Joseph O’Brien considering Melbourne Cup outing


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Trainer Joseph O’Brien has confirmed he and connections are considering a run in the Melbourne Cup for Rekindling.

The three-year-old was in fine form last weekend as he finished fourth in the St Leger at Doncaster, with Capri eventually taking the victory for Joseph’s dad Aidan.

Rekindling has enjoyed a successful season so far, winning two of his six races but O’Brien is tempted by another run.

Rekindling won his first race of the year at Leopardstown before finishing 16th at Epsom Downs, but he has since responded by winning at the Curragh.

The bay colt only lost by two lengths at Doncaster and owner Lloyd Williams has entered him in the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup in Australia.

The Aussie businessman may also allowed Rekindling to run at Ascot in October in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.

However, O’Brien admits that all options are currently being considered for the stable star.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s come out of Doncaster well. We’re very happy with him.

Australia is still under consideration and Ascot is an option as well. I’d say it’s 50-50 between the two at the moment.

“If he’s going to Australia I think he needs to go into quarantine on September 28, so we’ve got to decide before then.

“If he goes to Australia, he’s in the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup the week before. The Melbourne Cup is probably the more likely.”

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