Irish import Numerian (Ire) lines-up for his first start Down Under in Friday’s $160,000, Group 3, Australian Bloodstock Cameron Handicap (1500m) on the Newcastle Cup program at Broadmeadow.
Now trained by Annabel Neasham on behalf of the 6-year-old’s long-standing owners Teme Valley, Numerian might not have attracted the same headlines afforded new stable companion Zaaki (GB) but is very capable of generating his own press coverage over the coming months if regaining anything like his best form of mid-2020.
Trained by Joseph O’Brien at the time, Numerian strung together a series of performances which saw him defeat subsequent W.S. Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet (Ire), before being beaten a neck by the very same W.S. Cox Plate runner-up Armory (Ire) when competing in the silk department of Irish racing.
Adding further substance to Numerian’s exposed form is the fact that his notable efforts during the European summer months of last year also included a close-up placing behind Buckhurst (Ire), a fellow import which the hugely successful Team Williams outfit still has nominated for all three — Caulfield Cup, W.S. Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup — tradition Melbourne spring features to be determined in the coming months.
Numerian also holds an entry for the Caulfield Cup, along with the aforementioned Sir Dragonet and Buckhurst, and is set to oppose his rivals on very favourable terms if they should all take their place in the $5 million feature.
When the trio meet in the three-horse Group 3 Alleged Stakes at the Curragh on June 27 for instance, Buckhurst carried 61.5kg to victory, and Sir Dragonet and Numerian 59..5kg into second and third place respectively. In comparison, the Caulfield Cup weights released this week see Sir Dragonet (3rd in ballot) allocated with 58kg, Buckhurst (67th) with 54kg, and Numerian (51st) with just 51kg.
Numerian heads to Newcastle for Friday’s Cameron on the back of a pretty promising Warwick Farm barrier trial over 1200m on September 7 and while his Irish form tapered off alarmingly following his clashes with Sir Dragonet, Armory and Buckhurst, his progress in the hands of Annabel Neasham should be monitored closely.
For the record, tab.com.au futures has Sir Dragonet at $26, Numerian at $51, and Buckhurst at $101 for next month’s Caulfield Cup.
View last year's Group 3 Alleged Stakes at the Curragh:-