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OTI Racing Director Terry Henderson has ruled out a trip to Hong Kong for Au Revoir, who won the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) on Saturday.
Directly following the win at Sandown, Henderson confirmed the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) would be the four-year-old entire’s next point of call. However after speaking to trainer Andre Fabre over the weekend, this plan has been abandoned in the horse’s best interests.
“We had a chat to Andre Fabre last night and as a result of that and looking at the options this horse has in the autumn, which we’d have to forego if he went to Hong Kong, we decided it was better to stay in Australia,” Henderson told Racing Victoria.
“Andre was quite chuffed about winning a race in Australia, but he thinks the horse has done enough.”
Au Revoir will now be transferred to the care of trainer Peter Moody, with the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in March a potential target for the autumn.
“Peter will have a look at him and then we’ll assess the best way to go forward from there,” Henderson continued.
“He won’t be in the paddock for long, you haven’t got long to get them ready for autumn these days.
“The Australian Cup seems to be the logical first target but you’ve got plenty of nice races in Sydney and you don’t want him to have too busy an autumn with next Spring in mind.
“The horse will tell us where he’s at once he’s settled in here about how he’s coping with things and whether he’s going to sustain getting through a carnival or whether he just has one or two runs.”
Under the care of Moody connections are hopeful Au Revoir can emulate what ex-European Manighar did in 2012.
The gelding ran two top-ten finishes for international trainer Luca Cumani in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) but transformed into a 2000-2400 metre star under Moody’s training, winning the Australian Cup, Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), and Group 1 The BMW (2400m) back-to-back.
“We’ll look to do what we did with Manighar — give him a light let-up then go into the autumn,” Henderson concluded.
We don’t have long to wait to see if Au Revoir has what it takes to dominate the 2015 autumn racing carnivals, with the 2015 Australian Cup due to run on March 14.
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