Jon Snow home af­ter race loss

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Jon Snow’s Mel­bourne spring cam­paign has come to an end af­ter he tailed the field home in Satur­day’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Noth­ing went to plan for the Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man-trained en­tire and the de­ci­sion was made by his con­nec­tions to bring him home.

“Burst­ing through the gates (be­fore the start) didn’t help,” Fors­man said.

“Damian (Lane, jockey) said he came out of the gates the sec­ond time and felt like a bit of a stunned mul­let.

“The plan was to work for­ward and he couldn’t quite get there and was just planted three-wide with­out cover most of the way on a slow speed.

“Then they sprinted and he got left flat-footed.

“Noth­ing re­ally worked out and at that level things re­ally do have to go your way.”

While dis­ap­pointed in his run, Fors­man said Jon Snow has pulled up re­ally well and is in top or­der, but a lack of op­tions for him has put an end to his spring prepa­ra­tion. “He’s great, he looks out­stand­ing,” Fors­man said.

“That is the most dis­ap­point­ing thing, he’s in such good or­der.

“But at this level there is no hid­ing when things don’t fall into place.

“There were just a lack of op­tions for him here head­ing for­ward. In terms of weight­for-age, ba­si­cally it was the Emi­rates (Gr.1, 2000m) on the last day of the car­ni­val.

“That is go­ing to be very com­pet­i­tive and looks an­other level-up, with those in­ter­na­tion­als, from what he com­peted against in the Makybe Diva (Gr.1, 1600m). So that was al­ways a hard race to wait around for.

“If we con­sid­ered a hand­i­cap he is just too poorly off in the hand­i­caps to be fair to him.”

The Group One-win­ning son of If­fraaj flew home yes­ter­day for a freshen-up be­fore the five-year-old’s con­nec­tions eye au­tumn spoils.

“We thought we might just be bet­ter off to bring him home, give him a lit­tle freshen-up and tar­get a weight-for-age race at home and then con­sider our op­tions head­ing into the au­tumn.”

Mean­while, the Cam­bridge train­ing duo still have Gr.1 Mel­bourne Cup (3200m) con­tender Za­cada vy­ing for a spot in the two-mile fea­ture.

The Gr.1 Syd­ney Cup (3200m) run­ner-up was set to con­test the Gr.3 Gee­long Cup (2400m) yes­ter­day and Fors­man is hop­ing for big things from the Zabeel sixyear-old.

“He’s re­ally good, he fi­nally looks sharp and fit like he might be ready to do some­thing, so he looks to be peak­ing at the right time.”

Jon Snow will not con­test the Gr.1 Mel­bourne Cup (3200m) this year.

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