Mummify Wraps Up Caulfield Cup
by Peter Tonkes
Date Posted: 10/20/2003 11:09:45 AM

Mummify, a horse with a name which might belong in antiquity, wrapped up the 126th Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 18 with a wire-to-wire win.

There is a far more recent historical link with the winner of the $2.1 million (Australian funds) handicap, Australia's most important at 2,400 meters. The 4-year-old is by 1994 Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner, Jeune, from a mare by the 1986 winner At Talaq (by Roberto). His name was inspired by his mom, Cleopatra's Girl, a winner of seven races.

Mummify justified his 9-2 favoritism at Caulfield, jockey Dan Nikolic's tactic to lead for the first time in 22 starts prompted by their gate--3 of the 18 runners.

To supply a fourth Caulfield Cup win for his trainer, Lee Freedman, the gelding held off a late surge by Unbridled's Song 5-year-old Grey Song (30-1) the margin three-quarters of a length. Distinctly Secret (6/1 and by Distinctly North) was a nose back in third and a neck ahead of Makybe Diva, an English-bred mare by Desert King. The 2:25.98 was just 66/100ths off the track record held by Diatribe.

Damien Oliver had ridden the three previous Freedman-barn winners but opted for the Dermot Weld-conditioned In Time's Eye, a drifter from 11-2 to 8-1. The son of Singspiel tracked the leaders but did not fire in the stretch on the sharp surface and finished 10th.

The other international entry, Hug's Dancer, fared better while finishing seventh. The 50-1 chance turned in a sound Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) trial after racing wide with the lead pack.

Mummify collected his third grade I success in the Cup, his first in the South Australian Derby in May, the other in the Underwood Stakes last month.

The $41,000 yearling in Adelaide has won over $2.3 million going into next month's $4 million Melbourne Cup, the race he was destined for given his parentage.

He he is the current co-favorite with Godolphin entry Mamool at around 6-1. Mummify's sire and damsire, Jeune and At Talaq, were raced by Godolphin member Sheikh Hamdan. The Melbourne Cup will be decided over 3,200 meters at Flemington on Nov. 4.

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