Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris narrowly missed out in his bid to win one of the world’s most prestigious races, The Melbourne Cup at Flemington in the early hours of Tuesday morning. His win on Ladies Day was one of the highlights of the week for VIP Royal Ascot hospitality guests in 2015.
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Ed Dunlop’s four-year-old has been one of the most progressive horses in training over the past 12 months, winning the Chester Cup in fine style before following up in the showpiece event of Royal Ascot Hospitality – Ladies Day. His victory in the Gold Cup was one of the weeks finest performances as jockey Graham Lee guided his mount to a-length-and-a-quarter victory and announced his status as Britain’s premier stayer.
His prep run in the Caufield Cup over an inadequate trip gave connections great confidence that he was ready for the Melbourne Cup. Under experienced jockey Tommy Berry, Trip To Paris broke well from his wide-draw and made smooth progress through the race.
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Entering the final two furlongs he just got caught for pace by a couple of his rivals. Despite running on at the end he was unable to get to the winner and finished a gallant fourth, beaten just two-lengths.
After the race Berry said “The pace was just too slow in the middle stages. He didn’t show the same turn of foot over the 3,200 metres but he went super and was unbelievable for the connections who couldn’t have dreamed of having a runner. Just an end-to-end gallop would have suited.”
The race was a historic event as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the illustrious race as she guided 100/1 shot Pirates Of Penzance to victory.