2016 Melbourne Cup the Target for Excess Knowledge

August 31st, 2016

Co-trainer Adrian Bott has revealed that Excess Knowledge will be set on a path towards the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m) when he returns to racing in the Spring Racing Carnival.

Excess Knowledge will be set for the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Excess Knowledge will be set for the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Excess Knowledge was a typically-smart performer for Gai Waterhouse through the 2015 edition of the Spring Carnival; resuming for fifth in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) before a luckless run for seventh in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m).

Progressing to a close second in the Listed Harry White Classic (2400m), the Monsun entire again finished second in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before taking out the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day; securing ballot-free entry into the Melbourne Cup.

While rated only little chance of success on the first Tuesday of November, Excess Knowledge produced a smart effort to run on for a credible seventh.

Having been kept to a light two start campaign through the recent Autumn Carnival, Bott told Racing Victoria that the team has been thrilled with Excess Knowledge and expect he will figure as a legitimate 2016 Melbourne Cup prospect; beginning with a run in Saturday’s Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

“He did have a bit of a light autumn, that was purpose-built,” Bott said.

“He’s been aimed at the Melbourne Cup again; he ran a huge race in it last year.

“Everything’s been geared towards another Cup preparation, and this is a starting point.

“We like to have a good foundation [fitness-wise] with him going to the races.

“That being said, the grand final is still a while off so there’s definitely improvement to come.

“He’s forward enough to run a very competitive race fresh on Saturday

“It’s a lovely track here (Moonee Valley), so it’s always great to take advantage of that and give him a nice hit-out for Saturday’s race.

“He has the advantage of having a Melbourne preparation before so he’s well-equipped this time around.”

Excess Knowledge has posted an impressive four wins and five minors through only fifteen career starts, since debuting to racing during the late autumn and winter of 2014.

Excess Knowledge is currently available at early 2016 Melbourne Cup odds of $61 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.