Big Orange a Possible 2015 Melbourne Cup Contestant

July 13th, 2015

Big Orange has stamped his claims as one to watch over a short but impressive racing career so far, and trainer Michael Bell has revealed he is seriously contemplating a trip to Australia to contest the 2015 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Posting four wins and a minor through only eleven competitive starts, Big Orange returned this time for a credible fourth in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes (2696m) on May 8th; luckless when blocked for a run and seventh in the Listed Grand Cup (2816m) on May 30th but responding in the best way possible when taking out the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Club Stakes (2414m) over the weekend.

Bell has been understandably thrilled with the form and class displayed by the son of Duke Of Marmalade through his short career and revealed his desire to contest the Melbourne Cup with the horse.

“Racing is a tough game and there are more disappointments than surprises so it is nice to get a nice surprise in a big race on a big race day,” Bell told Racing Victoria.

“I think the cheekpieces have helped dropping back in trip and it’s a brilliant result for the owner who lives locally and loves to have a winner here.

“He’s in the Goodwood Cup but we would have to carry a penalty so I doubt we’ll go that route now. We’ll have to think about what to do next but I would like to go to Australia with him one day, that’s the dream anyway.

“I would love to go for the Cup but it will be down to his owner. It was discussed last year but never happened.

“I think he would be perfect for the race – he doesn’t mind what the ground is and is tough as well.”

Unable to make much of an impact over two competitive starts on debut in 2013, Big Orange returned to racing in 2014 for second in the Median Auction Maiden Stakes (2213m) before posting a maiden win in the Felcourt Maiden Stakes (2012m) three weeks later.

Finishing fourth behind the likes of Hartnell in the Listed Queen’s Vase (3219m) on June 20th, the gelding out of Miss Brown To You won each of the Listed Chester Stakes (2692m) and Listed Noel Murless Stakes (2816m) before finishing a credible fifth in the Group 2 Long Distance Cup (3200m).

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