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Vengeur Masque Wins Gr3 Geelong Cup

Thursday, 26th October 2017

J: Patrick Moloney
T: M D Moroney
W: 54 kgs
S: Monsun
D: Venetian Beauty
J: Craig Williams
T: D K Weir
W: 55 kgs
S: Tamayuz
D: Katerini
J: J Winks
T: Brent Stanley
W: 54 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Shantha's Girl
J: L Nolen
T: Matthew Cumani
W: 54 kgs
S: Galileo
D: Grey Lilas

At Geelong racecourse in Victoria, 5YO Irish-bred gelding Vengeur Masque (Monsun-Venetian Beauty, by Lear Fan) broke through for his maiden stakes success and his first win since arriving in Australia when outstaying his rivals with a strong front-running victory in the $300,000 Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating race favourite Gallic Chieftain & Violate. A two-time winner in France before transferring to the Mike Moroney stable in early 2016, Vengeur Masque improved his record to 3 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Listed Mornington Cup) from 18 starts for $504,093 in earnings. Moroney confirmed that Vengeur Masque, who races in the blue and gold lightning bolt silks made famous by Chautauqua for prominent owner Rupert Legh, would now progress to the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday, 7 November. However, the import is well down the order of entry and will have to rely on receiving a weight penalty of attrition. "We have been tinkering with his gear and trying to ride him a little bit differently. We know he's a genuine two miler and it was just a matter of playing around with his gear and getting him to relax and now he's starting to do that," Moroney told racing.com. "We have a lot of faith in the horse. He's been a slow maturing horse, a really late foal by Northern Hemisphere terms but we think he will be a genuine Melbourne Cup horse both this year and next year." Moroney added: "He reminds of a horse like Brew. Once he finds the front he is very hard to run down."

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