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Paul Perry’s Broadmeadow-based galloper Southern Skye will be looking to bounce back in the Lord Mayor’s Cup 2012 at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday after a last start failure at Randwick.
The Danasinga five-year-old looked to be improving in form earlier in the autumn when they finished a close second to Single in the Listed Sky High Stakes (1900m) and second again this time to Western Symbol in the Group 3 HKJC Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in March and April.
They failed to continue the good run last start however when they were beaten eight lengths to finish a distant 12th behind HKJC Stakes winner Western Symbol in the Listed JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick.
Southern Skye races their best on good ground and while the JRA Plate was officially run on a Dead (5) Perry said it was still too rain-affected for the horse’s liking.
“He’s not at home in bad going,” Perry said.
“If there had have been another race for him he probably wouldn’t have run that day but there weren’t any so he really had to go around.”
It has been a long time between drinks for Southern Skye whose most recent turf triumph was back in October 2009 when they won the Listed Geelong Classic (2206m).
Following their Geelong Classic win three years ago they went on to finish a credible fourth to Monaco Consul in the 2009 Victoria Derby but then suffered a tendon injury that saw them spend close to a year on the sidelines.
“He had a good 12 months off so we always knew he was going to take time,” Perry said.
“He just needed the racing.”
Still Perry is hoping that they can be competitive once more and enjoy a form return in the $100,000 Listed Masterton Homes Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) this weekend with the sunny skies and likely firm track.
A good run on Saturday and Southern Skye would continue onto the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in Queensland at Eagle Farm on June 9 – Stradbroke Handicap Day.
“I’ve had Brisbane in mind all along if he can get into the right form,” Perry said.
“I expect him to run a bit of a race on Saturday.
“He’s well within himself and he gets his chance.”
Running as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:15pm, the Lord Mayor’s Cup has drawn a quality 10-horse field.
Southern Skye is drawn in gate five with regular rider Brenton Avdulla in the mount.
It is shaping up as an intriguing edition of the Lord Mayor’s Cup with the likes of 2010 and 2011 The Metropolitan winners Herculian Prince and The Verminator, Guy Walter’s Emancipation Stakes winning mare Skyerush and the Ron Quinton-trained Crafty Irna all engaged in the feature.
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