By Brad Gray
Antonio Giuseppe has left Chris Waller scratching his head, contemplating several options for the four-year-old over the next four weeks of the Sydney autumn carnival. For now though, he’ll take his place in Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes.
“We’re thinking he’ll run on Saturday,” said Waller.
“He found it hard second-up 2000m (in the Sky High), the intensity of the race and the way it was run. How do you prepare them for a race like that? Well, you’ve got to work them harder and take the speed out of them.
Antonio Giuseppe's Sky High second
“We’ve got to consider whether he is a Doncaster horse because he won so well first-up (over 1500m), has a light weight and the tough Randwick mile will suit. Then there’s the option of missing the BMW and going to the Chairmans and then back up into the Sydney Cup.
“What concerns me is whether he was strong in the final 200m of his Metropolitan run. It’s still sitting in the back of my mind so with him hitting the wall at the 100m mark last Saturday has confused me hence the reason for a lot of thinking. We’ll try to come up with the best solution to get a Group One next to his name.
“It’d be unlikely for him to back up in the BMW if he ran Saturday. That would be three weeks in a row but I’ll never say never.”
Two runners that will definitely be heading towards a Doncaster after Saturday are McCreery and Endless Drama, who first will take on star stablemate Winx in the George Ryder.
“Hughie rode (McCreery) this morning and his exact words were ‘gee, he has sharpened up’ since his first-up run which was good to hear,” said Waller.
“He likes the wet, he is fit and he doesn’t know what he is running against… yet. He might be in for a bit of a shock at the 200m mark but it’s a nice race for him. He drops considerably in weight in the Doncaster hence why he is one of the favourites.
“Perhaps we just rode Endless Drama a bit close last start. If circumstances allow it we’d like to find some cover on him if we can but he jumps so well and puts himself there so that’s the only concern about that plan.”
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