By Clinton Payne
Australian Bloodstock has announced intentions of another spring carnival raid, targeting the Cox Plate with a Group III winner in France overnight.
Danceteria, trained by David Menuisier, took his record to six wins from 14 starts when charging home to claim the Group III La Coupe Stakes (1m2f) at Longchamp.
The four-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice came from last under Jamie Spencer, defeating two Godolphin rivals, the Andre Farbe-trained Soleil Marin and Charlie Appleby’s Spotify.
“I’m over the moon,” Menuisier said after the victory.
“Today he showed his true colours in a competitive race and I think he’s a Group I horse.
“He’s in the Eclipse at Sandown and he’s also in Group Is in Germany and America. All options are open at the moment.
“The plan is to go to Australia at the end of the year and the main idea is to go for the Cox Plate, so we’ll work backwards from that.”
Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett said the $2 million international bonus announced last week by the Moonee Valley Racing Club is an attractive carrot for a horse like Danceteria.
“The MVRC continues to promote the W S Cox Plate around the world as we look to attract the best middle-distance turf horses to The Valley to contest our great race,” MVRC Chairman Don Casboult said in a statement.
“The Ladbrokes Cox Plate International Bonus will complement our International Invitations strategy which was introduced in 2012 whereby the Club invites the best performed horses for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.
“By partnering with selected prestigious Group I races around the world, we hope to continue to raise the profile of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and secure the best horses from around the world to race at The Valley.”
The MVRC announced the first bonus race is the Grade I Takarazuka Kinen over 2200m at Hanshin on June 23. Other international races eligible for the bonus will be announced in the coming weeks.
Lovett indicated a race proven as an Australian spring form race in Munich is likely to be the next stop for Danceteria as he builds towards his Australian assault later this year.
“The plan is to head to Germany for a 2000 metre Group I handicap at Munich in July,” Lovett said.
Sportsbet has Danceteria listed as a $34 chance in their pre-nominations market on the Cox Plate.