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Mullins Delighted With Simenon Run
Trainer Willie Mullins says he is more than satisfied with the Australian debut of Irish stayer Simenon (Marju-Epistoliere, by Alzao) as he attempts to force his way into the Melbourne Cup, reports ukracing.com. The talented 7YO was an a close-up third behind Sea Moon in Saturday's Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield, but Mullins feels he may have finished even closer if he had not suffered interference. "I'm very pleased. He got into a bit of trouble passing the winning post first time when the horse in front of him lost his footing, which I thought left him a couple of lengths out of position," explained Mullins. "He did well to get back into the race from there and had to make his challenge wide. Given everything, I thought it was a very good prep run." Simenon, who finished runner-up to Estimate in the Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup in June, had not run since finishing second to Ahzeemah in the Gr2 Lonsdale Cup at York in mid-August, so he should improve considerably from the outing. However, it appears Mullins has no plans of running him again until the Cup. "We just have to hope now he gets into the Melbourne Cup and I haven't made any jockey plans. We'll see nearer the time," he said.