Cup repeat bid not on agenda

Protectionist is highly unlikely to bid for a second Melbourne Cup win later this year despite continuing his resurgence in Germany on Sunday.

Protectionist: Has options, but unlikely to return to Flemington

The six-year-old claimed the Flemington showpiece in 2014 for trainer Andreas Wohler, after which he remained in Australia to continue his career.

However, after a largely disappointing stint with Kris Lees, owners Australia Bloodstock sent him back to Wohler and it has proved a shrewd move.

Since returning to his homeland, Protectionist has won each of his three starts, completing the hat-trick in the Group One Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten.

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Wohler is hopeful there are more big prizes to be won with his charge before he is retired to stud, but a return Down Under is not currently under consideration.

"To win a Group One (in Europe) was a big target for him with his second future in mind," said the trainer.

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"He won a conditions race on his first run of the year, then the Group Two and now the Group One, so we are very happy.

"Normally he will now go to Baden-Baden (Grosser Preis von Baden, September 4) in three weeks' time and then we will see.

"We have different options and we will take it race by race, but I doubt that (Melbourne Cup) very much."

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