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Trainer Andrew Campbell has revealed that classy colt Cauthen will return to Australia for the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.
Cauthen will resume in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) in New Zealand on Saturday before heading to Melbourne, where he is expected to contest the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 8, before backing up in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks later.
Campbell said that he is happy with the condition of Cauthen heading into the Group 1 event this weekend and is confident he can perform well before returning to Australia at the end of the month.
“He is coming along good and we are really wrapped with the way that he has come through,” Campbell told Racing Ahead.
“It is a big ask, but he is only carrying 52kg and we think he is a pretty special so it would be nice to see him run a good race.
“He had that shin soreness and a bout of the thumps, but his shins are 100 percent and he looks a picture.
“Depending on how he goes on Saturday, there are a couple of nice races in Melbourne that we can look at over 1200 and 1400 metres.
“We will get Saturday out of the way and hopefully he is as good as we think he is and he can head back over to the Melbourne.”
Cauthen recorded two wins from four starts during his maiden campaign last year, but was able to progress to his ultimate 2013 Spring Racing Carnival goal – the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The Darci Brahma colt made his debut with a dominant victory in a maiden at Te Rapa in New Zealand and was an unlucky second behind Clevadude in his first Australian run in the Sweeney Can Do Agents Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 3.
Cauthen recorded his maiden race win in Australia in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m), beating subsequent Cox Plate winner Shamus Award and Caulfield Guineas winner Long John, but failed to fire in the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) after suffering a bout of the thumps.
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