James McDonald

Antiquarium (Image: Racing Post Twitter)

Godolphin undecided on Antiquarium Cup run

Antiquarium's Emirates Melbourne Cup fate will be decided at his next run according to Godolphin's chief executive John Ferguson.

Sydney-based jockey James McDonald steered Antiquarium to victory in the Northumberland Plate (3200m) at Newcastle in England over the weekend, his first victory in the Godolphin blue during the English summer.

"Antiquarium won the Plate, running off a mark of 99, and he will obviously go up in the handicap," Ferguson said.

"His next run will tell us more about the feasibility of Melbourne."

Godolphin acknowledged in their press release that Racing Victoria scout Leigh Jordon has already made contact with the global racing powerhouse about a potential trip to Australia for the Caulfield Cup and Emirates Melbourne Cup.

McDonald penned a comment piece for the Godolphin website after the win, claiming it was his most important victory in the Northern Hemisphere.

"This is my fourth stint riding in Britain, but it was my biggest win here and it meant a lot to me," he said.

"Full credit to Antiquarium, who really accelerated in the closing stages to win it with an impressive finishing thrust. We know he stays well, and he is improving. It was a very good effort.

"I have to admit the Tapeta track surface was slower than I had been anticipating. I had ridden on something similar in Singapore, which was a lot faster. I am sure climate plays a big part in how these synthetic tracks ride.

"It was hard work for many horses in the Plate, but Antiquarium has a good turn of foot. That will be a big string to his bow as he progresses up the ladder. He's got a good future.

"I felt honoured to win the Northumberland Plate for Team Godolphin. The race itself has so much tradition and it has been won by many very good stayers. I was thrilled for Charlie Appleby and everybody connected with the horse."