Trainer Mark Kavanagh will not target the Melbourne Cup this year with his talented stayer Super Cool, the soon-to-be five-year-old instead focused on winning the Cox Plate 2014.
Kavanagh kept the son of Fastnet Rock out of the autumn, relinquishing the chance to go back-to-back in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington Racecourse.
Instead the horse has been given a long rest ahead of a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival return where their major goal will be the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.
It was a tough decision from the Melbourne Cup winning trainer, but one that he made after Super Cool showed signs of being over the racing life.
“He was in a situation where he was a bit jaded and needed a longer spell after the spring,” Kavanagh explained to Racing Victoria.
“He didn’t get injured or anything he was just jaded and had had a very long preparation; he’d had two springs and an autumn in-a-row.
“As a young horse they need to dump one occasionally.
“He’s a gelding so we’re looking towards the longevity of his career.”
Kavanagh though has been rewarded by his choice with Super Cool now fully recharged and ready to renew their track career.
“He’s 100% right now,” he said.
“He’s been out since the spring, but he’s actually in work at my stable right now and is ready to go back out and have a rest.
“He’s done really well; he’s been back in work now for about 10 weeks.
“He’ll have a couple of weeks rest now and then be back and get ready for a serious campaign in the spring.”
A winner of four of their 15 starts for over $1.5 million in prize money to date, Super Cool hasn’t raced since their ninth behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente in last year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
The famous Flemington feature on the first Tuesday of November however is not on the radar for Super Cool this spring after they proved just off the better stayers when stepped up to the two miles.
The 10 furlongs of the Cox Plate then looks much more to their liking, the same distance they won last year’s Australian Cup over.
Super Cool is well tried at elite level too.
Along with the Australian Cup their other top three finishes in Group 1s were runner-up in the 2012 Victoria Derby as a three-year-old, third first-up last August to Atlantic Jewel in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and third to that same star mare in October’s Caulfield Stakes.
They also ran in the 2013 Cox Plate finishing a credible fifth when beaten three and a half lengths by Shamus Award.
That’s an effort Kavanagh is hoping they can improve on this year.
Their other major spring assignment will be in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day on the opening meeting of Melbourne Cup Carnival on the first Saturday of November.
“Those two will be his best goals,” Kavanagh said of the Cox Plate and Mackinnon Stakes 2014.
“I’ll discuss the matter with his owners in the coming weeks before the noms shut, but that’s the way I’ll certainly be looking at this stage.
“He’ll go back through like a Memsie Stakes [first-up at the end of August] and go on from there.”
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