Six-year-old gelding Midsummer Sun will search for more than a win in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Trainer Sam Kavanagh is using the race as a trial for a possible 2015 Perth Cup tilt on New Year’s Day.
Midsummer Sun is one of 10 potential stayers contesting the 2014 ATC Cup tomorrow. The former British import will get a good jump from barrier three with Tye Angland in the saddle. The gelding was a fast-finishing second last time out over 1900m on the same course but will need to prove he has more in him for the Group 2 Perth Cup over 2400m.
“He finished off really well last time,” Kavanagh told Racing Network.
“One of the options for him looking forward is the Perth Cup – I’m sure I can get him out to 2400 metres this time in.
“This prep he’s as sound as I’ve ever had him.
“We had to take some bone chips out of his fetlocks in March then give him three months out, but he’s really good now.”
Midsummer Sun has had three starts over 2400m since debuting in Australia in April last year, failing to place in all three. He was last seen finishing fourth in the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) this year, a fair way off the first three.
He recorded the fastest last 600 metres of his career last time out but Kavanagh is keen to see if he can maintain the form over the extra trip on Saturday. If the gelding can’t the trainer isn’t bother, stating there were plenty of other nice races over the Christmas period to run in without having to make the trek over to Perth.
“I just want to get over this weekend, see what he does, then try to formulate the right plan for the horse,” Kavanagh said.
“There are some nice races here over Christmas as well, so we have plenty of options, particularly if he’s going well.”
Midsummer Sun is on the third line of betting to win the ATC Cup, paying $4.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au. John O’Shea’s Malice, who beat Midsummer Sun in the 1900m race at Rosehill last time out, is the $3.70 favourite.
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