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Fifth Cup On Agenda For Precedence
Veteran stayer Precedence (Zabeel-Kowtow, by Shadeed) will try and qualify for a fifth Melbourne Cup by winning the race named in honour of his famous trainer, reports Racing.com. The 9YO son of Zabeel will be aimed at the Gr3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington in early October, a race that carries ballot exemption status for the Melbourne Cup. Speaking on RSN radio yesterday, James Cummings, who trains in partnership with his grandfather Bart, said Precedence was showing positive signs at this early stage of his preparation. "He's actually going terrific. We had a little plan to be first-up in the Chelmsford (Stakes) at Randwick and if he's in good form we've got our eye on the Bart Cummings to bring him down to Melbourne third-up for that race," he said. "I think that's really going to be his race – and create an exemption for the Melbourne Cup and I think he should really relish the 2500m at Flemington." He added: " I get the feeling that he's still got some good racing in him this preparation and, if this was to be his last, he could certainly go out with a bang." Precedence first competed in the Melbourne Cup in 2010, finishing a respectable eighth behind top stayer Americain. He has started in every Cup since, with the exception of 2013, and last year achieved a personal best Cup performance when finishing sixth behind Protectionist.