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Melbourne Cup Possibility For Antiquarium
The Godolphin-owned Antiquarium (New Approach-Antillia, by Red Ransom) is under consideration for a Melbourne Cup campaign later in the year after scoring an impressive win in Saturday's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle. Ridden by Australian-based jockey James McDonald, the 4YO son of New Approach absolutely 'flew' in the closing stages to overhaul the well-regarded Seamour to win by 1.25-lengths in the 16-furlong staying contest. Speaking on godolphin.com, John Ferguson, Godolphin's chief executive and racing manager, said of the progressive stayer: "Antiquarium won the Plate, running off a mark of 99, and he will obviously go up in the handicap. His next run will tell us more about the feasibility of Melbourne." Antiquarium's record now reads 4 wins and 3 placings from 11 starts for £131,191 in earnings.