Tatra in Doubt for 2012 Spring Champion Stakes

Peter Snowden’s promising youngster Tatra is now long odds to line up in the Spring Champion Stakes 2012 at Royal Randwick next month after their Sydney Spring Racing Carnival preparation took an early blow with the three-year-old suffering an elevated temperature.


Tatra is in doubt for the 2012 Spring Champion Stakes

The Hussonet colt, third to current 2012 Cox Plate betting favourite Pierro in the Champagne Stakes during the autumn, has been in flying form this time in as they were heading towards the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on Epsom Handicap Day – October 6.

First-up on August 25 they ran a close third to subsequent Golden Rose runner-up Albrecht in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm.

They returned to the track 14 days later to post their first win since a successful debut in October last year when narrowly hanging on to take out the Listed Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).

It was all systems go for Tatra for the 2012 Spring Champion Stakes until this week.

The plan was for them to run third-up in the $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Randwick this weekend but Snowden will have to re-map their campaign as they have been ruled out of the race due to an elevated temperature.

“It’s thrown that spanner in the works as to what we do with him now,” Snowden said on Tuesday.

“He seems fine again now, this morning he was good and his blood is almost back to normal.”

Options now include running in next week’s $100,000 Listed Dulcify Handicap (1900m) at Rosehill leaving just one week between that and the Spring Champion, or miss the action in Sydney completely and focus on the Victorian spring racing action with Tatra nominated for the $1 million Group 1 The Age Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 13.

“We’ve got the dilemma whether to go to the Dulcify Quality next week and then back up or just abort Sydney and look to Melbourne,” Snowden explained.

“Missing this run on Saturday, it was crucial for me to get him to the next one.

“Not running this Saturday I think is a blow to his chances of getting towards the Spring Champion Stakes.

“I wouldn’t like to run in the Dulcify and back up the next week. I don’t think that’s the right sort of plan for him.”

Current Spring Champion Stakes betting markets are led by Gai Waterhouse’s unbeaten Choisir colt Proisir at a quote of around $4.20, who runs in the $175,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on Wednesday, followed by stablemate Kabayan at $8 who finished fifth in the Golden Rose last Saturday.

Tatra is then rated a $9 chance, despite looking likely of bypassing the early Group 1, along with Kiwi galloper It’s A Dundeel, and the Anthony Cummings-trained duo of Your Song and Ninth Legion.

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