2015 Sydney Cup the Target for Like A Carousel

February 27th, 2015

Securing several competitive results over 2014 Spring Carnival, trainer Ken Keys has revealed the 2015 Sydney Cup (3200m) on Day 2 of The Championships will figure as the major target for Like A Carousel, who will begin his campaign in Saturday’s Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) at Caulfield.

Like A Carousel will be set for the 2015 Sydney Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Like A Carousel will be set for the 2015 Sydney Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing two wins and a further nine minor places over his 24 competitive appearances on course so far, Like A Carousel has not been seen at the races since finishing an agonizingly-close second to Renew in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) on November 15th.

Having reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and subsequent return to work, Keys told Racing Victoria he is particularly confident of success for the Helike gelding upon reach events above a mile and a half.

“He’s been training really well, but the distance on Saturday is still too short for him, but it’s a starting point for his first start back,” he said.

“He’ll get himself up there pretty well and will be a place chance.

“He’s a genuine stayer. Anything from the 2400 metres onwards, he comes into his own.

“It’s distances shorter than 2400 metres that he struggles with a bit, which he’s going to have to race at on Saturday.

“His fitness is great at the moment, that won’t be a problem. I couldn’t be happier with where he’s at for his first start back.

“He’s been training really well, but the distance on Saturday is still too short for him, but it’s a starting point for his first start back. He’ll get himself up there pretty well and will be a place chance.

“He’s a genuine stayer. Anything from the 2400 metres onwards, he comes into his own.

“It’s distances shorter than 2400 metres that he struggles with a bit, which he’s going to have to race at on Saturday.

“Sydney Cup is the target for him this Autumn,” Keys said.

“He’ll race Saturday, then go to the Mornington Cup then onto the Sydney Cup.

“Last season we went towards the Adelaide Cup straight after Spring and Sydney was a bit of an afterthought. It all came around a bit too quickly for him. We are being smarter about it this time.”

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