Trainer Sam Kavanagh is hoping that the freshness of imported stayer Midsummer Sun will give him an edge over the rest of the field in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Caulfield this afternoon.
Midsummer Sun has had just two starts during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, finishing seventh in the City Tattersalls Club Handicap (1400m) and an impressive second place finish in the Listed Visit Victoria Plate (1800m), compared to his major rivals Precedence and Sertorius who have had four and five starts respectively.
The Monsun gelding is stepping up to weight-for-age company for the first time in his racing career but Kavanagh is hopeful that the five-year-old will produce a performance that indicates he is ready for the step-up to the highest level of racing during the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival.
“We’re badly handicapped at weight-for-age and as much as it doesn’t look the best placement because in a handicap we’d be meeting these horses a lot better, we’re the horse on the way up,” Kavanagh told AAP.
“Precedence and Sertorius have been very good this spring and they are going to be very hard to beat but I feel we’re the fresh horse on the scene.
“If we’re going to measure up to a carnival next year which is what we’ve always been aiming at, he’s going to have to come out and do something tomorrow.”
Midsummer Sun competed at Group level in the United Kingdom when under the care of legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil, finishing fifth behind My Quest For Peace, Dandino and Gatewood in the 2012 Glorious Stakes (2414m), and started his Australian racing career with a bang by winning the Toll Express Handicap (1600m) at Morphettville and the Peter Street Handicap (2000m) at Caulfield.
He failed to fire when taken to Queensland for the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, finishing 13th in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) and 12th in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), but has returned to his best form this campaign.
Midsummer Sun is on the fifth line of 2013 Zipping Classic betting markets at odds of $9.50; with veteran stayer Precedence ($3.50) remaining a narrow favourite from Sertorius ($3.70), Queenstown ($5) and Epingle ($9).
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