Co-trainer Adrian Bott has confirmed the stable’s progressive three-year-old Lord Macau will be nominated for a shot at the Victoria Derby 2016 this Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The son of Casino Prince from Sweet Cheeks has won one of his five starts to date and lines-up for his sixth race assignment on Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day at Moonee Valley on the weekend.
Bott and training partner Gai Waterhouse have the gelding nominated for the $80,000 Super Vobis Three-Years-Old Handicap (1514m) as the up-and-comer gears up for tougher Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival missions.
His latest win was over 1400m at Warwick Farm in late June, while his last start on July 30 produced a close third when just a half-length off the winner Golden Organic over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney.
Saturday will be his first Melbourne assignment, Lord Macau one of a bumper 39 early entries for the day’s opening race.
Bott confirmed they would nominate the horse for the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m), with early entries for the October 29 classic closing on September 20.
A nomination for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), held on November 1, will also be thrown in for Lord Macau with the first official entries for the ‘race that stops a nation’ out today – August 30, 2016.
Lord Macau was put through his paces at the tight Moonee Valley circuit in a Tuesday morning hit-out alongside 2016 Melbourne Cup-bound stablemate Excess Knowledge who also runs at the track on Saturday.
“It was a good opportunity for him too, as he’s in on Saturday,” Bott told Racing Victoria speaking of Lord Macau’s Moonee Valley work.
Last spring’s Lexus Stakes winning import Excess Knowledge ran seventh to 101/1 winner Prince Of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup last November, beaten only three lengths in the world’s richest handicap.
Waterhouse won the Melbourne Cup in 2013 with her French import Fiorente and has also trained one former Victoria Derby winner with Nothin’ Leica Dane back in 1995 over 20 years ago.
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