Corey Brown (centre) reacts after Rekindling beat Johannes Vermeer (right) ridden by Ben Melham in second and Max Dynamite third ridden by Zac Purton in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING
Corey Brown (centre) reacts after Rekindling beat Johannes Vermeer (right) ridden by Ben Melham in second and Max Dynamite third ridden by Zac Purton in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Rekindling on Sydney Cup mission

RACING: Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling is being aimed at the Sydney Autumn carnival.

Managing owner Lloyd Williams said his star stayer would most likely tackle the $1.5m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens before lining up in the $2m Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on April 14 before returning to Joseph O'Brien's stables in Ireland.

Williams decided to leave Rekindling at Macedon Lodge to recover after the Melbourne Cup rather than return immediately to Europe.

Rekindling is now in the care of Liam Howley, who has taken over the training at Macedon Lodge from Robert Hickmott.

Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup at his 10th start and Williams is keen for the four-year-old stallion to come back and help him win the race for a seventh time.

Rekindling will head to Sydney for his main autumn targets.
Rekindling will head to Sydney for his main autumn targets.

Johannes Vermeer, who finished second in the Melbourne Cup and an unlucky third in the Caulfield Cup, has been transferred from Aidan O'Brien to Howley.

Williams said he was undecided whether Johannes Vermeer would have a run in the autumn.

Williams entered six horses for the Australian Cup, including that pair, but said The Taj Mahal would likely be his only runner.

At his last two starts in spring, The Taj Mahal finished a close-up fourth in the Emirates Stakes to Tosen Stardom and won the Zipping Classic.

Williams also entered 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and Aloft for the Australian Cup, but said they would instead be aimed at the Sydney Cup.

Lloyd Williams is shaping up for a big autumn with his team of stayers.
Lloyd Williams is shaping up for a big autumn with his team of stayers.

Another former Aidan O'Brien galloper, Homesman, was his sixth Australian Cup nomination, but he is more likely to start in the Easter Cup at Caulfield.

Homesman finished third in the Belmont Derby at his most recent start.

Williams hasn't had a runner since The Taj Mahal won the Zipping Classic at Sandown in November.

The Darren Weir-trained Tosen Stardom is the $6 favourite with TAB for the Australian Cup.



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