Ethiopia trainer Pat Carey lost no heart from his charge’s 17th-place finish in Saturday’s Doncaster Mile but will send him to the paddock to regroup ahead of a spring campaign that will see him take a shot at the 2013 Melbourne Cup.
The Doncaster was the four-year-old’s only start of the autumn and Carey attributed the poor result to his inability to handle the heavy going.
“He didn’t like it and just didn’t let down, but the important thing is he pulled up OK and he’ll go straight back out again now,” Carey told TVN.
The 2012 Australian Derby winner was fourth in last year’s Cox Plate before injury saw him finish last in the Melbourne Cup.
Carey said Ethiopia will be aimed at the 2013 Caulfield Cup in addition to the Melbourne Cup and the 2013 Cox Plate.
As the dominance of imports in our staying races continues to grow, Ethiopia represents a potential shining light for the Australian staying ranks.
He has had his fair share of problems but produced a stunning last-to-first Australian Derby win as a three-year-old and showed versatility when racing on the pace in the Cox Plate.
Carey also has another emerging stayer in his ranks with three-year-old filly Gondokoro.
Gondokoro is set to be given her chance at the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in the Queensland Oaks after running third in tough conditions in the Australian Oaks on Saturday.
She will also contest Queensland Oaks lead-up event, The Group 3 Roses, on May 18 before the main event on June 1.
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