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It's A Dundeel to resume in Melbourne
Mike Hedge
06:37 AEST Sat Jul 20 2013

A European campaign could be ahead of Australian Derby winner It's A Dundeel who begins his four-year-old season in Melbourne in around six weeks.

Trainer Murray Baker is looking at either the Memsie Stakes (1400m) or the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), both of which recently won promotion to Group One status, with the Cox Plate his major spring goal.

The Memsie is run At Caulfield on August 31 with the Makybe Diva a week later at Flemington.

It's A Dundeel is well into his preparation and this week was re-united with regular rider James McDonald who has just returned from a successful stint in Britain.

McDonald was aboard for a gallop at Cambridge on Thursday, coming away with renewed respect for the colt.

"I flew home on Tuesday and got up and rode It's A Dundeel in work this morning," McDonald told New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing.

"He's brilliant, he felt like an open sprinter and came off the track bucking his brands off.

"It's the first time in his career when you actually look at him and think he's a real racehorse and hopefully he will stand up and make his mark in Melbourne and potentially campaign in Europe."

It's A Dundeel's best form has been in the clockwise direction with all of his eight wins coming on right-handed tracks, six of them in Sydney.

He disappointed in two runs in Melbourne last spring, the latest when seventh behind Fiveandahalfstar in the Victoria Derby.

McDonald made a big impression in England riding for Lambourn trainer Charlie Hills who described him as "the best overseas rider in Britain".

He will return to his Sydney base for the commencement of the new racing season in August.

Also on the way back to Australia is the 2011 Victoria Derby winner Sangster who is scheduled to resume over 1200m at Te Rapa next month before running in the Group One Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings.

Trainer Trent Busuttin will then head to Australia with the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield to be followed by the Caulfield Stakes, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.


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