While ace Sydney trainer Chris Waller begins Doncaster Mile preparations with stablemates Danleigh and Shoot Out, the plans for his popular warhorse Rangirangdoo are to bypass the autumn majors in their home state and focus on the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Winner of the 2010 Doncaster Mile, the now eight-year-old Pentire gelding has the winter riches in his sights with Waller looking to give Rangirangdoo’s Queensland-based connections something to enjoy in person before the horse faces retirement.
“His owner Neville Morgan comes from Queensland so the aim is to give him a longer rest and get him ready for the winter,” Waller explained.
“It will be his last campaign and it would be great if he could go out a winner up there.”
Entries for one of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s richest races, the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 20, close this Tuesday but Rangirangdoo’s name won’t be one of the ones representing Waller in the nominations.
Instead ‘Rangi’ will be saved for the sunshine state majors for their swansong season.
A winner of 10 of their 32 starts to date the injury prone Rangirangdoo has amassed over $2.2 million in prize money and was last seen running second to Silent Achiever in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 27 during the spring, a race they won back in 2009.
They also caught the eye in their last preparation when crossing a close second to Shoot Out in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in September.
They have done all of their racing in Victoria and New South Wales with this winter carnival to be the horse’s first Queensland appearance.
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