Spring looks a better fit for Rupee
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.