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European stayer Torcedor missed travelling to Australia for the Melbourne Cup last year but is being aimed at the 2019 race.

A low-grade virus prevented Torcedor making the flight to Australia and the seven-year-old son of Fastnet Rock has not raced since finish last of seven in a Group I race over 2400m at Cologne last September.

Now owned by Australian Bloodstock, Torcedor is now trained by Andreas Wohler, who prepared Protectionist to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup for the syndicator.

Australian Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett told Melbourne radio RSN927 on Monday if Torcedor can find the form that saw him finish runner-up to Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup (2 miles) and third The Gold Cup (2m4f) in 2018 he will be the syndicators main contender for Australia’s greatest race.

“The plan is to have him nice and fit and go straight into a lead up race to the German St Leger and then go straight into quarantine,” Lovett said.

“He’ll come out here in the second shipment and hopefully go straight into the Melbourne Cup.

“If he brings his Ascot form from 12 months ago he’ll be our main hope for the Cup.”

Torcedor is currently equal second favourite at $21 for the 2019 Melbourne Cup with Sportsbet.

Plans are not quite so firm for Danceteria, elevated to $26 with Sportsbet for the 2019 Cox Plate following a strong Group I effort in England on Saturday.

The four-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice came from last in the home straight to finish fourth, beaten 5-1/4 lengths behind Enable, in the Eclipse Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Sandown however, Lovett said a start in the Cox Plate later this year is far from certain.

“It’s an interesting dynamic,” Lovett said. “The horse is trained by a Frenchman in England and we’ve got a diverse mix of owners in the horse with Europeans as well so with the horse running so well the trainer would like to keep him in Europe.

“My cards are on the table – I’d love the horse to get an invite for the Cox Plate. If we can go to Munich and be competitive there it would hold us in good stead to hopefully get an invite to the Cox Plate.”

The Group I Grosser Dallmayr Preis over 2000m at Munich later this month is next for Danceteria, the race won last year by Benbatl before winning the Group I Caulfield Stakes and running Winx to two lengths in the Cox Plate.

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