Rostropovich a chance to take on Winx on his way to the Cup

The Sportsman Midweek - - Warwick Farm | Preview - CRAIG BREN­NAN

THE trav­el­ling fore­man for Irish trainer Ai­dan O’Brien is play­ing a wait­ing game with the fi­nal two of the sta­ble’s horses to ar­rive in Mel­bourne for spring car­ni­val.

TJ Comer­ford ar­rived in Mel­bourne in late Septem­ber with a team of five in­clud­ing The Cliff­sof­mo­her.

Sta­ble­mates Idaho and Rostropovich were on the fi­nal ship­ment of eight in­ter­na­tional horses to land Oc­to­ber 13 with the pair fin­ish­ing quar­an­tine on Satur­day.

Comer­ford said there re­mained a pos­si­bil­ity Rostropovich could run in Satur­day’s Cox Plate and take on Winx while Idaho may the Moonee Val­ley Cup.

“We’ve just got to see what Ai­dan wants to do,” Comer­ford said.

“We’ll find out dur­ing the week if Ai­dan want to run him ( Rostropovich) in the Cox Plate.

“I’ve been on to him but Ai­dan will take what­ever time it takes.”

A de­ci­sion whether Rostropovich lines up needs to be made by 8.30am to­day ( Tues­day).

Comer­ford says O’Brien wants to know the sta­tis­tics of how many horses have com­peted in the Cox Plate and gone on to win

Mel­bourne Cup. “He likes the horse and thinks he’s a live chance, oth­er­wise he wouldn’t be here,” Comer­ford said.

“I think there’s been four in the last 11 years to run in a Cox Plate and then win the Mel­bourne Cup.

“They sound good and I’d like to think we could run in it, have a race out of it, and then see how we get on.”

Comer­ford said if Rostropovich was to head to Moonee Val­ley, then he would like to take Idaho away for a gal­lop.

“Or if there was some­thing else for him, maybe he could have a run,” Comer­ford said.

“Other than that, we’d like to keep the horses to­gether.”

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