After pulling the pin on a run in Saturday’s Zipping Classic, owner Lloyd Williams has named the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015 as a possible autumn aim for his dual Group 1 winner Fawkner.
The Reset seven-year-old was one of three early entries into the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) for six-time winning trainer in the race Williams whose four-time champion Zipping (2007-10) the event is named in honour of.
Williams however confirmed on RSN this morning that the gelding would instead be sent to the paddock for a New Year return during the autumn carnival season.
“He worked yesterday (Tuesday) and he is a tired horse so we have decided to send him out to the paddock and bring back in the autumn,” Williams said.
Winner of last year’s Caulfield Cup and the Caulfield Stakes earlier this campaign, Fawkner was last seen running 10th when forced to race forward before getting swamped late in the Melbourne Cup won by German stayer Protectionist.
His past two autumn preparations have consisted of just the one run in the $400,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late March.
In 2013 he was third to superstar mare Black Caviar in the Melbourne Festival of Racing sprint classic before a seventh when making up good late ground behind Queensland-trained winner Spirit Of Boom in this year’s edition.
While the William Reid Stakes will again be considered and Williams is yet to map out an official autumn plan of attack, the lure of $4 million could be enough to see him come back earlier for a shot at the lucrative Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney in April.
“I haven’t got a plan in mind but Sydney for the Queen Elizabeth could be on the radar,” Williams added.
Even without Fawkner Williams and his private trainer Robert Hickmott are dually represented in this Saturday’s Zipping Classic field by 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon and last year’s Herbert Power Stakes champ Sea Moon.
Green Moon pays $6 in the latest Zipping Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au that are led by Moonee Valley Cup winner Prince Of Penzance ($3.50) while Sea Moon, coming off a last in the Caulfield Cup, is at $15 to improve on that run.
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