The 2013 Sydney Cup next autumn is on the agenda for former European galloper Ibicenco who will now be prepared by Peter Moody in Australia after their Sandown Cup victory over the weekend.
Majority owned by Australia-based OTI Racing, Shirocco stallion Ibicenco was third-up in Australia on Saturday when they won the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) by three quarters of a length over Reuben Percival – a nice consolation prize after the currently Luca Cumani-trained galloper missed out on a run in this year’s Melbourne Cup.
The five-year-old will now be transferred from Cumani’s British stables to Moody at Caulfield for their next campaign during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival where the country’s other major two-mile handicap is their main aim – the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) set to run at Royal Randwick on April 27.
Terry Henderson from OTI hopes that Ibicenco can follow in the footsteps of another former Cumani-trained European that Moody prepared for a super autumn carnival this year – Manighar having won the Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes – The BMW Group 1 triple.
“He is a little more dour so the Australian style will actually help him a little bit we think,” Henderson said.
“You just never know how they change, as we’ve seen with so many of these European horses.
“But you’d have to think that the aim for him would be the Sydney Cup.”
OTI also race Geelong Cup winner Gatewood who is in the paddock preparing to join the Sydney stables of Chris Waller, and My Quest For Peace.
Galileo stallion My Quest For Peace ran a credible fifth in the Caulfield Cup last month before their distant 10th in the Melbourne Cup behind winner Green Moon last time out – their future racing career in limbo with a decision to made this week.
There is a chance the current Cumani-trained galloper will stay on in Australia but they could also return to the northern hemisphere depending on whether they receive an invitation to the Hong Kong International Race Day in December.
“We’ll have our mind made up for us by whether he gets an invitation to Hong Kong,” Henderson said.
“We just don’t know. There are scenarios there that we have to work out.”
Other Sydney Cup 2013 bound gallopers that won at Sandown on the weekend meanwhile include the Lloyd Williams-owned Tanby and Stawell mare Exceptionally who ran one-two in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).
“The Sydney Cup looks like the sort of race that’ll suit him, so that’s on the cards for now,” Williams said of Tanby.
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