Flemington: Schabau earns another shot at Melbourne Cup after drought-breaking win

Schabau is on track for another crack at qualifying for a Melbourne Cup start after notching his first win in more than two years at Flemington.

Connections had high hopes for the German-bred stayer after Schabau won his first three Australian runs in 2019.

But injury forced him off the scene for the spring of that year.

Trainer Robert Hickmott got Schabau back to full fitness for another crack at making the field for Australia’s greatest race last year.

However, the gelding missed qualifying for the Melbourne Cup when fourth in the Bart Cummings and sixth in the Hotham Handicap.

Hickmott set Schabau for another tilt at gaining a Melbourne Cup start in the Group 3 Bart Cummings in October after the seven-year-old lasted to win the Country Achiever John Ledger (2530m).

Jockey Brett Prebble sent Schabau to the front where he dictated proceedings to the home turn.

Schabau’s fitness gave out slightly in the last 100m but he held off Killourney to post his first win since March 2019.

Schabau and Brett Prebble hold off Killourney. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Prebble and Hickmott have already combined for a Melbourne Cup win, claiming the 2012 Cup with the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon while the jockey was based in Hong Kong.

Hickmott also prepared Almandin to win the 2016 Melbourne Cup for Williams.

Hickmott said Schabau went into his second-up assignment a touch underdone but said Prebble’s ride got the import home.

“Perfect ride by Brett,” Hickmott said.

“He got tired late but he was entitled to.

“He had a pretty interrupted week this week with no gallop on Tuesday for him (due to surface water on the training track).

“It was good that he lasted but a little bit scary late.”

Hickmott said Schabau would run again at Flemington on September 11 before tackling the Bart Cummings at the fourth run of his campaign.

TAB has Schabau as $51 in its latest Melbourne Cup market.

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