Gosden has Decorated Hero on International course

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 October, 1998, 12:00am

Leading Newmarket trainer John Gosden will bypass the Breeders' Cup for another crack at the International Bowl in December with Decorated Hero, soundly beaten in last year's renewal by the brilliant Catalan Opening.

A pleased Gosden watched Decorated Hero romp home in the Group Two Challenge Stakes on home ground on Saturday and said: 'He did run well at the Breeders' Cup last year but, quite frankly, Hong Kong makes more appeal to me.

'He'll get the right ground and it is a good race.

'The conditions are excellent and by aiming him squarely for it now, he would be in peak shape by December.' Decorated Hero, with Saturday's Newmarket win behind him and a useful season, looks odds-on to land one of the slots for European horses and he would be ridden by Frankie Dettori, who partnered him last year.

Decorated Hero is owned by Godolphin.

And there could be a surprise Hong Kong return for popular Paddy Payne, who was not granted a licence to ride here this season.

Payne was on board Toledo, who won a good Group Three race at Caulfield on Saturday and is high on the list of handicapper Jim Bowler's suggestions for the International Races.

And he could be the jockey in the Melbourne Cup for the English invader Sheer Danzig, owned by Jockey Club steward, Ronald Arculli.

Sheer Danzig is thriving in Melbourne and trainer Robert Armstrong had offered the ride to Damien Oliver.

But Oliver is now confirmed as the jockey for shock Caulfield Cup winner Taufan's Melody.

Oliver was on board Faithful Son in the first leg of the big Australian Spring double and was flayed in the sporting press for his ride on the luckless English challenger, who finished fourth.

Faithful Son will now be ridden in the Flemington showpiece by Dettori.

Arculli said: 'I have put forward Paddy's name because he rode for me here.

'I don't know the latest position, but I would be perfectly happy if he was able to ride the horse.'