Melbourne Beckons For Mullins Stars

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Riven Light

Riven Light and Kevin Manning wins the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes (Listed). Listowel. Photo: Patrick McCann 13.09.2017

Riven Light is in quarantine in Newmarket in preparation for his upcoming trip to Australia but, according to trainer Willie Mullins, it has yet to be decided whether he will take on star mare Winx in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne at the end of next month.

Mullins is looking to send four horses to Melbourne. Wicklow Brave, winner of last year's Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions Weekend, is with Riven Light in Newmarket, while Emirates Melbourne Cup possibles, Max Dynamite and Thomas Hobson, are likely to go into quarantine in Newmarket this day next week.

Max Dynamite, who was beaten half a length in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington two years ago, is entered in the Group 3 Loughbrown Stakes over two miles at Naas on Sunday. Riven Light is in the Cox Plate, but he will have a few other entries in Melbourne and it is possible that he will run in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes over ten furlongs at Caulfield on October 14.

Riven Light has scored on three occasions on the Flat this season, landing the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap at the Galway festival in July, the Meadowview Stables Race at Tipperary and the Listed Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes last week. Wicklow Brave is being aimed at the 12-furlong Group 1 Caulfield Cup on October 21 and may also line up in the Melbourne Cup, a race in which he finished 22nd of 24 runners a year ago. He was fourth to Order Of St George in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh earlier this month. 

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