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Melb Cup Possible For Dual Royal Ascot Winner

Tuesday, 26th June 2012

Meanwhile Irish trainer Willie Mullins confirmed the Gr1 Melbourne Cup is now firmly on the radar for emerging 5YO stayer Simenon (Marju-Epistoliere, by Alzao) following his 2 runaway victories in just 5 days during last week's Royal Ascot carnival: first by 6-lengths in the Ascot Handicap (2.5 miles) & then by 7-lengths in the Queen Alexandra Stakes (2.75 miles). Simenon (who spent a Northern Hemisphere winter & spring racing over hurdles) has won his last 3 starts (also including a hurdle over 2 miles at Cork in Ireland on May 25) & Mullins told UK At The Races after his latest victory: "He was very impressive & he seems a nice stayer. I'd say with his age & maturity he's just getting a bit stronger. The Melbourne Cup is at the back of our minds. I think we have a high enough rating now, but we'd have to qualify by either winning a Listed race or being placed in a Group race I believe, although I'd have to check the conditions." Overall Simenon currently boasts 4 wins & 2 placings (in 2010's UK Gr3 Classic Trial Stakes over 10 furlongs at Sandown Park & 2009's UK Gr3 Autumn Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) from 17 starts.

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