‘World’s Most Unlikely’ Melbourne Cup Runner Had A Humble Beginning

The phrase “Breed the best to the best, and hope for the best” is a well-known adage in the Thoroughbred industry. Not every foal is born a blue-blood, however, and some of the best racehorses can come from very ‘humble’ beginnings.

As the Huffington Post reports, one such example is the French-bred Tiberian, who is set to compete in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup next week. Tiberian is a 5-year-old horse by Tiberius Caesar out of Toamisina, by Marju.

If you are unfamiliar with the pedigree, you probably aren’t the only one. Tiberian’s sire, Tiberius Caesar, is more commonly known by his nickname at Haras du Logis in France – “Caesar the Teaser”. Yes, you read that correctly – Tiberian’s sire is the farm’s teaser stallion. Caesar the Teaser was ‘allowed’ to breed to one mare at the end of the 2011 breeding season…and it just so happened to be Toamisina.

Tiberian is a Group 2 winner in France, and recently a percentage of him was purchased by an Australian owner with the intention of running him at Flemington. Jockey Olivier Peslier will ride Tiberian in the ‘Race that stops a nation’.

Read more in the Huffington Post

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