A return to Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday for the 2014 Sir John Monash Stakes could be the key to unlocking the talent of recently-gelded galloper African Pulse.
The Michael Moroney-trained Johannesburg five-year-old has been ruled out of a potential stud career after being gelded following a lackluster autumn campaign.
They will be out to atone then and reward Moroney’s decision to geld them when they return in Saturday’s $135,000 Group 3 Polytrack Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
It will be their first run since a 10th behind Adamantium in the Listed Bob Hoystead Handicap (1000m) back on March 1 at Flemington.
Returning on Saturday, Moroney is hoping the sprinter will be rejuvenated and ready to add to their impressive first-up record of five wins from six resuming runs so far.
“He has had a couple of jump outs at Flemington and he has gone extra well,” Moroney told AAP.
“He’s been gelded since we saw him last.
“He was a bit disappointing last time around, so we were never going to find a stud for him so we decided to stop and geld him.”
The run before the Hoystead they were given a Group 1 assignment in the Black Caviar Lightning over the same track and distance.
It was their third career Group 1 and African Pulse was well beaten again at elite level when 11th, eight lengths between them and the winner Snitzerland.
They did run a better race first-up prior to that however at Caulfield when fourth to Shamal Wind in the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m), their only first-up loss to date, and it is that form Moroney is hoping to tap into on Saturday.
They’ve got a decent Caulfield record with two wins from five starts at the track too, so bringing them back there for the Monash will work to their advantage especially if there’s rain around.
“He’s not in well at weight-for-age but he likes Caulfield and seems to be going well,” Moroney said.
Moroney has booked the services of top hoop Glen Boss, returning after missing last Saturday’s Flemington meet after chipping a bone in his foot at the start of the day.
This year’s Sir John Monash Stakes nominations are highlighted by the Robbie Laing-trained Lord Of The Sky.
The three-year-old Danerich colt caught the eye first-up at the track on May 17 with a win over Elite Elle, their fourth win from seven starts, and how they handle a rise in class and weights on Saturday will be key to their spring campaign.
The 2014 Monash Stakes field is set for release shortly so stay tuned.
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