Melbourne Cup 2012 hopefuls on trial at Flemington

The road to the Cups starts on Saturday for European import Fictional Account who makes her Australian debut at Flemington.

The seven-year-old is relatively lightly-raced for her age and has won six of her 23 starts in Ireland and England.

The mare’s Irish owner sent her to Australia to chase his Melbourne Cup dream and he settled on David Hayes as his trainer, impressed by his expansive training facilities at Euroa.

“The owner came and inspected Lindsay Park Euroa and thought she would be ideally suited coming to us,” Hayes said.

“He sent her out to be set for the Cups.

“His dream is to win a Melbourne Cup.”

Fictional Account boasts some handy formlines.

She defeated Fame And Glory to win the Listed St Leger Trial (2816m) at The Curragh last August and was fourth in a Listed race over 3219m at Newmarket at her European swansong in September.

Hayes had planned to kick her off earlier but a setback delayed those plans and she will now resume in Saturday’s Stirling Mortlock Handicap (2000m) at Flemington.

Hayes said Fictional Account had shown ability in her work and appeared to have adapted well to her new environment but he was unsure what to expect on raceday.

“Her trackwork suggests she goes well but you’ve got to see her run in a race before you really know,” Hayes said.

“I think the trick will be getting her rating up again to get her into the nice races.

“She’s got reasonable form at a mile-and-a-half so what she does at less than that will be a bonus.”

Dwayne Dunn will partner Fictional Account, one of three runners for Hayes on the eight-race program.

He will also start Unchain My Heart in the Fujitsu Air Conditioning Handicap (1600m) and Shock Value in the Monjon Australia Handicap (1000m) with apprentice Ben Knobel aboard both.

Unchain My Heart won the Bagot Handicap in January and was spelled after finishing fourth to Hanks at Moonee Valley a month later.

He beat one rival home when he resumed at Caulfield last month on an unsuitable slow track but his best form is over 2000m and further.

Hayes also confirmed Group One winner Eagle Falls was scratched from last week’s Sir John Monash Stakes due to the wet track.

“Find me a dry track and he’ll be running,” Hayes said.

“He’s ready to go.”

20 Jul 2012


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