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O’Brien’s Spring Raiders Go First Check

Aidan O’Brien’s worldwide contingent of six have begun their spring carnival construct up with a exercise on the course correct at Werribee.

The sextet galloped in pairs with Cox Plate hopefuls Armory and Magic Wand stretching their legs, whereas 2019 Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck partnered with Wichita.

The youngest members of the group, Melbourne Cup aspirants Tiger Moth and Santiago, had been paired collectively for his or her hitouts.

O’Brien’s travelling foreman TJ Comerford mentioned the crew got here by way of their work with flying colors.

“They had been all excellent. It’s their first piece of labor since they’ve received right here,” Comerford mentioned.

“All of them simply went by way of the motions actually. It was only a step out onto the grass and all of it went effectively.”

Anthony Van Dyck is an early favorite for the Caulfield Cup and boasts large worldwide formlines having claimed the scalp of seven-time Group One winner Stradivarius to win the Prix Foy in France at his final begin.

Nevertheless, it’s the lightly-raced Tiger Moth who’s thought to be the main likelihood to ship the coaching wizard a primary Melbourne Cup.

The Irish Derby runner-up has the suitable profile being a three-year-old by northern hemisphere time, as had been 2017 Cup winner Rekindling and 2018 victor Cross Counter.

Lindsay Park’s Caulfield Cup hopes suffered a blow on Thursday when current recruit Port Guillaume was dominated out of the race after he was discovered to be lame by Racing Victoria vets.

He’ll bear additional evaluation earlier than a dedication is made on his participation in the remainder of the spring.


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