Scenic's son Viewed wins Melbourne Cup
VIEWED, a son of the Sadler's Wells sire Scenic, won the Melbourne Cup by the narrowest of margins from the Luca Cumani-trained Bauer on Tuesday.
The five-year-old, out of the Khozaam mare Lovers Knot, gave trainer Bart Cummings his 12th Melbourne Cup victory.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed and trained by Barry Hills, Scenic was a member of the first crop of Sadler's Wells. His dead-heat with paternal half-brother Prince Of Dance in the Dewhurst Stakes helped Sadler's Wells become champion first-season sire.
Scenic was initially retired to Coolmore, and shuttled to Collingrove Stud in Australia before moving permanently to Durham Lodge, where he stood until his death in 2005 at the age of 19.
His best southern-hemisphere runners include Marasco, Downturnand Scenic Shot. Another, Universal Prince, a full-brother to Group 1 winner Universal Queen, was transferred to stand at Durham Lodge this year.
Bauer and sire denied
Bauer's narrow defeat was naturally agonising for his connections, but it also denied the five-year-old's sire, Halling, an elusive first Group 1 winner.
Since retiring to stud in 1997, Halling has sired numerous high-class horses – but none has so far scored at the highest level. His highest-rated son on Racing Post Ratings, Norse Dancer, notoriously finished in the first four in Group 1 events on 10 occasions without ever winning one.
Halling's other Group 2 winners include Chancellor, Boscobel, Vanderlin, Dandoun, Franklins Gardens and Coastal Path.
Out of Dali's Grey, a winning half-sister to French 2,000 Guineas runner-up Diamond Green, Bauer was bred by Aston House Stud. His three-year-old Pivotal half-sister Surrealism, a 450,000gns yearling purchase, was an impressive maiden winner in October for his owner, Princess Haya of Jordan.