Having finished a strong third in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington just last weekend, trainer Anthony Cummings has revealed he is yet to make a decision on whether or not in-form colt Thunder Fantasy will appear in this weekend’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
With the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) or Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th figuring as the major target for the talented son of Lucky Owners this preparation, Cummings told Sky Racing News that while tempting, this weekend’s Group 1 may prove too much of a hassle in the grand scheme of things.
“The Championships are the main aim” Cummings said.
“There are two possibilities there. One is the Derby and the other is the Doncaster.
“Running in the Australian Cup makes it much tougher and almost rules out the Doncaster. He may not run there anyway, but it’s still a live option now.”
Having also outlined the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 29th, Cummings said at this stage anything is possible and a final decision will not be made until final acceptances for the event on Wednesday.
“We’ve just got to have a think and see how he presents on Wednesday morning, which is pay-up day” he added.
Having opened his 2014 account with a comfortable first-up win over Rock Hero and Late Charge in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1400m) on February 8th, Thunder Fantasy stamped his claims as an Australian Cup frontrunner when producing another strong turn of foot to finish just one length behind champion Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas last Saturday.
Thunder Fantasy is currently featuring on the third line of betting for the 2014 Australian Cup at a quote of $8 behind 2013 Melbourne Cup Champion Fiorente ($2) and Guineas winner Shamus Award ($4.80).
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