Signoff will be spelled ahead of an autumn return with trainer Darren Weir ruling the stayer out of a Melbourne Cup 2015 bid due to a leg injury sustained back in April.
Noting the five-year-old son of Authrozied was still not 100%, Weir has pulled the pin on Signoff’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign that was heading towards a run in the world’s richest handicap on the first Tuesday of November.
One of the top early fancies in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, Signoff was last seen running eighth over the mile at the same track in his sole run of the autumn on April 11 where he injured a suspensory ligament.
His spring campaign last season was impressive and included a second in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and third in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) at Caulfield.
The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira then rode him to victory in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Victoria Derby Day before he backed up only a few days later to run a brave fourth behind German raider Protectionist in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
Weir is now focused on getting the galloper back to full fitness in time for a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign next year where his major assignment will be the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles a Royal Randwick during April’s The Championships.
“He’s not too bad but he’s not quite right. He’s just not going to be ready for a Melbourne Cup campaign,” Weir told the Herald Sun this week.
“I’ll ease up on and set him for next year’s Sydney Cup.”
Melbourne Cup 2015 nominations close in early September with the current futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the ‘race that stops a nation’ led by Japanese stayer Fame Game ($11).
The Yoshitada Munakata-trained Fame Game was this week one of three horses from Japan nominated for Victoria’s other premier staying showdown, the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) run on October 17.
A total of 25 internationals feature in this year’s 209 Caulfield Cup nominations, Japan vying for back-to-back victories in the mile and a half classic following the success of the ill-fated Admire Rakti last year.
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