Having already passed the first ballot clause for the Caulfield Cup this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Anthony Freedman’s Doomben Cup winner Mawingo could now be given the chance to pass the first clause for the race of the year by running in the 2012 Brisbane Cup next month.
Originally Freedman wasn’t keen to run four-year-old Tertullian stallion Mawingo in the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 9, but the way they have pulled up from their controversial win in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) over the weekend may have convinced him otherwise.
“Initially, I was inclined to spell the horse, but he’s pulled up so well,” Freedman said.
“I’ll speak with the owners and make a decision later in the week.
“Whether that (running in the Brisbane Cup) is the right thing at this time is a decision we have to make.”
Jockey Nash Rawiller copped a 10 meeting suspension for his winning Doomben Cup ride on Mawingo having crossed in front of race favourite Manighar.
Peter Moody’s triple Group 1 star Manighar eventually finished two lengths away third behind Mawingo and the fellow Moody-trained Lights Of Heaven who battled it out in a tight quinella.
Should they continue onto the Brisbane Cup 2012 and win Mawingo will pass the first ballot clause for the ‘race that stops a nation’, the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) held at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
Earlier in the spring is the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in mid-October, a race Freedman believes Mawingo is the right type to win.
“Tactically he should be the right horse for the Caulfield Cup, you could see him travelling very close to the tempo,” he said.
In the latest Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Mawingo is rated a $21 chance, equal with fellow Australian Bloodstock-owned, Freedman-trained German import Lucas Cranach and Lloyd Williams’ 2011 Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon.
Markets are led by 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain ($17) and Saturday’s beaten Doomben Cup favourite Manighar ($18).
Mamool five-year-old Lucas Cranach ran fifth in last year’s Caulfield Cup before their close third in the iconic Melbourne Cup.
They resumed on Blue Diamond Day at Caulfield to win the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) when ridden by Nash Rawiller, but then suffered a leg injury that cut their preparation short.
“He’ll come back into the yard after the water walker and then have a very slow, steady build up,” Freedman said of Lucas Cranach’s progress.
“The x-rays we took last week were very good.
“He now needs to get some movement back into the joints and that’s standard after doing nothing for two months.”
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