German import Waldpark will be among the Cox Plate 2013 nominations taken by Racing Victoria next week with their new Australian trainer Anthony Freedman confirming they would target the weight-for-age classic this spring.
The Dubawi stallion hasn’t raced since their good second to Novellist in the Group 2 Grosser Preis Der Badischen Unternehmer (2212m) at Baden Baden back in May when prepared by former trainer Andreas Wohler.
That form was further enhanced over the weekend with Novellist romping home for a five length victory in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“If that horse (Novellist) is not the best in the world, he would be right up amongst them,” Racing Victoria reported Freedman as saying this week.
“It certainly gives this horse’s form a boost.”
A multiple Group 1 performer six-year-old Waldpark has finished fourth in six of their elite level assignments most recently behind Hunter’s Light in the Group 1 Premio Roma (2011m) in Rome last November in the wet.
They are also a Group 1 winner having taken out the German (Deutsches) Derby as a three-year-old over the mile and a half at just their second start back in July of 2011.
Now they are based in Sydney with Freedman who is hoping they can add another Group 1 trophy to their record this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“He’s been with me about three weeks. He’s a nice, neat, compact horse, he came to me in very good condition and he’s settled in well,” Freedman said.
While yet to run down under Waldpark will be nominated for the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) held at Moonee Valley on October 26 when nominations for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship close next Tuesday.
They are already well fancied in the futures Cox Plate odds at the Aussie bookmakers too paying $14, equal with Sea Moon, in markets led by It’s A Dundeel ($4.40).
That price is sure to firm too if they put in a nice first-up run at the same track with Freedman looking at the $300,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 14 for their Australian debut.
“He’ll trial in three weeks or so and then possibly run first-up in the Feehan (Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes),” Freedman said.
“He may not have another run (before the Cox Plate).
“He might, but I’m not sure where because I don’t know the horse well enough yet.”
Cummings experienced the thrill of a near Cox Plate win having been assistant trainer to his brother Lee Freedman who prepared the devastatingly close 1995 Cox Plate runner-up Mahogany.
Mahogany carried 59kg and was beaten just a neck by star three-year-old Octagonal with their 48.5kg light weight.
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