Bendigo Cup winner Qewy won’t run in the Melbourne Cup, paving the way for Wall Of Fire to be lifted into the field for Tuesday’s $6 million race.
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed from the United States where he’s attending the Breeders Cup meeting at Del Mar that last year’s fourth placegetter will be saved from the two-miler after a track record win at Bendigo on Wednesday.
It means James Cummings’ locally-prepared Hartnell will be the only Godolphin representative in the race that stops the nation.
“He knows he’s had a race, and I think the Cup will just come a bit soon for him,” Appleby said. “It’s only six days between the two races.
“Hopefully we can consider another race for him in Melbourne this trip, provided he is back on top form.”
It means connections of Wall Of Fire will be relieved, guaranteeing their spot in the race after travelling all the way from the United Kingdom for the spring carnival.
Mick Kent’s Abbey Marie, who would have vaulted to No.24 in the order of entry, is also a non-starter and won’t pay the $49,500 final acceptance fee.
It means Willie Mullins’ Thomas Hobson is another step closer to handing the Irish wizard a third runner in the race as he occupies the last spot in the field, joining stablemates Max Dynamite and Wicklow Brave.
But he can be tipped out if one of eight runners win the Lexus Stakes on Saturday, the Melbourne Cup’s last chance saloon.
Qewy had been right in Melbourne Cup betting, but will now be saved for either the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival or the Sandown Cup, a race he won last year.
“It was definitely a tough decision,” Appleby’s stable foreman Chris Connett said at Werribee. “It’s disappointing to see him miss the race because he would have been sticking on and might have been right there, but we’ve got to do the right thing by the horse.
“We know he ran so well last year, but it might be just a bit too soon after Bendigo and it was a hard run on Wednesday. There’s a couple of options now and we’ll let the horse tell us how he’s going.”
Almandin heads Sportsbet’s market at $6.50 with Wall Of Fire on the sixth line of betting at $13.
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