Angel Gabrial a Possible 2015 Melbourne Cup Contestant

July 6th, 2015

Renowned owner Marwan Koukash has twice gone close to Melbourne Cup success with the now-retired Mount Athos, and has revealed his desire to win the nation’s leading thoroughbred race is stronger than ever in 2015.

Marwan Koukash was most recently represented by Mount Athos (pictured) in the 2013 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Marwan Koukash was most recently represented by Mount Athos (pictured) in the 2013 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Koukash is currently spoiled for choice with talented stayers, but has underlined winner over two miles Angel Gabrial as the leading chance of his contingent to travel to Australia for the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Having returned to racing in typically smart form this year, Angel Gabrial ran on for a credible second in the Listed Coral Marathon (3290m) most recently on July 4th and Koukash believes the conditions of the Australian two mile should play directly into his strengths.

“I would hope that both of my runners at Sandown might be able to go to Australia, and the race on Saturday was not run to suit either of them,” said Koukash told Racing Victoria of Angel Gabrial and stable mate Sueigoo.

“The horse I am sweet on and most hopeful for this year’s Cup is Angel Gabrial.

“He was in the wrong place throughout the Sandown race and he is a keen horse who needs cover and Paul Hanagan could not get any.

“You have to remember that his run came just seven day after running again in the Northumberland Plate. He won that race last year and was carrying a lot of weight this time. He was unlucky at Newcastle this year and did well backing up in the space of a week.

“There are a couple of race options for him, including the Goodwood Cup (July 30), so we will look at where to go next and then see where we are.”

“I think he is a horse who would suit the Cup – just look at his run in the Northumberland Plate last year. He travelled smoothly, got plenty of cover and was able to accelerate strongly through the final 600 metres.

“I love to think that if I win the Melbourne Cup then I will have achieved all I want to in terms of my life in racing.”

Posting five wins and a further nine minors through 30 career starts, Angel Gabrial stamped his claims as a potential Melbourne Cup entrant initially in 2014, when charging home to win the Northumberland Plate (3219m) by close to four lengths.

Returning this time for second in the Our Profits Stay In Racing Handicap (2423m) on April 25th, the Hurricane Run gelding placed third in the Listed Grand Cup (2816m) and fourth in this year’s edition of the Northumberland Plate leading into his most recent second.

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