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Anthony Cummings’ Randwick Guineas failure Strike The Stars will look to return to form in the Rosehill Guineas 2012 this Saturday ahead of a hopeful start in the upcoming ATC Australian Derby.
Originally being prepared for a shot at the $2 million Doncaster Mile on April 21, Savabeel three-year-old Strike The Stars has all but been ruled out of making the field sitting well down the ballot.
Instead Cummings will now look at the lucrative $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) against his own age at Royal Randwick on April 14, Strike The Stars to put their Derby credentials on the line in the $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at the Gardens this Saturday.
“The Doncaster was always more of a precaution race for him,” Cummings said.
“It was there as a fallback in case something went wrong but the way he is going we don’t have to head that way.”
After running a surprise second three lengths off the winner Mosheen in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 3, Strike The Stars was found out last start when crossing two and a half lengths away seventh to her in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Cummings is hopeful that stepping up to the 2000-metres on Saturday will give Strike The Stars the chance to improve as they come up against a crack field of local and across-the-Tasman hopes.
“He looks the right horse in the right sort of race,” Cummings said.
“With a touch of luck, which he is overdue for, I’d expect him to be in the finish.
“The breaks didn’t go his way in the Randwick Guineas.”
He also hasn’t ruled out testing Strike The Stars against an open-age field in the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Saturday week on Golden Slipper Day.
“There’s a chance he could back up after the Guineas and run in the BMW depending on how he comes through Saturday,” Cummings said.
Strike The Stars pays $21 in the latest The BMW Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au.
A good run on Saturday in the Guineas is likely to see Strike The Star’s current price in the Australian Derby odds come in from their already short $11 through bookmaker.com.au.
Eleven dollars is also the price being paid in the Australian Derby markets for Gai Waterhouse’s Randwick Guineas third placegetter Laser Hawk who is also set to back up in the Rosehill edition this weekend.
Australian Derby betting is dominated by ace Kiwi filly Silent Achiever ($7) who is also likely to open at the top of the Rosehill Guineas odds later in the week following her last-start win in the NZ Derby.
With Hugh Bowman booked to ride Silent Achiever on Saturday, Blake Shinn will be the replacement hoop aboard Strike The Stars.
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