Kavanagh upbeat about his star in St George Stakes
MALDIVIAN can confirm his high rating in Australian Cup markets by bouncing back with a win in Saturday’s Group Two St George Stakes at Caulfield.
As Mark Kavanagh predicted, the Zabeel five-year-old was vulnerable second-up when he ran 13th to Shinzig in the Group OneCF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday week.
He has never won secondup and he has never won at less than 1600 metres,’’ Kavanagh said.
Last spring he was well held second-up when fourth to Marasco in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, but the 1800 metres will be more to his liking on Saturday.’’
Kavanagh said he could not believe how short betting agencies had Maldivian, who is currently $2.80 favourite, this far out from the $1 million Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 8.
The winner of the Group One Caulfield Stakes (2000m) last spring, Maldivian was the raging favourite for the Caulfield Cup but was sensationally scratched when he hit his head on a piece of camera equipment inadvertently left in his barrier stall.
On Saturday he will again meet Australian Cup rivals Rubiscent, Princess Coup, Sirmione, Douro Valley and Fiumicino, who all beat him home in the Orr.
Also among the 12 nominations for the weight-for-age contest is the David Hayestrained Seafarer who won well over 1400m when second-up at Caulfield on Orr Day, beating Sandown Stakes winner Gotta Have Heart.
Anthony Cummings will start both Teranaba, who finished 14th of the 16 runners in the Orr, and Red Lord in the St George.
Teranaba, the 2006 Spring Champion Stakes winner, is heading towards the Australian Cup, but Red Lord, winner of The Lavazza Long Black (2800m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, will return to Sydney after the St George.
Red Lord resumed with an encouraging fifth to Seafarer at Caulfield on February 9. TRAINERPeterMorganis looking to test Tasmanian Derby winnerMegaBoss against stronger company in Saturday week’sGroupTwo AutumnClassic at Caulfield, such is the improvement he says the gelding has made.
MegaBoss was a maiden before breaking through in theGroupThree Tasmanian Derby (2200m) at Hobart last Saturday week at his sixth start.
Thetrip away might have madehim. I’ve never seen a horse so proud of himself,’’ Morgansaid.
I’maiminghimtowards the South Australian Derby (in May), but I’mthinking of runninghimin theAutumn Classic because he pulled up in excellent order after the trip.
I don’tknowwhether he’s up to that race, but I had his blood done and I can’t fault him.
He’s improved six lengths, he’s really bloomed. He’d done that well that I dashedhimup over 400 metres on the morning of the race which is something I don’t normally do.’’
MegaBoss was flown to Tasmania on the Thursday morning before the race and returned to Victoria the following Tuesday.
Ridden by DanielMoor, the three-year-old turned the tables onSandown winner Arazamataz, scoring by 13/ lengths after being headed by that colt in the straight.
It was a good effort as he had worked hard up the hill. Craig Newitt, whorodehim whenhe ran second to Arazamataz over 1800 metres atSandown, said he’d beathimover more ground and he was right.’’
By1997 Prix de Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre, MegaBoss was bred at Rosemont Stud at Ceres, near Geelong, and was sold for $70,000 at the 2006 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Raced by businessman Bruce Mathieson, Mega Boss is out of the Defensive PlaymareMegaAchiever whois a half-sister to Showella, whowonthe 1999 SADerby and the 2000Red Lion Stakes inNewZealand atGroupOnelevel, and to Buster Jones, a dualGroup Three winner.
Defensive Play mares have produced the likes of Victoria Derby and MelbourneCupwinner Efficient, Mackinnon Stakes winner Sirmione and Wakeful Stakes winner Zarita.