Kiwi stayer Capecover is likely to follow a path successfully followed by European visitors in recent years in his quest for the 2009 Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.
Trainer Alexander Fieldes plans to give Capecover just one-lead-up run in Australia before the $5 million race on November 3.
“We’re looking at running in the Geelong Cup 13 days before the Melbourne Cup” said Fieldes.
The Geelong Cup over 2400m proved the springboard to Melbourne Cup glory for the Irish visitor Media Puzzle in 2002. Media Puzzle completed the Geelong-Melbourne Cup double for trainer Dermot Weld and English stayer Bauer went close to emulating that feat last year.
The Luca Cumani-trained stayer won at Geelong and was then beaten by the barest of margins by Bart Cummings’ Viewed at Flemington.
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Fieldes said Capecover will have a relatively light spring campaign, but a thorough preparation for Flemington.
“He might not race until Mudgway day in the mile – we’ll get him rock solid for the first run so it doesn’t hurt him,” said Fieldes.
Three weeks after he resumes at Hastings on August 29 Capecover will run over 2000 metres on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival.
All going well, Capecover will then start in the GI $1.2 million Kelt Capital Stakes before he leaves for Australia.
The son of Cape Cross has been in work for some time and has had trips away to Hawera for a jumpout and to Foxton last week before an exhibition gallop at Wanganui.
“He went over 1000 metres at Foxton and quickened up from the 600 and looked pretty good,” said Fieldes.
David Walker is likely to ride Capecover in his lead-up racing in New Zealand, but a rider has yet been confirmed for Australia.
Article courtesy of Racing and Sports