Brown Panther is reported to have settled in well in Australia in advance of his run in the Melbourne Cup .Owner Michael Owen tweeted yesterday: “Latest bulletin on Brown Panther. Normal weight 507kg. Weights after flight 500kg. Current weight 508kg. Couldn’t be happier!”
Trained by Tom Dascombe, Brown Panther was an impressive winner of the Goodwood Cup this summer. The five-year-old missed the Irish St Leger because he was reported to have a temperature and connections were happy when he finished fifth in a Goodwood Listed race towards the end of September.
Dascombe declared himself happy with that race, saying it had been over an inadequate 10 furlongs and felt it put Brown Panther on course for the Melbourne Cup.
The horse, jointly owned by Michael Owen, had a satisfactory trip to Australia and connections said he will not have a prep outing in Australia. Instead he will go straight for the big race next Tuesday.
It has been confirmed that stable jockey Richard Kingscote, who was replaced by Kieren Fallon on Brown Panther for a brief period before regaining the ride, would be on board in Melbourne.
Dascombe said: “Richard (Kingscote) is going out to ride him.. We’re all looking forward to it.”