Dermot Weld unhearths 2011 Melbourne Cup contender

Champion Irish trainer Dermot Weld may have unearthed a potential contender for this year’s Melbourne Cup in the form of Unaccompanied.

Unaccompanied, a mare by Danehill Dancer, was a dominant winner of the Listed Alleged Stakes (1m4f) overnight.

Sent out a 4-1 second favourite, Unaccompanied defeated 33-1 shot Cilium.

Long odds on favourite St Nicholas Abbey finished a disappointing third.

Weld says the mare will continue to be a dual purpose racehorse, racing both on the flat and over jumps.

“She’ll go to Punchestown [jumps festival] next providing the ground is not too firm,” Weld says.

“She’s a lovely, big genuine mare.”

Unaccompanied is owned by Moyglare Stud Farm, who also owned dual Melbourne Cup runner Profound Beauty.

Weld has won two Melbourne Cups – with Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002).

Written by Andrew Hawkins

03 Apr 2011


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