Australian Thoroughbred

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2/11/2017 Imported son of teaser to win Melbourne Cup

  A report that Tiberian, a French bred horse out here for the Melbourne Cup, is working in strong style at Werribee in Victoria, including in his progress the gallops of the week on October 17 and October 24, suggests this son of a thoroughbred stallion used as a teaser at the Haras du Logis stud, the home of the Darley sires in France, could capture the glory at  Flemington on November 5.  

  Backing up his Australian track work has been impressive performances in Group races at 2400m-2500m back home and despite the lowly, but important, status of his sire, Tiberius Caesar, breeding conducive to staying 3200m. He has been to the post on 17 occasions for six wins, four of them stakes, four seconds and over $500,000 and has demonstrated a good turn of foot.

  Described as a truly consistent performer, Tiberian was flown out for his Cup tilt after two wins at 2500m at one of France’s principal tracks, Deauville, in August, a Group 3 event and then the Group 2 Grand Prix Deauville.

  He is the only foal from the only mating that was a reward for his services as a teaser of his sire Tiberius Caesar (Fr) in the 2011 northern hemisphere season.They also produced a winner from his only mating in 2012, but following these successes he was put to 15 mares this year at a refreshing fee of 50 magnums of champagne.This has been doubled to 100 magnums for 2018.

  Raced in Germany and France, appearing 59 times for five wins at 1600m, including one Group 3, Tiberius Caesar is by the Danzig sire Zieten (USA and from Thekla, a German mare who won at 1800m. He got Tiberian from Thomasina, a winner of three races to 1400m and a Listed second who has three sires used in Europe and Australia in her immediate pedigree. They are his dam’s sire Marju (Ire) (Group1600m winner and English Derby second), his sire Last Tycoon (Ire) and Kenmare (Fr), the sire of her grandam,

  Trained by Alain Couetil of France, Tiberian is half owned by an Australian syndicate established by the Darren and Liz Dance headed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock. He is to run in the Cup for twenty owners, including the Haras du Logis Stud.

   A leading syndication operation based at Ballan, Victoria, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock have had imports perform creditably in earlier Melbourne Cups, finishing second last year with Heartbreak City, third in 2012 with Jakkalberry and fifth in 2013 with Dandino.

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