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After an eye-catching effort at Flemington on the weekend, their third on the trot, connections of the progressive Star Rolling are dreaming of a shot at the Caulfield Cup 2013 this upcoming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The lightly-raced Casino Prince three-year-old posted their third consecutive turf triumph in the $100,000 Brian Beattie Handicap (2000m) on Saturday, doing it easy again with a two and a half length margin between them and runner-up Spring Cheer.
After a disappointing Seymour debut back in April with beaten 11 lengths, Star Rolling has done nothing wrong since as they continue to step up in class and distance ahead of a spring carnival campaign.
Second up they relisted a trip to Wodonga to win over the mile by three and a half lengths before going to the big city at Flemington at the start of the month.
They relished Victoria’s famous track and the 2000m with regular jockey Reece Wheeler guiding them to a two length victory in a restricted 78 handicap, an effort they improved on again when overcoming barrier 13 of 13 at the same track and distance on the weekend.
“The more pressure put on him the more he found. He was going pretty easy a long way out,” Wheeler said.
“The improvement in him is pretty vast in a short period of time.
“He’s still got to take a step up….but if he takes another step and grows up into the sort of animal the stable think he is then he’s a pretty promising young horse.”
Co-trainer Peter Morgan is already penciling in spring assignments for the rising four-year-old who they are hoping comes on well next season and thrives in the staying features.
One of their first major tests will likely be the $150,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse on September 21, the winner of which is exempt from ballot for the 2013 Caulfield Cup.
“We’ll give him a little break now and target something in the spring with him,” the Whittlesea-based Morgan, who trains in partnership with Craig Widdison, said after Saturday’s win.
“He’ll be nominated for all the races and something like the Naturalism he’ll be targeted for.”
Run back at the track the following month on October 19 the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), the richest mile and a half handicap in the world, is certainly a race Morgan and co are dreaming of for Star Rolling.
“You’ve got to dream about those things,” he said.
“I’m not sure whether he’s good enough to get there or not, but you can only win and every time he wins he keeps improving.”
Despite their ambitions Star Rolling is yet to be added into the pre-nomination Caulfield Cup odds at the online bookies.
That will change however should they continue to progress the way they have been impressing Morgan all the way.
“He’s better than winter racing, he keeps improving and the trips are not going to be an issue. He’s a horse with a lot of upside,” he said.
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