Meanwhile in … Melbourne: the horse called Elephant taking the trunk route to cult status

Horse Racing Elephant and David Browne
Elephant and trainer David Browne after winning G3 Sandown Stakes. Photo: NZ Racing Desk/Bruno Cannatelli

Australia: A horse called Elephant is developing a cult following in Australia and New Zealand – and not just because of his unusual name.

The five-year-old gelding was unbeaten in four starts in his native New Zealand for the small Cambridge stable of husband-and-wife team David and Emma Lee Browne – and since crossing the Tasman for Australia, he has won two out of three, the latest a G3 prize.

His next run will be in the G1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday which could be a stepping stone to a tilt at Australia’s biggest weight-for-age contest, the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.

Elephant, a son of Shocking, was not named because of his size. The name was the choice of his breeder Andrew Fowler, and the horse lives up to it by curling his lip at every opportunity.

He is among a team of horses David Browne has taken to Victoria for the spring, which also includes Moonee Valley winner Rhinoceros. Between them, they have so far netted A$400,000 (£213,000) in prize-money.

Horse Racing Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros: has joined Elephant by winning in Australia. Photo: NZ Racing Desk/Scott Barbour (Racing Photos)

Looking ahead to Elephant’s weekend, David Browne told RSN Racing Pulse: “We came over because we thought he could be a once-in-a-lifetime horse. If he won the Toorak we would probably have a go at the Cox Plate. 

“He has been working as well as he has done the whole time and he’s probably looking the best he has done.”

What is more, Elephant and Rhinoceros have clearly started a trend in horses named after pachyderms as a three-parts sister to the latter is set to be called Hippopotamus.

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