Fifty Stars will make a delayed start to his Australian Cup campaign in Saturday’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
Trainers Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig scratched Fifty Stars from last Saturday’s Group 1 CF Orr Stakes after last year’s Australian Cup winner had mucus in his throat when scoped on Thursday.
Vets treated Fifty Stars with antibiotics, which Dabernig said quickly cleared up the minor issue, leaving the import to resume racing at Randwick on Saturday.
“We treated him with antibiotics and if the race (CF Orr Stakes) was three days earlier, we probably would have been right to run him,” Dabernig said.
Dabernig said the Apollo Stakes wasn’t the perfect kick-off race for the Fifty Stars but the timing of the $250,000 race made it the best option for the stallion’s Australian Cup program.
“He’ll run in the Apollo in Sydney next Saturday, which will give him two weeks into the Blamey and he’ll have two weeks into the Australian Cup after that,” Dabernig said.
Fifty Stars’ autumn campaign has been geared towards a shot at back-to-back wins in the Group 1 Australian Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Vince Caligiuri.Source:AAP
“I’m not a fan of first-up interstate but we don’t have a stack of choice of races we can run him in if we want to get to the Australian Cup third-up.”
While the Apollo Stakes is a back-up option for Fifty Stars, Dabernig noted Fifty Stars had a solid Sydney record, which usually led into strong efforts in Melbourne at his next run.
“He’s done the Sydney run a few times and he’s won in Sydney,” Dabernig said.
“More importantly, he’s been to Sydney then come back to Melbourne and run well.”
Fifty Stars was one of nine impressive entries for the Apollo Stakes. Nominations for the weight-for-age race were extended until 11am on Tuesday.
Chris Waller entered Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant, Flight Stakes winner Funstar and Group 1 winners Kolding and Toffee Tongue for the event.
Godolphin entered Golden Eagle winner Colette while impressive import Mugatoo is also among the Apollo Stakes entries.
Originally published asSydney switch for Fifty Stars
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