The Age
By Andrew Eddy
October 7, 2003

Christophe Soumillon celebrates after Dalakhani wins in Paris.

Cup hopeful Vinnie Roe heads into quarantine

Once again, Irish trainer Dermot Weld has emerged as the key figure for next month's $4.6 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington after ordering race topweight Vinnie Roe into quarantine.

Early yesterday morning Melbourne time, Vinnie Roe turned in an excellent performance to finish fifth in the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris and was then sent to quarantine by Weld, who gave little indication as to where his star stayer would be heading next. "We will see in the next 10 days or so whether we will take him back to Melbourne," he said.

It seems certain Vinnie Roe will have at least one more run this campaign but Weld is to decide whether it will be at Flemington, or in Paris for the French St Leger, or in the Canadian International.

As the Melbourne Cup holds the greater purse and at 3200 metres is the longest race of the three, Melbourne appears to be the most likely option for Weld, who has won the cup twice.

If Vinnie Roe is aimed at the cup, he will arrive here on October 21 and emerge from his two weeks in quarantine at Sandown on Melbourne Cup morning.