Charging home to secure an incredible Group 1 victory in his first appearance in a black type race in 2014, trainer Henry Dwyer has revealed stable star Sonntag will be set for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on Day 2 of The Championships upon returning to competition in 2015.
Securing four wins and a further two minor places from just ten competitive appearances at the races to date, Sonntag has not been seen at the races since finishing a disappointing eight in the Group 2 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on November 15th; a race for which he jumped clear favourite.
Having reportedly taken well to his time away from the track, Dwyer has been thrilled with the condition of the son of Teofilo since his subsequent return to work and is excited by the prospects of further top-line success during the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival.
“He’s come back well,” Dwyer told TVN.
Unable to secure much of a competitive run of form over his maiden preparation through the autumn of 2013, Sonntag placed fifth in the Geoff Murphy Handicap (1200m) on debut and returned to the paddock following a forgettable run for seventh in a Sandown two-year-old Handicap event, finishing behind the likes of Long John.
Contesting just one race over the 2013 spring; a fourth place finish in the MRC Millinery Evenings Maiden (1216m) in August, the gelding out of Parfaits placed third in the Mitavite Plate (1300m) first-up before breaking through for a maiden race win in the Plumbtec Lakes Entrance Maiden (1500m).
Running a close second in the Stramit Building Products RST64 (1600m) on May 17th, Sonntag overcame a talented field in the ALH Group Handicap (2000m) on May 17th; booking his ticket north for his successful tilt in the Queensland Derby.
Comfortably taking out the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) three weeks prior to the Eclipse Stakes, Sonntag is likely to return to racing in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 14th ahead of appearances in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m), Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and finally the 2015 Sydney Cup.
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