Verema in the reckoning for Melbourne Cup
Last Updated: August 27, 2013 12:15pm
Alain Royer-Dupre: Trains Verema
A trip to the Melbourne Cup is "on the agenda" for Verema following her impressive victory in the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville earlier this month.
The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained stayer clinched the Prix Maurice de Nieuil at Longchamp in the middle of July and was just as impressive stepped up to a distance of almost two miles.
Royer-Dupre knows what it takes to win Down Under, having tasted Melbourne Cup glory with Americain three years ago.
If Verema does make the trip, she will become the first runner in the race for the current Aga Khan.
Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's racing manager, said: "We were very pleased after Deauville. She ran well to her form and it was a good performance.
"The Melbourne Cup is something on her agenda, but we will make a final decision soon.
"It would be a first runner in the race for the current Aga Khan, I'm not sure if his father or grandfather ever had a runner.
"Alain has won the race before and obviously knows how to travel to Australia with horses. If he decides she should run, then she would have a good chance.
"If she does run (in the Melbourne Cup), she will probably not run again before that."
Rimaud also expressed his satisfaction with the performances of Sarkiyla and Dalkala, who finished second and third respectively behind Andre Fabre's exciting filly Romantica in Deauville's Prix Jean Romanet.
"Both fillies ran well and also ran to form and were beaten by a very good filly," said Rimaud.
"Sarkiyla showed she can stay a bit further than a mile, which is nice and we will now think about what plans we have for both fillies in the autumn.
"There are no plans at the moment. We will see what happens."