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Despite claiming the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) with ease on March 8th, talented French import Lidari has been unable to string together anything of a consistent run of form over three race starts this preparation and is likely to jump a rank outsider in this weekend’s major Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Contesting a strong racing career in his native France that spilled over to the tracks of Melbourne upon his arrival in the care of leading trainer Peter Moody at the conclusion of his 2012 preparation, co-owner Terry Henderson said the Acclamation entire is more than a chance on day 1 of The Championships this weekend if allocated a favourable barrier.
“I tell you what, he’ll run really well if he can draw a barrier” Henderson told TVN.
“For a horse like him who needs to be on pace, the barrier is critical, and he’s going really well too.”
Finishing a less-than-convincing ninth an nearly six lengths off the pace of champion Gordon Lord Byron in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1600m) last time out, Lidari will carry a far-more favourable 50.5kgs in the Doncaster Mile; a full 8.5kgs lighter than the 59kgs required in the George Ryder.
“That’s a really significant amount of weight and he will really appreciate that being a free-rolling horse” Henderson added.
Debuting with two impressive back-to-back victories in June 2011, Lidari continued to build in form and recognition of nine proceeding starts in France, but was unable to figure in contention in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix De Paris (2400m) in July 2012, finishing five lengths offs the pace at the rear of the field in his second last appearance abroad.
Debuting in Australia with two unlucky seconds in the 2013 autumn, the talented five-year-old returned to the track in spring to win the BMW Handicap Open (1400m) before finishing third to eventual Melbourne Cup champion Fiorente in the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
Lidari is currently given little chance of success in early betting markets for the 2014 Doncaster Mile, currently offered at particularly generous $51 odds.
Having secured back-to-back victories including the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Messene is currently given the best chance of success in the 2014 Doncaster Mile at $3.60 odds, ahead of talented miler Boban ($7), El Roca ($8) and Toydini ($10).
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