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Horse Racing: Ellison flies out to oversee Story's Cup bid.

Byline: David Lawrence and Tony O'Hehir

AUSTRALIA Brian Ellison flies to Australia today to supervise Bay Story's final preparations for what the Malton-based trainer hopes will be a successful shot at the Melbourne Cup in November, write David Lawrence and Tony O'Hehir.

Ellison's charge has been in Australia since running at Flemington and in Perth last winter and, provided all is well when the trainer arrives Down Under, the six-year-old will take part in a racecourse trial a week today.

Ellison said yesterday: "The plan then is to run him in the Bart Cummings Stakes at Flemington on October 6, and after that the Melbourne Cup, assuming he gets into the race."

"He's set to carry 50kg in the big one, equivalent to 7st 12lb, and the Australian handicapper tells me he'd have a good chance of making the cut, judged on last year's declarations.

"He needs quite a few to come out at this stage as he's way down the list, but plenty of those above him won't be making the trip from Europe, and there are doubts about some of the others because of the equine flu outbreak in Australia.

"The lad who went with Bay Story says he's in great form and, as the prize-money is so good down there, we think we'll leave him where he is to race right through our autumn and winter - their spring and summer."

A decision on whether Ballydoyle will be represented in the Melbourne Cup is likely to be made this week.

Aidan O'Brien has three possible contenders - Yeats and Scorpion, first and second in the Irish St Leger on Saturday, and Doncaster Cup winner Septimus - but of the trio, Scorpion could be the most likely to head to Australia.

Speaking at the Curragh yesterday, O'Brien said: "We haven't decided about Melbourne. None of them are being ruled out just yet, although Scorpion is certainly a possible at this stage."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 17, 2007
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