Clas­sics still pos­si­ble for rac­ing pair

Waipa Post - - News -

Cam­bridge train­ers Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man will find out in the next week if they will con­test clas­sic spoils over Mel­bourne Cup week with sta­ble three year olds Botti and Ru­bira.

The train­ing duo are un­de­cided whether Ru­bira will con­test the Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m) af­ter she fin­ished fifth be­hind Verry Ellee­gant in the Gr.3 Ethe­real Stakes at Caulfield on Oc­to­ber 20.

“She was just fair the other day, so we’ll give it a week or so and see whether we press onto the Oaks or bring her home,” said Fors­man. “The Oaks will fall away a lit­tle bit and she’ll tell us in a week how she is feel­ing head­ing into it. I can’t fault her — she’s prob­a­bly just a touch weak at this stage.”

Botti pleased con­nec­tions with his last start fifth-plac­ing at Moe and they were hop­ing he can earn a spot in the Gr.1 Vic­to­ria Derby (2500m) field with a good per­for­mance in the Gr.2 Drum­mond Golf Vase (2040m) at Moonee Val­ley.

“His last run was very good. We were rapt with how he went,” said Fors­man. “He had no luck be­ing down on the rail. To his credit for an in­ex­pe­ri­enced horse against older horses, to pick him­self up and still get go­ing again showed a lot of char­ac­ter and I think he is re­ally mak­ing it as a race­horse.

“Hope­fully he can get a lit­tle bit more prize­money to help him get in the Derby the fol­low­ing week.”

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