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Wangoom trainer Darren Weir is considering the Adelaide Cup 2015 next March as a major autumn aim for his veteran galloper Akzar who could resume at Sandown this Saturday.
The eight-year-old Selkirk gelding hasn’t raced since a close fifth when beaten only 2.6 lengths by the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty, who runs in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth this Saturday, in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) back in late May.
That followed on from a number of good autumn – winter runs including a win in the lucrative $200,000 Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) in the mud and a fourth behind classy mare Streama in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane.
Now the galloper is gearing up for a possible return in Melbourne on Saturday, Akzar nominated for an $80,000 handicap over the Sandown mile.
It’s a race he’ll go first-up in depending on his performance in a Tuesday morning gallop according to Weir who spoke to the Racing Network on Monday.
“He seems to have come back really well,” Weir said.
“I don’t know if we’ll run him yet – I’ll gallop him in the morning then we’ll make a call.”
Looking further ahead into the upcoming autumn racing season, Weir will let the horse guide where they go but is already considering a race like the $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville in mid-May.
“I guess a race like the Adelaide Cup might be a good goal this time in, but to be honest we’ll just see where his prep takes us without making any real special plans,” he said.
Irish import Akzar debuted in Ireland back in 2010 over 2000m and kicked off his career down under with Robert Hickmott for the owner Lloyd Williams and then a lengthy stint with Mornington-based trainer Rob Blacker.
Sent to Weir in December last year, he is yet to race under less than a mile and has won up to 3000m at Moonee Valley in December of 2010.
He’s also been up over the two miles once before but struck interference near the 400m mark in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) two years ago and finished a well beaten 10th behind Ibicenco.
Last year’s Adelaide Cup winner meanwhile was the Nigel Blackiston-trained Outback Joe who came into the race on the back of a third behind Cooldini in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington nine days earlier.
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