Constantinople set for Flemington test

22 April 2021 00:40:30 GMTPlus10

Constantinople will take a step towards a possible tilt at the Group 1 Melbourne Cup when he lines up in the William Newton VC Handicap over 2600 metres at Flemington on Sunday.

Lindsay Park held high hopes for the son of Galileo when he arrived from Ireland for the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival. An unlucky first-up fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup saw Constantinople one of the favoured runners in that year's Melbourne Cup where he finished 13th behind Vow And Declare.

He was gelded after a moderate autumn campaign in 2020 then after one run last spring underwent an operation for a breathing problem.

As a result, Constantinople has only had one run this year, finishing tenth in the Group 3 Easter Cup over 2000 metres at Caulfield on April 3.

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said he had really improved out of his Easter Cup run. "First-up at the 2000 metres, he just needed it and I was quite happy with the way he finished it off," said Hayes.

"He's eating up and really coping with the workload, but it is a big ask again, jumping straight to the 2600 metres, but I think that will be a good blow out. The Andrew Ramsden could be an option if he runs a really nice race, he could definitely head that way.”

The 2800-metre Listed Andrew Ramdsen takes place at Flemington on 15th May and the winner is granted a ballot-free entry into the Melbourne Cup, which is being run on Tuesday, 2nd November this year.

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