French import Au Revoir was nominated for the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown this Saturday, although connections remain unsure if the four-year-old will actually run in the race.
While the Andre Fabre-trained entire has pulled up extremely well from his Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) last Tuesday, it’s unusual for the trainer to back-up horses this quickly.
Au Revoir already did the quick back-up this season after running third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) just ten days before the 2014 Melbourne Cup. After a grueling cup run, connections are unsure if it’s wise to do it again.
“This will mean three runs in four weeks which is very unusual for these horses,” OTI Racing’s Terry Henderson told Racing Network on Tuesday.
“I’ll be talking to Andre tonight and we’ll probably accept with him, but we won’t be making any decision until later in the week.”
The only reason Au Revoir would run is in a bid to earn an invite to the $US1.8 million Hong Kong Vase (2400m) on International Day at Sha Tin on December 14, which is the entire’s short-term goal. Connections must weigh-up if it’s a viable option.
“We would have to run very well in the Zipping Classic to get an invite for the Vase, so it’s an awkward situation,” Henderson continued.
“We could wait for the Bendigo Cup in a couple of weeks, but even a win in that race would still probably not get us into the Vase field.”
Au Revoir finished eighth in the Melbourne Cup last Tuesday, 11 lengths off the winner Protectionist. The entire was planted three lengths wide from the bad draw but he ran a really good race and was even level with Protectionist at the 300m. His run signals good things for his future.
13 classy stayers were nominated for the 2014 Zipping Classic on Monday with the final field due to be announced on Wednesday morning. Robert Hickmott is ready to deliver a triple-pronged attack on the race after nominating Green Moon, Fawkner, and Sea Moon for the race. Lord Van Percy has already been removed from the race due to a tendon problem and Spillway is tossing up between the Zipping Classic and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).
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