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Rekindling, Johannes veer past Sydney

Andrew Eddy 5/3/2018

The horses to fill last spring's Melbourne Cup quinella may not be seen at all this autumn with Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer now almost certain to miss the Sydney carnival.

Major part-owner of the pair Lloyd Williams indicated in a text message on Monday that the imported pair could follow the same autumn strategy of the previous year's Melbourne Cup winner Almandin, who did not race in the first half of 2017.

Williams indicated that the pair would have just one run for the campaign - if they were to start at all - and that could come in the group 2 $200,000 Blamey Stakes (1600 metres) at Flemington on March 17.

Johannes Vermeer, Rekindling and last Saturday's first-up winner Aloft share the top line in some early Sydney Cup markets at $8 while stable mates Almandin ($11) and The Taj Mahal ($15) are expected to run in Saturday's $1.25million Australian Cup at Flemington.

It is anticipated either or both will then progress to Sydney where to fill the void left by their absent mates from Macedon Lodge.

Johannes Vermeer ($15) and Rekindling ($15) were also among the handful of gallopers ranked capable enough of at least testing Winx in the $4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000 metres at Randwick next month.

The Irish-trained Rekindling remained in Australia following his ground-breaking Melbourne Cup win last spring with the intention of taking on both the $1.5million BMW at Rosehill on March 31 and the $2million Sydney Cup at Randwick on April 14 before returning to the stables of his trainer Joseph O'Brien in Ireland.

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