Precedence (NZ) became the first horse to double-up in the G2 Moonee Valley Cup since World War II when he powered home at the end of 2500 metres on Saturday.
The Bart Cummings trained galloper was a heavily backed favourite when Blake Shinn kicked him clear in the 2010 Cup. And he repaid loyal followers with another comfortable victory under Craig Williams three years later.
No Moonee Valley Cup winner had won it twice since Valcurl (Valiant Chief) in 1945 and 1946. “He’s still got a zest for it,” Williams said. “And he’s got the Bart Cummings factor.”
Precedence (8g Zabeel – Kowtow by Shadeed) is the second Moonee Valley Cup winner by Cambridge Stud champion Zabeel. He also got 2007 winner Gallic and his Darley-owned son Reset sired 2012 winner Vatuvei.
Cambridge Stud’s Sir Patrick Hogan races the veteran with Dato Tan Chin Nam and the Duchess Of Bedford who stayed in after selling him for $180,000 at the 2007 Karaka Sale.
Co-trainer James Cummings said Precedence will be given another chance – his fourth – in the Melbourne Cup if beating the ballot on 52kg. “We will be more than happy to take them on,” James said. “He’s by Zabeel and it’s a great pedigree for horses that go better with age.”