Ciaron Maher’s Irish-bred Kapour is confirmed to run this weekend but may go to Melbourne instead of racing in Sydney’s 2015 Winter Cup at Rosehill Gardens.
The Toylsome five-year-old has won three of his 11 career starts to date, but is yet to win down under having been imported over in September last year.
His latest run was at Moonee Valley on June 6 over 2040m when jockey Dwayne Dunn guided him to a sixth place finish just under five lengths off the winner Digitalism as a $41 outsider in a handicap feature.
After that he was trialled over 2400m as a hurdler but will be back to flat racing for his next run this Saturday, with Maher ruling out any plans to turn him into a jumps horse.
“I just used it as a gallop really,” he explained to AAP.
“I just thought it fitted in well and I thought he needed a nice hit-out. It can really bring them on sometimes too.”
The gelding is a dual nominee for Saturday and is in the mix for both Flemington’s $80,000 Banjo Paterson Series Heat 5 (2500m), the $150,000 Listed final for which runs back at the track on July 11, as well as the only black type on the weekend – the $100,000 Listed ATC Winter Cup (2400m).
Maher, who has enjoyed great success in Queensland over the winter thanks to the dual Group 1 wins of his talented mare Srikandi in the Stradbroke Handicap and Tattersall’s Tiara, said the final decision of which race Kapour runs in could come down to the track conditions.
“He appreciates a bit of cut in the track. We’ll have a look at both races,” the Victorian horseman said.
“We’ll just have a look at the fields and the weather and weigh it all up.”
Recent wet weather in Sydney has Rosehill Racecourse currently rated in the Slow range, which would work in the import’s favour with Kapour boasting good form on rain-affected tracks.
A Listed winner over 2000m back in France, the horse has been competitive up to 2400m finishing runner-up in Listed company in another race back in France but is yet to be tested over further than 2040m in Australia.
“He gives us every indication he’s just a real genuine stayer,” Maher said.
“His two runs in this time have been good so out to that trip, hopefully he can start to hit some form.”
This year’s ATC Winter Cup nominations are dominated numbers-wise by Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller with seven early entries including Bagman and last start Ipswich Cup winner Danchai.
The Banjo Paterson Series Heat 5 meanwhile attracted a bumper 28 nominations with Crafty Cruiser topping the ballot and weights with 60kg.
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