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Untapped young stayer So Si Bon may be earmarked for a 2017 Caulfield Cup bid this spring but trainer Robbie Laing has been told the gun stallion won’t make the cut for the Memsie Stakes field Saturday week.
Cranbourne-based Laing admitted he would have liked to line-up his son of So You Think at Caulfield on September 2 in the Group 1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m), a race set to feature the likes of Vega Magic and Black Heart Bart.
Four-year-old So Si Bon however has only won one of his 13 career starts, a three-years-old maiden at Pakenham back in September of 2016, and therefore sits too low down the ratings to earn a Memsie run.
“We’d love to go to the Memsie but all the good judges tell me that no way known will he get a run as he’s only an 88-starter,” Laing admitted to Racing Victoria this week.
The galloper has plenty of talent and staying potential however and is already a five-time Group 1 performer including his Victoria Derby fourth to Prized Icon last spring and his brave third behind the Kiwi Gingernuts in Sydney’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on a Heavy (10) track back in March.
After a disappointing 11th to fellow New Zealander Jon Snow in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) during ‘The Championships’, So Si Bon went out for a spell.
He made his new season debut on August 12 finishing a close second in a Benchmark 90 behind Sunday Escape after a big run from a wide alley (14 of 15) carrying plenty of weight (58kg).
Over the 1000m first-up So Si Bon came from last to cross just a neck off the winner giving Laing plenty of second-up options for the galloper.
“We could see him at Caulfield over 1100m on Saturday,” Laing said.
“At the end of the day, he’s only won a Pakenham maiden so he gets into races like the Bobbie Lewis and the Sir Rupert Clarke on the minimum [weight].
“Gee, you think he’d be hard to beat over 1400 metres on the minimum in three of four weeks’ time.”
The Group 2 $200,000 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) runs down the Flemington straight on September 16 and is also a target for Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior who heads towards Sydney’s The Everest.
The Group 1 $500,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) is contested a fortnight later at Caulfield Racecourse on October 1.
Laing isn’t stopping there either plotting an ambitious plan to target the Toorak Handicap – Caulfield Cup double emulating the feat achieved by Cole Diesel back in 1989.
“I might do a Cole Diesel and run him in the Toorak Handicap and then Caulfield Cup,” Laing said.
“He can run all distances. He ran fourth in the [VRC] Derby and I thought he was a good thing beaten. He missed the kick, gave them 15 lengths start and ran fourth.”
The Group 1 $500,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) runs over the Caulfield mile on October 14 a fortnight prior to the Group 1 $3 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) giving So Si Bon an extra week’s recovery than Cole Diesel who completed the double on successive Saturdays.
So Si Bon is currently listed as a $51 roughie in futures Caulfield Cup 2017 odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au with Hartnell the $9 favourite following his first-up win in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.
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