Irish Stayer Profound Beauty At Melb Cup
Irish trainer Dermot Weld declared "we hope to go to the Melbourne Cup for her last race" after his star 6YO staying mare Profound Beauty (Danehill-Diamond Trim, by Highest Honor) returned from an 8-months spell to score a half-length victory overnight in Ireland's €50,000 (A$75,000) Listed Saval Beg Stakes (14 furlongs) at Leopardstown in Ireland. Ill-fated former Coolmore shuttler & multiple champion sire Danehill (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) added a black-type success when Profound Beauty (ridden by Pat Smullen for Weld, who previously won the Melbourne Cup with Vintage Crop in 1993 & Media Puzzle in 2002) defeated Ballydoyle's favoured 4YO entire Age Of Aquarius (Galileo-Clara Bow, by Top Ville) & 5YO gelding Caesar's Song (Singspiel-Caesarea, by Generous). Weld immediately confirmed: "She'll probably go for the Curragh Cup as that looks the logical next step. We'll look at the Irish St Leger and, although it's a long way away, we hope to go to the Melbourne Cup for her last race." As a lightly-race 4YO, Profound Beauty finished 5th behind Viewed in the 2008 Melbourne Cup; she then returned to Europe last year & notched 3 successive victories in Ireland's Gr3 Ballyroan Stakes (12 furlongs) at Leopardstown, Listed Curragh Cup (14 furlongs) at The Curragh & Listed Challenge Stakes (14 furlongs) at Leopardstown. Overall she now boasts 7 wins (also including 2008's Listed Challenge Stakes over 14 furlongs at Leopardstown) & 5 placings (including 2008's Gr3 Ballyroan Stakes over 12 furlongs at Leopardstown, Gr3 Noblesse Stakes over 12 furlongs at Cork, Gr3 Blue Wind Stakes over 10 furlongs at Naas & Listed Alleged Stakes over 10 furlongs at The Curragh) from 16 starts. After the race, leading British bookmaker William Hill quoted Profound Beauty at 14-1 for the Melbourne Cup.