Cumani criticises Spencer's 'very bad rides' on Mount Athos ahead of Melbourne Cup

Mount Athos is being aimed at the Melbourne Cup. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Luca Cumani has sensationally criticised Jamie Spencer’s riding of leading Melbourne Cup fancy Mount Athos.

To take a look at all the latest odds on the Melbourne Cup and to get a free £10 no deposit bet on the race, head to Betfred now.

The trainer has admitted that he will be searching for an Australian jockey for the famous Flemington handicap after his disappointment in Spencer’s riding of the horse this season.

The superstar finished fifth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot before finishing eighth in the Goodwood Cup earlier this year and Cumani was unhappy with the way his stable flagbearer was ridden in both contests.

Richard Hughes took over in the saddle to finish second in the Listed March Stakes last time out and Cumani explained: “It’s on record that he was given two very bad rides. It wasn’t the plan to ride him like that so I insisted a change of jockey and we got the result that we expected.”

Mount Athos will now return to Melbourne in a bid to finish higher than last year’s fifth and Cumani continued:  “The jockey hasn’t quite been fixed up yet, but there’s every chance it will be an Australian jockey."

It would not be the first time that Cumani has found an Australian jockey to ride one of his mounts and he used Damien Oliver on 2007 runner-up Purple Moon and the following year booked Corey Brown to partner Bauer to a nose second to Viewed.

Mount Athos will once again run of 54kg in the handicap and he will now head straight to Flemington for the contest.  

Mount Athos finishes fifth in the Melbourne Cup

Cumani continued: “That’s the way that the horse likes to run, he likes to run fresh and that’s what we did last year and he ran very well last year.

“I’m very happy with him, I’m happy with his condition, I’m happy with the way he ran his race last time and I’m happy with the way he ran before Ascot.

“It’s just those two blips were entirely due to the way he was ridden.” 
comments powered by Disqus

All Australian Racing News

Recent Melbourne Cup Articles

  • Marco Botti duo Dandino and Seismos set to head for Melbourne Cup in good form

    Marco Botti had a super Saturday with big-race wins for Euro Charline and Seismos, plus a return to form for Dandino, and the Newmarket trainer is now eyeing Emirates Melbourne Cup glory with the last two named horses....

  • Mount Athos ruled out of 2014 Melbourne Cup

    Mount Athos has been ruled out of the 2014 Melbourne Cup through injury, owner Marwan Koukash has announced....

  • 2014 Melbourne Cup tips - Punters prepare for Flemington showpiece

    The countdown to the 2014 Melbourne Cup continues and are looking for a huge year at Flemington racecourse....

  • 2014 Melbourne Cup date announced

    The 2014 Melbourne Cup will be held at Flemington racecourse on Tuesday November 4....

  • Mount Athos on course for Melbourne Cup after Newbury success

    Mount Athos looks set for a return to Australia for the 2014 Melbourne Cup later in the year....

  • 2014 Melbourne Cup dates announced

    The 2014 Melbourne Cup will be held at Flemington racecourse on Tuesday November 4....

  • 2014 Melbourne Cup betting odds – Fiorente $19 to go back-to-back

    Corporate bookmakers, luxbet and Ladbrokes Australia, have installed the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente as the $19 second favourite for the 2014 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington....

  • 2013 Melbourne Cup result and replay - Ladbrokes battered by Fiorente at Flemington

    Ladbrokes were counting the cost of the Melbourne Cup after market leader Fiorente landed the race on Tuesday....

  • 2013 Melbourne Cup replay - Watch a replay of 'the race that stops a nation'

    You can watch a replay of the 2013 Melbourne Cup as soon as they cross the line at  Flemington....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Wednesday racing tips - Your expert guide to Wednesday's five race cards

    Get the lowdown on Brian's fancies for the day's action!...

  • Ruler Of The World and Magician set to return to action

    Aidan O'Brien has confirmed that Ruler Of The World and Magician are set to return to action....

  • 2014 Sprint Cup tips - Gordon Lord Byron to defend crown in Haydock feature

    On Saturday Haydock stages the final Group One sprint of the summer, the Betfred Sprint Cup to be run over a trip of six furlongs....

  • 2014 Old Borough Cup tips - The essential ante post guide to the famous handicap

    The big handicap on the Haydock card on Saturday is the Betfred TV Old Borough Cup run over one mile six furlongs and is sure to produce a very competitive field with the current ante post market going 7/1 the field....

  • Former Kiwi galloper Beauty's Beast aimed at Group 1 Emirates Stakes

    Talented former Kiwi galloper Beauty’s Beast has recently joined the Flemington stables of Danny O’Brien as he hopes his recent acquisition can progress to the Group 1 Emirates Stakes later this spring....

  • 2014 Melbourne Cup entries – 31 internationals amongst 148 entries

    A total of 148 world-class gallopers have been nominated for the 2014 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at famous Flemington racecourse on November 4. ...

  • The Queen eyes Melbourne Cup glory as Estimate features among overseas entries

    The Queen could be set to have only her second ever runner in the Emirates Melbourne Cup after former Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate featured among 31 international nominees for this year's 'race that stops a nation' on November 4....

  • Tapestry set to drop in trip in Matron Stakes at Leopardstown

    Yorkshire Oaks winner Tapestry is set to drop down in distance to a mile for her next outing in the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on September 13, before a possible crack at Breeders' Cup glory....

  • Tuesday racing tips - Expert race-by-race selections for all today's action

    With four race meetings taking place on Tuesday, we have more top tips and selections for all the day's racing action....

More Stories


Next Race Off

  • Next Race Race/Favourite Best Price

Bookmaker offers

Latest News

Share this with your friends

Your comments:

Cumani criticises Spencer's 'very bad rides' on Mount Athos ahead of Melbourne Cup

Luca Cumani has sensationally criticised Jamie Spencer’s riding of leading Melbourne Cup fancy Mount Athos.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?