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Connections of Il Cavallo face a nervous few days as they wait to see whether their exciting colt can gain a start in the Group 1 2013 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Choisir colt is second emergency, meaning two runners will have to drop out of the $3.5 million race for the speedy youngster to get the opportunity to step up against the country’s best juveniles.
Connections paid the $150,000 late entry fee for Il Cavallo after he belted his rivals by four lengths on debut at Sandown last Wednesday and in doing so broke the 900m track record.
The performance was enough to convince trainer Peter Moody he has the ability to throw his hat in the ring for the two-year-old glamour race.
“He’s a very exciting colt and they won’t be running a Slipper for him next year. So it was worth a throw at the stumps,” Moody told AAP.
Moody had originally planned to take the youngster to Sydney for a Golden Slipper lead-up but kept him at home to further educate him.
After the first-up win he admits the “soft option” may have been a mistake.
“I’m kicking myself a little for not taking him up there and running him either last Saturday or the previous one,” Moody said.
If Il Cavallo doesn’t gain a start in the world’s richest two-year-old race, Moody said he will line up in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes the following week.
The exciting galloper is currently a $16 Golden Slipper chance but is likely to shorten considerably should he gain a start.
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