Hoo Ya Mal looked like a questionable stayer when disappointing at Cazoo St Leger (G1) September 11, but his coach George Boughey believes the platform is firmer and the racing style is different in Australia will get him at the Melbourne Cup (G1) November 1.
William Hill March Stakes (G3) winner is eighth disappointing out of nine — nine miles behind winner Eldar Eldarov —In the last Classic of the season at Doncaster.
The Melbourne Cup at Flemington – a stone and a half further from St Leger – has been his big end-of-season goal since the Australian owners bought him in June, and Boughey believes he will be a better fit for the test in Australia.
Boughey said: “He didn’t seem to stay for me, he was last on the reins, but it was very weak and I think to that extent he looked a little weak in the finish line. Both of our horses. I who ran on the day ran below par and the ground was probably too soft for them.
“I don’t think it will change anything in the future, he’s very prepared for the Melbourne Cup. It’s a very different style of racing there on firmer ground.”
After finishing second in the Cazoo Derby in the memory of Lester Piggott (G1) with Desert Crown , Hoo Ya Mal was bought by Gai Waterhouse, who made no secret of his ambition to find a horse in the Melbourne Cup in the UK for £1.2 million (US$1,478,198). Her only previous success came after buying UK-based Fiorente for £700,000 in 2013.
Boughey confirmed Sunday is Hoo Ya Mal’s final start day under his care as he continues to prepare for Australia’s most prestigious competition.
He said: “He came out of the race in good shape, he’s back to the amount of weight he lost, he’s gone for all the scans before the quarantine, but overall they I couldn’t be happier with him.”
3 year old child Territory and get out Montjeu mare A sensational way. He has a 2-3-3 record from nine games with earnings of $611,428.