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Untapped galloper Syd’s Footprints could be 2019 The Kosciuszko bound this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with the second edition of the $1.3 million Royal Randwick feature calling for the Scone-trained gelding.
Held on The Everest Day on Saturday October 19, the special condition The Kosciuszko (1200m) is open only to NSW country-trained horses.
Brett Cavanough is already looking at the event, which is the world’s richest race for country-trained gallopers, for his Albrecht three-year-old Syd’s Footprints who returns to racing this weekend.
“He’s in now with a view to the Kosciusko, like every country-trained horse that’s shown something,” Cavanough told Racenet this week.
“I’m not sure how good he is yet but we’ll find out.
“He’ll tell me if he’s good enough and Saturday’s the start point.”
A winner of three of his five career starts to date, the rising four-year-old lines up in the second at Randwick on Saturday – a Class 3 handicap over 1000m.
With the early scratching of I Am Captain, Syd’s Footprints carries the 58.5kg topweight from gate three with Blake Shinn aboard the current $3.10 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Syd’s Footprints is a proven first-up performer and was last seen saluting in a Class 2 set weights event over 1200m at Tamworth on March 10.
His only other previous trip to Randwick was on Australia Day earlier in the year when he finished three lengths back fifth behind Sylvia’s Mother in the $125,000 2019 Membership Handicap (1100m) carrying just 52kg.
Cavanough is hoping for an improved effort fresh this Saturday from his potential The Kosciuszko runner despite Syd’s Footprints going to the race without a trial and seeing a Heavy-rated track for the first time.
“Smart horse at home but I still haven’t pressed the button to get him to run sub 33s but I think he could,” he said.
“He’s ready to go to the races. He’s done plenty of work in the dark.
“The Heavy track is a question mark but we need to find out at some point.
“He’ll probably get a fright when he sees the mud because he’s been born and raised in Scone and he hasn’t seen it for the past couple of years.”
Pre-nomination The Kosciuszko betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is led by Jenny Graham’s Group 1 performer Victorem ($4) from Port Macquarie and the Queanbeayan-trained Country Championships Final winner Noble Boy ($5).
Check out all the weekend’s racing odds online plus futures markets on The Kosciuszko 2019 now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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