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Brown Panther will go straight to Melbourne Cup

Updated: Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 14:12 | Comments

Brown Panther was an impressive winner of the Goodwood Cup
Brown Panther was an impressive winner of the Goodwood Cup

Brown Panther will not have a prep run in Australia before the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on 5 November.

An impressive winner of the Goodwood Cup before being forced to miss the Irish St Leger with a temperature, the five-year-old ran a perfectly satisfactory race when fifth over an inadequate ten furlongs in a Goodwood Listed race late last month.

Tom Dascombe's inmate, who is jointly-owned by Michael Owen, will make the trip to Australia next Thursday, but will not have an outing before the main event.

Dascombe said: "He's in Newmarket (in quarantine) at the moment. He worked yesterday, everything went very well, and his flight is booked for a week today.

"He won't be having a run beforehand once he gets to Australia, he'll be going straight for the big race."

"He worked yesterday, everything went very well" - Tom Dascombe

The Cheshire handler also confirmed stable jockey Richard Kingscote, who was replaced by Kieren Fallon on Brown Panther for a brief period before regaining the ride, will be on board in Melbourne.

Dascombe said: "Richard (Kingscote) is going out to ride him and I'll go out a week before the race.

"We're all looking forward to it."

Kerrin McEvoy will partner the Willie Mullins-trained Simenon when he makes his Australian debut at Caulfield on Saturday.

Runner-up in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot before narrowly beaten in the Lonsdale Cup at York, the six-year-old last month made the journey to Australia in the hope of getting a run in the Melbourne Cup.

As he is not guaranteed a starting berth, Simenon lines up in the Herbert Power Stakes over a mile and half in the hope of getting the penalty that is likely to get him into the race.

McEvoy, who enjoyed a successful stint in Europe for Sheikh Mohammed's operation before relocating to his homeland, will be chasing back-to-back wins in the Herbert Power after guiding Alain de Royer-Dupre's French raider Shahwardi to victory 12 months ago.

The jockey told www.news.com.au: "You can't put them all in the same box, they are different horses.

"The French train a little bit differently to the Irish and Shahwardi had a bit of ping in him when he got here.

"I'll have to see if Simenon has the zip to be competitive over a mile and a half and we won't know that until the day."

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