By Simon Jackson.
Saeed bin Suroor is eyeing the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November with Cavalryman after his neck victory over stablemate Ahzeemah in the Artemis Goodwood Cup.
The eight-year-old entire was held up in the rear by Kieren Fallon for much of the two mile contest before challenging two furlongs out. He picked up well in the closing stages to hold off the late challenge of Ahzeemah who finished runner-up for the second successive year.
Last year’s winner, Brown Panther, was four and a half lengths back in third place while the Queen’s runner, the 2-1 favourite Estimate, finished last of the eight runners.
“Cavalryman is a good fighter,” bin Suroor said. “He won over two miles in Dubai on firmer ground and also he won last time over a mile and a half at Newmarket on the soft. He runs on any ground and is doing really well. He improves with age.
“He is very easy to train. Whatever you ask of him in the morning, he does it really well. When he works over seven furlongs or a mile, he doesn’t show you a lot because he is a stayer. I think a mile and a six furlongs or two miles is the best trip for him.
“I said to Kieren to keep the horse where he is happy but the best way – like when he won in Dubai – is to come from behind. He is a tough horse and always runs well.
“He has shown some turn of foot and now we will take him to York for the Lonsdale and then, for the end of the season, we will talk to Shiekh Mohammed but it could be the Melbourne Cup.
“Ahzeemah could be another option for the Melbourne Cup and I would like to take three horses down to Australia.
“For Australia you need to have a horse with class and speed.”
Read ‘Horse Talk with Simon Jackson’ at London24 for the latest horse racing news.