Adelaide-trained youngster Captain Duffy is set to make his interstate debut in Melbourne on Flemington’s Finals Day card this Saturday with trainer Phillip Stokes testing the two-year-old’s ability in the Taj Rossi Series Final 2016.
One of four Black-Type features on the program, this year’s $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) attracted 17 juveniles at nomination stage on Monday including King Cugat colt Captain Duffy.
The youngster, trained at Morphettville in South Australia, has had three starts at home to date for a breakthrough win over 1200m last time out on June 25.
He will now get the chance to continue the form when stepped up notably in class and distance, Stokes keen to see how Captain Duffy handles the Victorian runners and the mile with Patrick Moloney booked for the ride.
“I think he’s crying out for the mile and basically that’s the only mile race for two-year-olds that we can find in this part of the world,” Stokes told AAP.
“He’s a last-start winner and I just thought it would be a good time to send him over there to see where he sits in the bigger picture.
“His last-start win was courageous. He found the line well and I just want to see where he’s at.”
Stokes will use Captain Duff’s run on the weekend to help decide whether he brings him back to Melbourne for a Spring Carnival bid later this year.
“I know where he sits back here in Adelaide,” Stokes said.
“He hasn’t really beaten much so we’ll just see where he fits in over there.
“If he steps up and wins you might see him over the spring, and if he doesn’t he’ll be back here.”
There are only two other last-start winners nominated for the Taj Rossi Series Final this winter with the Danny Williams-trained Commands gelding from Goulburn Vee Eight coming off back-to-back victories at Wagga and the John O’Shea-trained Trenchant.
Godolphin’s promising and well-bred Medaglia D’Oro colt Trenchant enjoyed his maiden victory on June 25 at Flemington over 1400m running away for a 2.25 length victory.
Trenchant is the equal 59kg top weight for the handicap clash along with Mick Sell’s stakes-placed Moshay coming off a fourth in the same Flemington lead-up.
Moshe gelding Moshway carried 56kg that day to cross 4.5 lengths off Trenchant, while the winner goes up from 54kg.
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