Back to Plan A-hrens for Spechenka

July 7, 2011

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Back to Plan A-hrens for Spechenka

Beaudesert horseman Ben Ahrens has gone back to his original end-of-season plans with talented galloper Spechenka, the last-start Caloundra Cup champion bypassing this Saturday’s Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm in favour of a run in the Northern River’s showpiece – the Grafton Cup.

Spechenka

Caloundra Cup winner Spechenka will bypass the Queensland Cup in favour of next Thursday's Grafton Cup

One of the headline races of the XXXX Gold July Carnival, which kicks off today with the Clarence River Jockey Club’s Grafton Cup Prelude Day, the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) runs next Thursday and is now back on the cards for Danachenka five-year-old Spechenka.

A dual stakes winner having won the Group 3 Summer Cup (2400m) at Randwick on Boxing Day last year as well as last Saturday’s Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m), Spechenka was a surprise nominee for the Listed Queensland Cup (3200m) running this weekend.

Ahrens, however, decided not to accept his in-form galloper for the esteemed two-mile feature choosing instead to go for Grafton Cup glory next weekend.

The Queensland Cup entry was made as a provisional only, Ahrens stating that there was nothing amiss with Spechenka but that he believed stepping the horse up to 3200m would be too big a challenge.

“He’s pulled up okay but I was only going to start him in the Queensland Cup if he was jumping out of his skin,” Ahrens said.

“He’s fine and there’s no issues with him this time.”

The trainer admitted that the Queensland Cup showdown was an attractive option with the 17-horse final field for the $150,000 feature looking of a relatively low class, but that Spechenka’s best interest and not his own had to come first.

“The field doesn’t look overly strong and it was tempting to run him but I’m sticking to my original plan for the Grafton Cup even though it will be a lot harder race (to win).

“It’s a better fit for him at this stage of his campaign.”

Emerging as a genuine Group stayer with his successful Randwick raid in last year’s Summer Cup, Spechenka suffered a number of setbacks earlier this year that forced Ahrens to shelve plans of a Brisbane Cup campaign.

“We’ve just been that far behind all this preparation with one thing after another,” Ahrens admitted.

“He wrenched his fetlock, had a blood abnormality and then he cut his pastern and was kicked by another horse which required stitches to his hock.

“We had to keep changing course with him but thankfully we persevered.”

He is confident now, however, that Spechenka is back to full fitness after they defeated Ipswich Cup winner Gold In Dubai and Michael Moroney’s Group 1 runner Tinseltown, topweight for Saturday’s Queensland Cup, in the Caloundra Cup.

This year’s Grafton Cup is shaping up as a strong affair with the likes of John Everson’s Argentinean import Storm Fabulador among the likely acceptors.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field