Peacock proud to parade Simenon in Oz
Owner 'ecstatic' as he awaits Melbourne Cup run
Simenon's owner Nick Peacock was last night ecstatic with the news that he was finally guaranteed a run in Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup without having to sit and suffer during today's Victoria Derby Day meeting.
The Willie Mullins trained six-year-old had been flirting with danger as he was 23 on the order of entry for the race but risked being demoted after two of today's races but now the Sussex native – who runs his horses with Mullins under the Wicklow Bloodstock banner – is looking forward to the afternoon.
"It's absolutely fantastic," Peacock told the Herald in Melbourne. "I got a call from Emmet (Mullins) who told me that for the first time in weeks he will be able to get a proper night's sleep."
Peacock has been in Melbourne for the last week or so and has consistently been to watch the horse during his routine pieces of work where Simenon is based at Werribee each morning.
He continued: "The last few weeks of Emmet and Jack's (Madden) lives have certainly revolved around Simenon so it would have been quite a blow for them if the horse hadn't got into the race after all that they have put in to it."
Ever since Simenon ran a blinder in the Herbert Power, Mullins had been informed by the authorities that his chances of getting a run in the Melbourne Cup without a penalty would be slightly better than 50-50 but Peacock admitted that the longer it went on the harder it became.
"It was a very anxious time. People always said that we would get in and not to worry but the longer it went on it was starting to make me feel a bit uncomfortable.
"I haven't actually spoken to Willie yet as he was in transit but I do believe he was going to enjoy a whisky to celebrate the news when he got on to his connecting flight."
Looking ahead to the race the owner is hopeful of a bold run but is not getting carried away with a horse who is steadily beginning to get more supporters as the race draws closer.
"I'm a little bit nervous but I think it would be a strange person who wasn't. You know when there are 24 runners that 23 of you are going to be a little disappointed but I think it's a race that, unless we get a really bad draw, suits our profile. I'm hopeful of a good run," Peacock admitted.
The owner, who also has horses in training in the UK, has accumulated a strong team to go jumping in the winter and by his own admission is "very fortunate" – he has only had runners with Willie Mullins since Wicklow Gold ran in April 2012.
Since then only one of the eight runners he has had with Mullins not to have won is Wicklow Gold and he's enjoyed notable success with Diakali winning two Grade Ones this year at Punchestown and Auteuil.
He also had recent hat-trick winning bumper horse Wicklow Brave along with the exciting mare Vicky De l'Oasis.
"A couple of years ago I met a gentleman at Punchestown, who has become a good friend since, and I said to him that I was considering putting horses in training in Ireland," Peacock said.
"He asked me who with and I named four or five I was thinking of and he asked, 'What about Willie Mullins?' I just thought I wouldn't be big enough for Willie Mullins. The rest, as they say, is history."
The next stop on the Melbourne Cup journey is today's barrier draw which takes place at about 6.30pm local time after the action of Derby Day at Flemington.
"As far as I am aware the owner gets to pull the stall number out at the draw, my wife Lynn is going to do that so I should probably divorce her if she goes over 18," he joked.
For the full draw for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup and the latest on Irish hope Simenon check www.twitter.com/HeraldRacing today.