A standout performer over each of his racing preparations since first debuting on course in the spring of 2008, co-trainer James Cummings has revealed veteran stayer Precedence is likely to target the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) on October 25th.
Returning to racing in typically strong form through late autumn/early winter this year, Precedence displayed a keen turn of foot to finish third behind champion mare Streama in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) first-up before finishing a close second to Zephyron in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) on May 24th.
While unable to justify resounding support when seventh in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) most recently on June 7th, Precedence has reportedly taken well to his short time in the spelling paddock and is working well in the lead-up to a return to the track.
No stranger to the Moonee Valley Cup, Precedence took his place in and won both the 2010 and 2013 editions of the Group 1 classic, displaying an ability to overcome both a wide draw and early hindrance to secure victory.
Yet to confirm a set path for the rising nine-year-old through spring, Cummings said the team is pleased with Precedence’s progression back to racing form and confirmed the Moonee Valley Cup will once again be on the agenda.
“We are going to have a good look at the Moonee Valley Cup again,” Cummings told Racing Ahead.
“He is in work down in Melbourne at the minute and so far the boys are quite happy with him.”
Securing an impressive total of 10 wins and 10 minor places from 59 competitive starts to date, Precedence has contested three Melbourne Cups since first appearing in the Race that Stops a Nation in 2010; finishing a competitive eighth, ninth and eleventh.
Likely to be nominated for the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Cup, the Zabeel gelding is no certainty of being granted a position in the race’s final field, however is currently available at generous odds of $101 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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