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Brown Panther May Run Before Cup
Trainer Tom Dascombe says there is a "possibility" that talented UK stayer Brown Panther (Shirocco-Treble Heights, by Unfuwain) could have another run before he enters quarantine for the Melbourne Cup, reports racinguk.com. The last-start winner of the Gr2 Goodwood Cup was due to line up in last Sunday's Irish St Leger but was withdrawn due to an elevated temperature. "He's much, much better. He's back eating his food again now so we are back on course," said Dascombe. Brown Panther, owned and bred by former star English footballer Michael Owen, had been required to go into quarantine for the Melbourne Cup by September 26, but the deadline has been relaxed by a week opening up the option of the 5YO having another start this month. "There is talk that the quarantine might be put back a week, so there is a possibility we can get a run into him beforehand. It's all very positive," added Dascombe. Racing Victoria's international recruitment officer Leigh Jordon confirmed the quarantine deadline had been put back. "There is a shipment (of horses) due to arrive October 19, which is Caulfield Cup day, so the horses will now need to enter quarantine by October 3," Jordan explained. "I have spoken to Tom and he was thinking about giving Brown Panther another run, so this gives him more time."