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Lemaire Excited About Bande

Friday, 17th October 2014

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Christophe Lemaire believes Japanese stayer Bande (Authorized-Logica, by Priolo) has the right credentials to win Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), reports racing.com. Despite never having ridden the 5YO, the French hoop said he had plenty of confidence in the ability of the son of Authorized, who is a well-supported $7 second favourite behind top-class mare Lucia Valentina ($4.60). "I [will] know more about the track when I walk on it on Saturday morning," Lemaire told RSN radio. "But it doesn't look very hard to ride; I think it's a flat course [and I am] looking forward to seeing for real how it is." Bande, who was a last-start 5-length winner of the Listed Sapporo Nikkei Open (2600m), is yet to win at Gr1 level, but has proven highly competitive in elite company as evidenced by his third placing behind compatriot Epiphaneia in the Gr1 Japanese St Leger (3000m) last October. "He's a very nice horse, a nice strong horse; he's a good galloper and he stays very well which will be a big advantage, I think, in this field," he said. Lemaire described his 2011 Melbourne Cup win on Dunaden as one of his career highlights, saying it raised his profile in the southern hemisphere. "[The Melbourne Cup] is one of the greatest moments in my career; it gives me more credit in this part of the world in, Asia and Australia," he said. "This was a part of the world that I had never been before, the fans and race callers know me better than before and they are happy to see me here."

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