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Comeback for 2018 Melbourne Cup Runner
Irish-bred import Muntahaa (Dansili-Qertaas, by Linamix) will make his long awaited return to the track this Saturday as the first step in a Melbourne Cup campaign, reports racing.com. Last sighted when last in the 2019 Geelong Cup, Muntahaa won the 2018 Ebor Handicap prior to his arrival in Australia. Co-trainer Ben Hayes said, "We checked him out after his last run and we found some stomach ulcers. We've given him a long break and we've been really patient with him. I was happy with his last trial, he showed a bit of pace over 800 metres, which was great to see. He's had some more time to acclimatise to Australia and hopefully he's left the issues with the stomach ulcers behind him." The 7YO gelding will have to carry 62kg when he resumes in the Happy Retirement Pat Hyland over 2000m at Flemington. "First-up, 2000 metres, with a big weight, it's a big ask, but we're hoping for improvement," he said. "If he can come out and run a big race, then maybe we can target some of the better races through the spring. The dream is to get him into another Melbourne Cup, but he really needs to improve." Muntahaa has won four of his 21 starts, with all of those wins in the UK, including the 2017 Gr3 John Porter Stakes over 2400m.