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Melbourne Cup Confirmed For Snow Sky
Racing Victoria is increasingly optimistic that Prince Khalid bin Abdullah's colours will be seen for the first time at this year's Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, reports racing.com. Racing Victoria's international recruitment officer Leigh Jordan had it confirmed to him over the weekend that the Melbourne Cup is a major target for smart 4YO Snow Sky (Nayef-Winter Silence, by Dansili), who resumed with a half length win over Brown Panther in the Gr2 Yorkshire Cup (14 furlongs) at York on Friday. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky has won of his 4 of his 12 starts and boasts Gr1 form around the likes of Flintshire and Kingston Hill, as well as a victory over Gr1 BMW winner Hartnell. Jordon said confirmation from Juddmonte's racing manager, Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, that the Melbourne Cup was a target race for Snow Sky was an exciting development. "Sir Michael Stoute was quoted in the media after the race that the whole plan now will be around aiming for the Melbourne Cup and I emailed Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, who's the racing manager for Juddmonte, and he confirmed that that was the plan of attack," Jordon said. "We've never had a Juddmonte horse run at the Spring Racing Carnival before and Sir Michael Stoute hasn't been here since Distinction ran in the Cup in 2005." He added, "Obviously there's a fair way to go, but they've confirmed that's the plan, which was good to hear."