The fact that Adelaide Cup 2015 favourite Taiyoo has been “up forever” is the only real concern trainer Darren Weir has heading into Monday’s feature race at Morphettville Racecourse.
Weir’s Ballarat-based Haradasun gelding Taiyoo sits top of the early markets for next week’s $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) after a string of top runs.
The five-year-old has won five on the trot including his latest at Morphettville last Saturday.
After winning the Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley the previous Friday night, the genuine stayer travelled to South Australia and made an immediate impact with a half-length victory over Lucky Lucky Lucky in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m).
He’s now had a look at the track he’ll return to when up to Group 2 company for the first time in Monday’s Adelaide Cup up over the two miles, looking to become the first horse to complete the Lord Reims Stakes – Adelaide Cup double in the same year since Apache King (2001).
Taiyoo has all the makings of a two miler but will go up from his winning 56.5kg weight in the Lord Reims Stakes to 59kg as the heavily penalised Adelaide Cup top weight.
Those kilos are about what Weir had expected however, so it isn’t the weight worrying the trainer.
“We expected him to get that weight,” he said.
“He seems alright, we’ll accept and just see how he does over the next few days.”
Instead Weir has some concerns about how Taiyoo will go in a 3200m interstate race in Group 2 company having been up without a notable break since the spring.
“He’s been up forever,” Weir said.
The other major players dominating the all-in Adelaide Cup odds include Tony McEvoy’s Lord Reims Stakes runner-up Lucky Lucky Lucky, Archie Alexander’s Sandown Cup champ over the two miles last November Renew and the Peter Moody-trained Torney Cup runner-up Crime Fighter on just 53kg.
Weir also still officially has impressive Peter Young Stakes third placegetter Akzar and Zabeel six-year-old Zanteco in the mix, but the former is a confirmed non-acceptor and the latter a roughie shot in the markets.
Akzar instead is being aimed at the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on ‘Super Saturday’, March 14, after his gun run at Caulfield over the weekend.
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