World racing empire Godolphin are looking for a Melbourne Cup consolation win with Lost In The Moment in the Group 3 $250,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington tomorrow.
Lost In the Moment is one of eight starters in the Queen Elizabeth eligible for a $100,000 winning bonus after being a final acceptors for the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington last Tuesday and missing the ballot.
The Danehill Dancer six year old will be trying to replicate the efforts of past winners of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes by Godolphin owned horses Hatha Anna in 2001 and Fantastic Love in 2004.
Hatha Anna was forced to run in the Queen Elizabeth on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival after not qualifying for the Cup while Fantastic Love ran on the Saturday after being balloted out of the Cup.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy was aboard Fantastic Love who was Godolphin’s first Australian winner and will be riding Lost In The Moment as the number one rider for Darley, the Australian branch of the huge racing operation.
“There is no doubt he will be competitive and on his best form he can run a good race,” McEvoy said.
“He looks well in himself and he seems nice and bright.”
Lost In The Moment ran a mighty race in last year’s Melbourne Cup when sixth to Dunaden for William Buick and McEvoy thinks the six year old will be well placed tomorrow with his recent placings over 3300m and 3200m in England indicating that the 2600m won’t be a problem.
McEvoy was due to ride Lost In The Moment in the Melbourne Cup and rated him a top ten chance but when he didn’t make the field McEvoy was left without a ride.
“I thought he was a rough each way chance,” MvEvoy said.
“He’s an older horse and he would have to have improved on the back of last year’s race. His form suggests he was in a similar vein of form this year and he would have been a top ten chance for sure”
Godolphin’s travelling foreman Tommy Strang is happy with the progress of Lost In The Moment since arriving in Melbourne and regards the French galloper Shahwardi and the Bart Cummings trained Dare To Dream as the main opposition in a tough race.
“The French horse looks the one to beat but there are several other strong chances,” Strang said.
”Dare To Dream ran second there last Saturday and the winner ran fourth in the Melbourne Cup so that is pretty good form.”
Strang is hoping there is enough pace in the race so Lost In The Moment gets a chance to hit the line hard from back in the field.
‘I can’t see where the pace is going to come from and if that’s the way it unfolds it will not suit him.,’ Strang said.
”He’s a hold up horse, he likes to come through and not hit the front too soon so it could be a messy sort or race.”
Bendigo Cup winner Puissance De Lune has been installed the $2.90 favourite after the Darren Weir trained five year old was a eight lengths winner at Bendigo last start.
Shahwardi is in the market at $5.50 with Dare To Dream at $7.50 while Lost In The Momnent is the next best at $10.