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Former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh has pulled the pin on Super Cool’s 2014 Cox Plate bid spelling the out-of-form galloper until the autumn.
Winner of last year’s Australian Cup, Fastnet Rock gelding Super Cool hasn’t been able to finish better than sixth in his four runs this time in leaving Kavanagh with no option but to abandon the rest of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The five-year-old was being aimed at Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.
Super Cool ran fifth in last year’s Cox Plate behind three-year-old Shamus Award however his lead-up form had been far more promising than this year.
Most recently the galloper was seen running a distant 11th behind this Saturday’s 2014 Caulfield Cup favourite Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4.
Kavanagh blames the hardness of the Melbourne tracks for Super Cool’s below-par form this time in, the galloper running all four of his spring starts on Good (3) rated courses.
“He hasn’t been going well enough and the tracks have just been too firm for him,” Kavanagh told Racing Victoria this week.
“He’ll have a rest and come back in the autumn.”
The focus is now on getting Super Cool back up to scratch for a shot at winning his second $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington next March.
With Super Cool ruled out of the 2014 Cox Plate field, Kavanagh could still be represented in the classic by Chivalry.
The Street Cry colt is one of a handful of youngsters looking to go back-to-back for the three-year-olds, but is only rated a $41 outsider in Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
First-up winner of the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in August, Chivalry was last seen running fifth behind Shooting To Win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last Saturday.
He made up late ground in his second mile run after jumping away awkwardly from his wide barrier 12 (of 13) draw in an eye-catching effort.
While the Cox Plate certainly is on the cards, Kavanagh could opt for an easier option at Saturday week’s Valley meet and run Chivalry in the $200,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) against his own age instead.
“He’ll be going around at Moonee Valley over 2040 metres on Saturday week,” Kavanagh said.
“He was the best finisher in the Guineas, they went very hard early and they kept up the pace right the way through.
“It was definitely a good enough run to say we’ll be pressing on.”
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