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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Weld is not in a rush with pale

Mimosa in quarantine but trip Down Under not definite

Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa is currently settling into the quarantine environment ahead of a possible trip to Melbourne for the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Possible is the key word there, though, because even though the high class filly has gone into quarantine the Curragh-based trainer is not yet willing to confirm her participation in the Melbourne Cup.

Weld made history when becoming the first European trainer to win the race and his legend lives on Down Under as he is only Northern Hemisphere trainer to have won the race twice.

Pale Mimosa ran below expectations in the Irish St Leger behind Brown Panther but the talented Lonsdale Cup winner is still in the mix to join the Johnny Murtagh-trained pair of Mutual Regard and Royal Diamond.

"Pale Mimosa is a nice mare, she went into quarantine today but no decision has been made yet on whether she goes or not," Weld said.

"A decision doesn't have to be made for two weeks or close to 10 days anyway. We'll just see how she's training, see what the make-up of the race is like, see what the weather forecast is like and make a final call then."

Weld made it clear that he would "like to see a little bit of rain" for the five-year-old who had raced in the colours of Dr Ronan Lambe throughout her career but is now in partnership with Lambe and Merribelle Irish Farm.

"I'll have to discuss it with the connections - it's a joint decision. There's an awful lot of money involved," Weld continued.

"I withdrew her from the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on the day because I wasn't happy with the track. I've done it already this year and there was disappointment then, but it was the right call."

Reflecting on the season so far, he added: "She was impressive when she won the Lonsdale at York, she beat a good mare of Her Majesty's that was second and has gone on to win the Doncaster Cup so the form is pretty solid.

"I've put her into quarantine. No definite decision will be made until I and the owners look at all the facts and figures, the cost of the whole thing, what the ground is likely to be and the make up of the race."

Pale Mimosa does have a number of options if connections decide against a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.

"There's a couple of nice races she could run in here, there's the Prix du Cadran on Arc day and the champion stayers race at Ascot, which would be the most likely, on Champions Day in a few weeks time."

Royal Diamond went into quarantine yesterday, while Mutual Regard is expected in Melbourne this weekend.

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