The much hyped European import Lucas Cranach will have his first run on Australian soil in the 2011 Caulfield Cup and not the Geelong Cup.
Connections were tossing up between the two races but have now locked in the Caulfield feature as they feel it’s a more favourable race in the lead in to the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
Lucas Cranach has been at the centre of a massive push by Australian punters over recent weeks and he’s arguably the most hotly anticipated horse of the more than a dozen that have come here.
He is currently under the care of Lee Freedman who’s overseeing his stay at the Werribee equine centre, a location where he will remain right up until the Caulfield Cup despite completing his mandatory quarantine period this Sunday.
Aussie rider Corey Brown is tipped to be rewarded with the ride in both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup giving himself a great winning chance.
In other Cup’s news it appears as if defending Melbourne Cup champion Americain will have his lead up run in the 2011 Moonee Valley Cup.
While not yet confirmed bloodstock agent Rob Roulston reported that he received an email from the Alain de Royer Dupre’s camp indicating that the Moonee Valley Cup was their desired lead in event.
“It’s 98 per cent certain that Americain will run in the Moonee Valley Cup,” Roulston said.
The other option is the 2011 Cox Plate where Americain still remains in current nominations.