Levendi to tar­get the Syd­ney au­tumn

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AUS­TRALIAN Derby win­ner Levendi is back in work pre­par­ing for an as­sault on au­tumn rac­ing in Syd­ney.

The Peter Ge­lago­tis-trained Levendi missed the spring af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­move bone chips shortly af­ter his vic­tory in the Derby at Royal Rand­wick April.

Ge­lago­tis said Levendi had been in work for a cou­ple of weeks and would be given slow build-up to an au­tumn cam­paign.

“He’s a hand­ful, a typ­i­cal boy,” Ge­lago­tis said.

just go­ing through his pre­lim­i­nar­ies at the mo­ment and we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting him back in the au­tumn and be­ing a real com­peti­tor.

“He’s X-rayed up sen­sa­tional and you wouldn’t know he’s had surgery for knee chips.

“That’s a good sign and his sound­ness is im­pec­ca­ble.

“He’s done cou­ple of weeks work and his ac­tion is even bet­ter now than be­fore.”

Ge­lago­tis would ideally like to set the four-year- old for a shot at the Group 1 Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes dur­ing The Cham­pi­onships, but cham­pion Winx may prove a stum­bling block.

He be­lieves Levendi is up to mak­ing his mark at weight-for-age level dur­ing his four-year- old cam­paign.

“The Queen El­iz­a­beth would be a nice race if Winx isn’t around,” he said.

“But we’ve got to dodge bul­lets there’s the Ran­vet and the Tan­cred, they’re still worth good money.

“They’re races to tar­get aside from the Queen El­iz­a­beth and he loves Syd­ney so it would be silly not to go back there.”

The win­ner of the Car­bine Club Stakes at Flem­ing­ton dur­ing the 2017 Mel­bourne Cup car­ni­val, Levendi reached his peak in Syd­ney dur­ing the au­tumn win­ning the Tul­loch Stakes at Rosehill Gar­dens a week be­fore his Derby suc­cess when he beat Ace High.

Levendi is back in work af­ter surgery. Pic: Grant Guy

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