Three-year-old Triple Crown winner It’s A Dundeel is enjoying life in Melbourne ahead of his return to racing in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 31.
It’s A Dundeel arrived in Melbourne last Sunday and has settled in nicely for what is set to be a lengthy stint in the sporting capital of the world.
The High Chaparral colt will begin his spring campaign in what is set to be a thrilling edition of the Memsie Stakes, with wonder mare Atlantic Jewel, Australian Cup winner Super Cool, Gai Waterhouse import Fiorente and last year’s winner Sincero all a chance to take part in the race.
Trainer Murray Baker told Sky Racing HQ this morning that It’s A Dundeel is ready for his return to the races but believes the four-year-old will need to be at his very best to add a fifth victory at Group 1 level to his racing resume.
“It is going to be a very strong race it seems as though all the top horses are all lining up and it will be a good test,” Baker said on Sky Racing Radio.
“We are hoping that he is forward enough to be running on but he has only had the one jump-out, we are trying to keep him fresh so he is able to stay in touch.”
It’s A Dundeel has been touted as a ‘Cups’ horse but Baker did not include the classy entire in the nominations for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and confirmed today that the Cox Plate (2040m) would be his major 2013 Spring Racing Carnival target.
“Hopefully if he runs into some form we can continue on to the Cox Plate,” Baker said.
Baker has not had a runner in the Cox Plate since 2010 Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer had to be put down after breaking his leg during the 2011 edition of the race.