Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan is making a slow recovery from a severe bout of colic but Kiwi trainer Murray Baker is already planning an Autumn Carnival campaign.
The dual Derby winner was able to add a third Group 1 prize to his resume with a half length win over English stayer Trip To Paris in the Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 17.
Mongolian Khan was then listed as one of the favourites for the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 3 but Baker had to pull the pin after he came down with a colic attack.
The Holy Roman Emperor four year old was sent to the Werribee Veterinary clinic for treatment and has continued to recover and will be heading home to New Zealand in a couple of weeks and spell before being prepared for the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
“The horse is in the right place. We got him out to the Werribee (veterinary) clinic straight off. It happened so quickly, it was just one of those things,” Baker said.
“It was just a bad case of colic. He’s slowly on the mend.”
“Hopefully, we can get him up for the BMW and Queen Elizabeth. He’ll measure up all right, I reckon.”
“If we get him back to New Zealand and get him into the paddock for a while … it’s a couple of weeks before he can travel back.
“Give him a break, and hopefully get him up for the autumn.
“If not the autumn, then we wait for next spring.”
The weight for age Group 1 $1.5m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill will be run on March 26 next year with the weight for age Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) to be run at Randwick two weeks later.
Mongolian Khan rose through the ranks in New Zealand as a three year old before winning the Group 1 NZ$750,000 TV3 NZ Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 28.
Baker then brought him to Sydney where her claimed his second Derby success in winning the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on the first day of ‘The Championships’ during the 2015 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Even though Baker was disappointed not have Mongolian Khan go around in the Melbourne Cup, the Cambridge trainer was still able to celebrate another Group 1 win when Turn Me Loose was able to lead all of the way to take out the Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on the last day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival on November 7.
Turn Me Loose is already back on home soil in New Zealand and Baker said that he would be in either Sydney or Melbourne or both in the Autumn.
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