After failing to impress trainer Walter McShane in their work over the past fortnight, Tasmanian stayer Norsqui will not be accepted to contest the 2012 Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick this Saturday.
There are officially 81 horses still nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m), the event to run as one of four exciting Group 1 features at Randwick on the weekend.
Mornington Cup winning Matsqui five-year-old Norsqui, however, won’t be there on the day with McShane confirming they would bypass the testing two mile clash.
A winner of seven of their 27 career starts to date Norsqui entered Sydney Cup calculations earlier in the year when they beat home top import Drunken Sailor by two and a half lengths to win the Listed Mornignton Cup (2400m) in February, the victory earning them a Sydney Cup ballot exemption.
They backed up with a solid third behind Rialya and Drunken Sailor in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over the 3200-metres in March before their last start 12th over the unsuitably short National Jockeys Trust Handicap (2000m) at Flemington on April 14.
McShane has pulled the pin on Sydney Cup plans with the horse failing to show him enough since their failed run at Flemington, Norsqui to head back to the Apple Isle for a spell.
“He pulled up with a niggle and was proppy for two days following the race,” McShane explained.
Dreams of Norsqui winning a cup major remain alive however with McShane naming the 2012 Caulfield Cup during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in October as a long term aim for them.
“I decided to pull the pin on the Sydney Cup and will concentrate on the Caulfield Cup in October,” he said.
“I didn’t want to run the risk as you usually only get one chance at a Caulfield Cup.
“I will give him six to eight weeks off before getting him ready for Caulfield.”
Norsqui was rated a $34 chance in the futures Sydney Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au.
Sydney Cup betting is currently led by the Chris Waller-trained Chairman’s Quality winner Permit ($3.40).
They are followed by the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Niwot on $4.80 and Drunken Sailor on $7.50.
Sydney Cup acceptances revealing the final field of hopefuls will be taken on Tuesday with Races.com.au to publish the complete list.
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