Following a less-than-convincing run for fourth in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) on a rain-soaked Randwick track last weekend, trainer Jamie Edwards has revealed Sertorius will only run in this weekend’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) if track conditions improve.
Running on what was a genuine heavy 9 on day 1 of the inaugural The Championships last Saturday, Edwards told TVN even a slightly firmer surface would likely be enough to attract the talented six-year-old to a Sydney Cup start.
“We will press on to the Sydney Cup, but if the track is going to be similar to what it was yesterday (Saturday) we’ll have to consider whether we run him” Edwards said.
“If the track is a Slow 5 or something like that we will run and I think he will go well.
“We got found out on a real bottomless heave track yesterday.”
Revealing Sertorius has pulled up in near-perfect condition after the Chairman’s Handicap, Edwards said a large drop in weights from last weekend’s top weight of 59kgs is a particularly alluring bonus for this weekend’s Sydney Cup.
“I think we get in well in the Sydney Cup; just two kilos over the minimum, a massive drop from what he carried yesterday (Saturday)” Edwards added.
“But, if it’s going to be bottomless again we don’t really need to risk the horse. The spring is what it is all about for us.
“We have looked after the horse all his life; we won’t be flogging him on a bottomless track.”
Contesting an impressive career of nine wins and twelve places from thirty race starts to date, Sertorius is yet to claim a victory at the highest level of Australian racing, but has returned to the track in particularly competitive form this preparation.
Unlucky to finish second behind Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) first-upon February 22nd, the Galileo gelding ran a strong third in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) before again pushing for a place when fifth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and fourth in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) prior to the Chairman’s Handicap.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Sydney Cup is due to be released following a ceremony on Tuesday evening.
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