World News – UA – O’Brien and Waller pursue elusive Cup dream from afar


They are the two best coaches in the world but neither Aidan O’Brien nor Chris Waller will be at Flemington on Tuesday as Anthony Van Dyck, Tiger Moth, Verry Elleegant and Finche try to win the one of them a first Melbourne Cup

COVID-19 restrictions are causing great coaches to rely on their staff and processes to take the race that stops the nation, but reports from Melbourne continue to please them

« We did a great team work I really enjoyed taking a step back and following the processes properly without going in and changing things

Waller will be in Sydney and O’Brien in Ballydoyle in Ireland, but the similarities and intensity of the two men are extraordinary He took them to the top of a tree in Europe and Australia, but the Melbourne Cup eludes them always

It’s no surprise that Waller and the Irishman see a bit of themselves in each other There is awe and a sense of awe when talking to each other after meeting each other a few times

Verry Elleegant, trained by Chris Waller, keeps Anthony Van Dyck of the Aidan O’Brien shipyard out of the way during the Caulfield Cup last month Credit: Getty Images

« He’s a very special man He’s a lovely, very special man We’ve been following him all along, » O’Brien said of Waller

« [Winx] was the most incredible training performance of all To have a mare this long and keep doing what she was doing is a total testament to him »

Waller might be talking about himself when he talks about O’Brien, who is preparing his team for the powerful Coolmore Stud

« He is very methodical He thinks deeply about things He respects the people who work with him and uses their input, » Waller said

« It reminds me a lot of how successful you are – don’t change anything »

O’Brien has been coming for the Melbourne Cup since 2006 when he brought Ascot Gold Cup legend Yeats, who found the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup a bit short

Since then he has refined his thinking and the formula is now quality, younger horses that get along well with handicap and have a touch of class They must be at the top of their generation

Anthony Van Dyck won the English Derby last year with the acceleration in the last two stages that the remaining Europeans need when they come to Melbourne

He was beaten by Australia’s top player Verry Elleegant in the Caulfield Cup and his CV put him in the burden of topweight at 585kg on Tuesday when he is joined by Tiger Moth

« We think it’s two quality horses that went down there, but that doesn’t give you any right to win Or anything to say it’s going to happen, but you’re trying to do your best. » said O’Brien

« I guess Anthony never ran further than the mile and a half We always thought he would stay further, he’s a very classy horse »

Tiger Moth was the Irish Derby finalist earlier in the year before qualifying with a Group 3 victory at 2,400m over older horses at the age of three

« Obviously Tiger Moth is the same [as Anthony Van Dyck], a mile and a half is as far as he ran He had a really good race in the Irish Derby and we were also very happy of his last race »

O’Brien is measured but will have to challenge history with his two runners Anthony Van Dyck would break a weight record for a raider if he wins, while it has been more than 100 years since a Cup winner ‘had only four starts as the inexperienced Tiger Moth

His Group 3 victory at Leopardstown in Dublin was seen as a testing ground for Tiger Moth His cup crusade was well planned

“We tried to make this race as fast, as strong and competitive as possible to try to teach him as much as we could and expose him as much as we could,” O’Brien said. >

« We have done our best to teach him Hopefully he will have enough class and the ability to handle it »

Waller, who has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 2009, believes Verry Elleegant offers one of his best chances after giving him his first Caulfield Cup a few weeks ago by fending off Anthony Van Dyck

Her form of winning the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup in the past would have her favorite Instead, she has a $ 13 chance on Tuesday But it feels like it all falls into place with the mare five years after her draw in midfield at gate 15

« It’s my best chance since Préférence, I thought he had a better chance but I got knocked out of the race, » said Waller

« She has a draw in the middle, which will suit her as she can get into her rhythm quite quickly »

Waller also brings Finche back for a third Cup crack after a fourth run off the plane in 2018, then seventh as a favorite last year, just a length and a half behind Vow And Declare

« The difference for Finche between last year and this year’s Melbourne Cup is that he has a draw [of the sixth barrier] He is able to be closer to that good draw, » said declared Waller

« He’s a great galloper with a massive stride, which suits Flemington and just needs a little luck, which he hasn’t had in two Melbourne Cups »

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World News – UA – O’Brien and Waller pursue elusive Cup dream from afar


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