Griffiths targets double
CRANBOURNEtrainer Robbie Griffiths is set to land Melbourne’ssummerfeature race double after taking out the first leg with six-year-old Cocinero in Wednesday’s Listed Christmas Stakes at Caulfield.
Griffiths isnowlooking forward to CountToZero contesting Tuesday’sGroup Three StandishHcp(1200m) at Flemington.
Last year Cocinero missed the start and was desperately unluckywhenhe finished third in the Standishwhenit was run at Caulfield but Craig Newitt hadhimclose to the lead all the wayin Wednesday’s 1200m feature.
Heset up a winning break halfwaydownthe straight whenNewitt dashedhimclear to score by 21/ lengths from dead-heaters Stickpin and Colonel Parker.
It it is nice to seehimwin a good race like this,’’ Griffiths said.
Hewona stakes race as a three-year-old but has had so manyplacings since, running second and third to some really goodGroupOnehorses.’’
Cocinero has been placed at eight of his 19 starts at stakes level in his 28-start career and wonjust over $470,000.
Helooked an outstanding prospect as a young horse, winning four of his first five starts before being elevated against some of the Australia’s best sprinters.
Griffiths immediately ruled out backing up Cocinero against CountToZero in the Standish.
Both horses are owned in similar interests, and Flemington has been a hoodoo track for Cocinero.
I don’t like backinghimup too quickly,’’ Griffiths said.
Wemight just wait for the Carlyon Stakes again at the end of January or I might stretch himto 1400 metres and runhim in the (Listed) John Dillon Stakes here on January 12.
Hehas been a bit flat in the middle stages of some of his races so might appreciate going to 1400 metres,’’
CountToZero hasn’t raced since finishing fifth in the GroupThreeSandownStakes (1400m) on November 17 but looks a strong Standish chance on his previous start win in the GroupThree Ellerston Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.