Avalon eyes Dubai run

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

CAM­PAIGN­ING five-yearold geld­ing Streets Of Avalon in Dubai early next year is a con­sid­er­a­tion for trainer Shane Ni­chols but first he will con­cen­trate on the rest of the Mel­bourne spring car­ni­val.

Streets Of Avalon backed up seven days af­ter fin­ish­ing un­placed in the Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap (1600m) to win yes­ter­day’s Group 3 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m with Ben Mel­ham aboard.

Ni­chols said the idea of cam­paign­ing the geld­ing in Dubai be­tween Jan­uary and March, in races worth around $300,000, had been dis­cussed. “There’s a spread of races in Dubai for him early next year but his rat­ing might have gone up a cou­ple of points so it might make it a lit­tle bit tricky,” he said.

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