Radipole a lightweight chance
MIKE Moroney considers the Kennedy Mile at Flemington a good opportunity to give import Radipole crack at a rich Group 1 handicap with a light weight.
But the trainer believes the barrier draw for five-year- old former French-trained galloper in tomorrow’s $1 million race is less than ideal.
Radipole has barrier 11 in the field of 14 and goes into the race off a last-start second in the Listed Seymour Cup on October 22.
A winner of four of his eight starts France, Radipole has won one of his five Australian races with the victory coming in an 1800m handicap at Caulfield on July 1.
He was then given a let-up ahead of spring.
Moroney believes Radipole has improved from the Seymour Cup which was only his second spring start having missed a planned run at Caulfield on October 1 because he got a boil on his wither.
“I’m a bit disappointed with his barrier draw,” Moroney said.
“That’s going to make it tough but we just thought he would be a light weight chance.
“It’s not that often you get the chance to run in a Group 1 handicap with 52 kilos with a horse of his quality, because we do think he’s going to make way through.
“He’s lightly raced and he’s one of our better ones now he’s acclimatised.”
The Kennedy Mile is planned to be Radipole’s final start this campaign, with Moroney keen to focus more on next year’s autumn and winter carnivals with the gelding.