Mithen mounts ready to run

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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.

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