Owner Nick Peacock is relishing the opportunity to have a second crack at the Melbourne Cup following Wicklow Brave’s shock victory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday.
Defending champion and Gold Cup hero Order Of St George was the hot favourite for the Group One contest, but had to make do with the runner-up spot as Wicklow Brave made every yard of the running to provide Ireland’s all-conquering champion National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins with his first Classic success.
Peacock has had a Melbourne Cup runner before, with the Mullins-trained Simenon fourth in 2013, and Wicklow Brave is now firmly on course for the Flemington showpiece.
“I still can’t believe it, to be honest. I thought we had a pretty good chance of beating Trip To Paris, but I didn’t think we’d beat Order Of St George in a month of Sundays,” said the owner.
“Frankie (Dettori) rode him very well and he obviously enjoyed being ridden from the front. That combined with the favourite probably having an off-day was enough for us to bridge the 13lb gap.
“We’re now getting sorted for Australia and it is very exciting.”
He added: “I don’t even want to think about what sort of chance he has at this stage. We’re just happy to be going.
“I don’t think he’ll have another run between now and then. Simenon did have a run in Australia beforehand, but he hadn’t run since the Ebor meeting at York.
“Wicklow Brave has run a bit later and I don’t think he needs to run between now and the Melbourne Cup itself.”