Levendi to target the Sydney autumn
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