Melbourne Cup quarantine for Yellowstone after Curragh run
YELLOWSTONE is likely to go into quarantine for the Melbourne Cup shortly after running in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Saturday.
He won his first race since joining Jane Chapple-Hyam when gaining a hard-fought success from Gull Wing in a Listed event at York in July, and ran well under top weight in the rescheduled Ebor Handicap at Newbury, when third to All The Good.
Chapple-Hyam said on Wednesday: "Yellowstone will run in the Irish St Leger and, as long as he comes back fit and well, will start his quarantine at the National Stud in Newmarket on September 25. He will spend two weeks there, and will go to Australia on October 9.
"Depending on how he comes out of his race in Ireland and how he travels, he might have a prep race in the Group 3 Geelong Cup on October22 before the Melbourne Cup."
Plans for stablemate Traffic Guard remain fluid. Likewise owned by Fitri Hay,Traffic Guard ran the race of his life when beaten only half a length by New Approach in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last Saturday.
The trainer added: "Traffic Guard travelled back fantastic from Ireland and we were delighted with him. The owner and the lads backed him each-way at 100-1, and that performance has opened up a few options, like the Prix Dollar at Longchamp on October 4, the Champion at Newmarket on October 18, and the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 25."
Yellowstone is a general 33-1 shot for the Melbourne Cup, while Efficient is now challenging Septimus for favouritism at around 8-1.