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Australian Bloodstock has bolstered its German-bred assault on the 2012 Melbourne Cup after securing another lightly-raced galloper for its client base.

Australian Bloodstock co-founder Luke Murrell announced the organisation has secured Mawingo, a veteran of five starts, to join this year’s German-bred Melbourne Cup placegetter Lucas Cranach at Anthony Freedman’s Mornington Peninsula stable.

“Getting so close with Lucas Cranach showed us we were on the right track to getting a Melbourne Cup winner,” Murrell, who runs Australian Bloodstock with co-director Jamie Lovett, said.

“We have looked for a similar type of horse to Lucas Cranach because we think a good stayer with a strong turn of foot is the type that will be successful in the big cups next spring.

“With Lucas Cranach, we have two really good stayers to aim for next year’s Melbourne Cup, which is a great thrill.”

Lucas Cranach proved to be an enormous success story for Australian Bloodstock after the stallion earned more than $450,000 in just two starts for the NSW-based organisation.

Mawingo scored a Group III win in the Bavarian Classic (2000m) at Munich in May before the three-year-old by northern hemisphere time finished fourth in the Group I Deutsches Derby (2400m) in July.

Murrell said Mawingo would arrive on January 20 before Freedman begins preparing the son of Tertullian for his Australian debut in the latter part of the Sydney autumn carnival before he attempts to qualify for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups via the Brisbane winter carnival.

Sportingbet Australia has Lucas Cranach as a $19 equal favourite for the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

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