Second Chance for Plutorius in 2015 Australia Day Cup

Six-year-old Plutorius made his black-type race debut on January 1 in the Listed Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m), however things didn’t go to plan so trainer Kevin Moses has given the gelding another chance.

Plutorius (outside) will get another chance at stakes success in the Australia Day Cup.

Plutorius (outside) will get another chance at stakes success in the Australia Day Cup. Photo by Steve Hart.

Plutorius was the joint $3.80 favourite along with Multilateral heading into the Tattersalls Club Cup. He held the front after some early pressure and was taken on again 600 metres out. He continued to hold a slight lead at the turn but dropped off after that in a disappointing run that saw him finish dead last over nine lengths behind the winner.

Moses chose the race as a test of Plutorius’ ability at stakes level of racing but it all fell apart. He will get one more chance at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday in the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m).

“I told the jockey to be careful not to get boxed in because that can happen in small fields,” Moses told Sky Racing.

“I didn’t want him to lead so we will try again.

“I want to see if he can get 2400 metres in that class because that opens up a lot of options for him if he can.

“He has been up a long time so I don’t know if he will keep going this preparation but at least we will know where he is going next time.”

Plutorius was one of just 11 horses that featured in the 2015 Australia Day Cup nominations on Monday, headlined by Chris Waller’s Permit and Multilateral, which means Plutorius has his chance at revenge.

Jason Collett will replace Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.

The six-year-old gelding has won eight of his 33 career starts, the highest of which was a Benchmark 80 over 1800 metres in November.

Nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Cup have been extended until 11:00am Tuesday morning while the final field and barrier draw will be released the following day.

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