Passage to miss out on Melbourne Last chance for Spacious to seal win
TRAINER Dermot Weld has ruled Rite Of Passage out of the Melbourne Gold Cup, which takes place at Flemington on November 2.
Doubts about the former bumper winner's participation in the race initially surfaced when he was forced to miss the Irish St Leger earlier this month, and it now appears that he will not be making the long journey.
Weld, however, has yet to make a final decision on his other possible, Profound Beauty, who may yet travel to Australia for the showpiece event.
Profound Beauty, who was second in the Irish St Leger, entered quarantine yesterday. Her run will ultimately depend on the ground at Flemington not being too firm.
"We will wait and see how she is and how she is training, and discuss the situation with her owners before making a final decision on the Melbourne Cup," Weld said.
Last chance for Spacious to seal win
Spacious heads to the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in the "last-chance saloon" before she is retired.
James Fanshawe's mare has performed admirably throughout her career at the highest level, but has narrowly failed on more than one occasion to gain a Group One success.
Connections have taken the decision to retire the five-year-old after the Newmarket event on October 2, in which she has finished fourth and third for the past two years.
"It's last-chance saloon, I'm afraid, for her -- that will be her swansong," said Spacious' owner Chris Richardson, the managing director of Cheveley Park Stud.
"She's better on top of the ground, although she handled softer in Ireland when she was second in the Matron.
"It's a shame because we thought we might have that one in the bag but the ground just went against us slightly on the day (in the Matron Stakes).
"No excuses, though, she was beaten by a good filly and we'll have another go.
"You can't be frustrated with what she's done."