Eastern rising on the cards for Simenon in Cup
The Willie Mullins-trained Simenon continues to clock up the air miles as the dual Royal Ascot winner is scheduled to run in tomorrow morning's Japan Cup, having finished fourth in the Melbourne Cup earlier this month.
The six-year-old left Australia less than a fortnight ago and will again be partnered by Richard Hughes in his latest voyage.
Patrick Mullins has reported his father's charge to have settled in very well to his new surroundings.
Having spent six weeks with Simenon in Australia, it is Emmet Mullins, along with Jack Madden, who are overseeing the training of Nick Peacock's horse and having liaised with Emmet, Patrick reported all to be well ahead of the lucrative Grade One assault.
"Emmet is over there with him and he's been delighted with the way he settled in and apparently his coat looks great," Patrick revealed.
Simenon made plenty of headlines in Australia for impressing in his morning work and he is supposedly keeping up to that in Japan.
"He did a bit of work during the week that was as good as anything he did in Australia, so everyone is happy with him. When we went there we didn't envisage taking on Gentildonna, who won the race last year, so if we can get a share of the good prize money we'll be delighted."
The formerly Aidan O'Brien-trained Joshua Tree represents Ed Dunlop, and he runs having won the Canadian International for the second time last month, while French raider Dunaden is another to run following a decent effort in the Melbourne Cup when he finished 11th but was only beaten by just under nine lengths.