Radipole a light­weight chance

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOO­GOOD

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.

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