Xtrav­a­gant all clear for week­end

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Af­ter hav­ing to be stood down from his in­tended Mel­bourne cam­paign opener last week, Mata­mata Horse of the Year Xtrav­a­gant is all set to step put this Satur­day.

Last sea­son’s cham­pion three­year-old stayed in his box last Satur­day due to a tem­per­a­ture spike that in­ter­rupted his train­ing sched­ule lead­ing up to the Moonee Val­ley meet­ing.

Co-trainer Stephen Autridge has since given the all-clear to line up this week­end.

it prom­ises to hope­fully be the first step to a start in the Cox Plate in late Oc­to­ber.

Stephen re­ported from Mel­bourne on Mon­day that all is well again and the Pen­tire colt will run in the Gr. 2 Bob­bie Lewis Qual­ity down the Flem­ing­ton straight 1200 me­tres this week­end.

‘‘That’s pro­vided he goes okay in his main hit out to­mor­row morn­ing, but every­thing seems fine with him,’’ he said.

‘‘It wasn’t a big­gie last week and if we hadn’t been do­ing tem­per­a­tures and bloods we mightn’t even have picked it up.

‘‘But as it was we were able to treat it prop­erly and he’s been good ever since.

‘‘It was a re­lief that Damien (Oliver) was able to stick with the ship and look­ing at the way they were rac­ing at the Val­ley, I didn’t re­ally mind that he wasn’t there.

‘‘Un­less you were a swooper you were no hope.

‘‘So I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing him down the straight-six on Satur­day.’’

While noth­ing is set in stone be­yond the week­end, the next race pen­cilled in for Xtrav­a­gant is the Gr. 1 Sir Ru­pert Clarke Stakes over 1400 me­tres at Caulfield on Septem­ber 24.

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Cham­pion three-year-old Xtrav­a­gant is set for a de­layed start to his Mel­bourne cam­paign at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day.

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