Spring looks a bet­ter fit for Ru­pee

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

LANKAN Ru­pee will run in a 1200mrace in Ade­laide rather than take a step up dis­tance at Caulfield in which vic­tory would gain him start in the Mem­sie Stakes.

The eight-year-old will con­test to­mor­row’s Spring Stakes (1200m) at Mor­phettville in­stead of the P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Trainer Mick Price con­tem­plated mak­ing an all-out at­tempt at the Lawrence Stakes in a bid to gain a start in the $1 mil­lion Mem­sie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Septem­ber 2.

With in­jury re­strict­ing Lankan Ru­pee to four starts in the past two years, the geld­ing has not col­lected enough prize money and would be one of first bal­loted.

First at Mor­phettville to­mor­row is $76,800 which may be short of what the for­mer world’s high­es­trated sprinter needs to gain a start in the Mem­sie.

Price doesn’t feel it is in the best in­ter­ests of Lankan Ru­pee to step him up to 1400m so quickly fol­low­ing his first-up se­cond to Abil­ity in the Bletch­ingly Stakes at Sandown on Au­gust 6.

“We’ve come this far so if he doesn’t get a run in the Mem­sie, that’s just bad luck,” Price said.

“I reckon trip away will do him the world of good and he can still get a run in the Mem­sie if there hap­pens to be less than 16.

“I’m very happy with him and I think he’s back.”

Price will run Duke Of Brunswick in the Re­gal Roller Stakes (1200m) rather than the PB Lawrence.

Duke Of Brunswick chased Abil­ity and Lankan Ru­pee home in the Bletch­ingly at Sandown at his most re­cent run.

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