Mithen mounts ready to run
Ted Mithen said Runaway had “bounced” out of the Cup.
“He’s given every indication he’s fine and ready to go on,” Mithen said.
“It’s his first run for maybe five weeks and it will be interesting to see how he goes, but he’s fit and well, a happy horse and he should make a good account of himself.
“He’d had a reasonably light spring.
“I think in the Melbourne Cup he was fourth-up; he only got going first-up in late September, so he hadn’t actually had a very taxing spring.”
Mithen said the team was still trying to learn what best suited the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Botttrained galloper.
“He’s only a four-year-old so we’re trying to find out what level he’s at and what his best distance is and how he’s best ridden,” he said.
“These sort of races like the Pakenham Cup are a good option to explore that.
“He obviously won the Geelong Cup, which would be stronger than this.”
Meanwhile, the team runs Iconoclasm in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) in Perth today after his eighth-placed finish in the Railway Stakes.
“He’s a horse who likes to go forward and get rolling in his races, rather than a short sharp sprint that maybe was required in the mile handicap races,” Mithen said.
“Hopefully he’s going to be bet- ter suited at the 1800m at weightfor-age over there.
“Obviously it’s going to be a pretty hot field and Bob Peters has got all these horses in it (Arcadia Queen, Galaxy Star, Perfect Jewel and Star Exhibit) that are flying, so we’re going to be up against it there but he’s going well and all the reports have been good.”
Rosemont Stud will also be represented by Volkstok’n’barrel, who runs in a Group 3 race in Singapore this weekend.