Balding eyes Australian trip

Elbereth (centre) could be sent to Australia

Andrew Balding has raised the possibility of sending Elbereth on her travels later in the year after earmarking the Caulfield Cup as a potential long-term target.

The six year-old outran her double-figure odds for the second race in succession on Friday, when finishing a respectable fourth in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Although plans remain fluid for immediate targets, the Kingsclere handler hinted the mile-and-a-half Group One in Australia on October 14 could be on the agenda.

Balding said: "I am really pleased with her. She ran a great race. When I made the entry I had the idea there would be about a six-runner Coronation Cup and we might finish third or fourth in that, but we finished fourth in a quality Coronation Cup.

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"She should be a bit of fun travelling with in the autumn, and the Caulfield Cup is a possibility. She travels well, we know she has the ability to run well in that sort of race and it helps that she goes on any ground."

Horseplay could be aimed at another Classic outing later in the campaign, with Balding considering stepping her up in trip for a tilt at the St Leger in September.

The daughter of Cape Cross finished fourth on her first attempt at the top table, and over a mile and a half, in the Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

He said: "She didn't come down the hill as well as we hoped, and expected, but Oisin (Murphy) couldn't pull her up until the rail near the end, which is a good sign.

"Hopefully she will be a force in Group races over further. I think we will probably work back from the St Leger and see if she manages to win a nice race between now and then."

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