Wicklow Brave considered for Melbourne Cup

Paul Townend on Wicklow Brave after winning at Cheltenham last year

Wicklow Brave is in the running for a trip to Australia and the Melbourne Cup.

Grade One placed over hurdles, the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was an excellent fourth to Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup last week, adding to other good efforts on the level that include third in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot back in October.

“Hopefully we’ll get another run into him and if just keeps improving, we’ll be in Melbourne come November” – Willie Mullins

Owner Nick Peacock said: “Unfortunately he wasn’t quite as good as Big Orange, but he ran a blinder and acquitted himself well.

“We’ll see what the handicapper does. I think we’d like to go to the Melbourne Cup, but we’ll have to see what the handicapper does.

“He could probably do with going up by a couple of pounds. With his current rating he would be right on the edge of getting in, I think, and it would be a big risk to take him there, with the cost and everything else, if you’re not sure you’re going to get a run.

“Willie has mentioned the Lonsdale Cup as a possible next race for him and I suppose the Irish St Leger might be the last opportunity to run if he was going to go to Australia.”

Mullins said: “He stayed on really well. Andrea Atzeni rode him and it was the first time he had sat on him.

“He’s not the easiest of rides and he just thought he might make a little bit more use of him the next time, but it puts him in the Melbourne Cup picture.

“Hopefully we’ll get another run into him and if just keeps improving, we’ll be in Melbourne come November.”

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