Former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh is keeping his options open with Australian Cup winner Super Cool looking ahead to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2013 with the rising four-year-old to be nominated for all the majors.
Exactly which direction and what grand final goal the Fastnet Rock gelding will be set for remains open but Kavanagh indicated Super Cool, who has been back in training for a week at Flemington, will be among the early entries for the spring’s ‘Big Three’.
“He’ll be nominated for all of the best races,” Kavanagh said.
“You have to be open minded.
“As we are seeing lately the weather also provides all sorts of uncertainties.”
An up-and-coming stayer with a blistering autumn record that included two wins over Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar firstly in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield in February and then narrowly to take out the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March, Super Cool has already won over $1.2 million in just nine starts.
Their spring carnival last year was also a cracker where they progressed through the ranks quickly winning the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) in October beating home the now four-time winning Kiwi colt and early Cox Plate favourite It’s A Dundeel before their second to Fiveandahalfstar in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
This season it’s going to be another big preparation with Kavanagh to nominate them for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19, the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) the following Saturday and the ‘race that stops a nation’ the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 5.
While they’re ambitious aims Kavanagh is certain Super Cool will come on terrifically from their three-year-old season already impressing him with the early work he’s seen this month.
“He’s been at the pre-trainers for a month,” Kavanagh said.
“He’s ready to have his work stepped up and we’re quite happy with his progress at this very early stage.
“We are keen to ensure he has a long preparation but we were just as keen to ensure he didn’t get fat.”
Pre-nomination betting is already open on this spring trifecta with Super Cool paying $21 and $34 respectively for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
They are far more fancied for the 2013 Cox Plate however currently occupying the second line of betting at $6 behind the Murray Baker-trained It’s A Dundeel ($4.20).
While in the markets for the Melbourne Cup Kavanagh is leaning towards the shorter classics knowing the history for three-year-old Australian Cup winners backing up in the world’s richest handicap isn’t exactly encouraging.
“There has only been two horses that have won the Australian Cup as three-year-olds; one went on to win a Melbourne Cup (Saintly in 1996) and the other was going to but broke down (Dulcify in 1979),” he said.
“I may have a horse that can’t run two miles, I’m not sure yet, but we’ll nominate for them and see what happens from there.”
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