2017 Sydney Cup an Option for Exospheric

December 13th, 2016

Lee Freedman has revealed that talented stayer Exospheric has returned to work, ahead of a 2017 Autumn Carnival preparation that could be geared towards a race like the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during The Championships.

Exospheric could be set for the Group 1 Sydney Cup upon resuming in 2017. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Exospheric could be set for the Group 1 Sydney Cup upon resuming in 2017. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Exospheric began his racing career under the guidance of Sir Michael Stoute in Britain and immediately stamped himself to the Australian racing community during the recent Spring Carnival; running third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before placing a credible eighth in the Melbourne Cup.

Freedman told Racing Victoria that the Beat Hollow entire has taken well to his time away from racing and while yet to settle on a specific plan for the horse, will look towards a race like the 2017 Sydney Cup as the major autumn target.

“He’s spelled nicely and has put on a bit of weight and we’re very pleased with him,” Freedman said.

“His runs in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups were very creditable and he’s the sort of horse who’ll come on well from that first preparation I’d think.

“There are plenty of options for a horse like him and we’ll make a decision on exactly which races we’ll target with him in around a month’s time.”

Exospheric made his racing debut in the early stages of 2015 and subsequently posted three race wins through a total of six starts in his maiden preparation.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this year, Exospheric ran a pleasing third in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2414m) before ending his British tenure fifth in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes (2092m) on August 17th.

Exopsheric is currently rated a $15 chance in early betting markets for the 2017 edition of the Sydney Cup.

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