Trainer James Cummings will send talented two year old Microphone back to Sydney for a Golden Slipper campaign after the colt scored a dominant win in the Listed $140,000 Talindert Stakes (1100m) down the Flemington straight today.
Microphone ($4 favourite) toyed with his opposition as James McDonald stuck to the inside from the number one gate and the Exceed And Excel colt careered away over the final stages to record a two and a quarter lengths win over the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Talented ($5) with Charleise ($26) sticking on for third.
Microphone’s all three runs have been in Melbourne but Cummings said that he would take the colt back to Sydney to run in the Group 2 $200,000 Schewppes Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 2 in the lead up to the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill three weeks later.
“Microphone, I thought his win there was really quite promising in the way he kept driving to the line,” Cummings said.
“And he looks like a horse that will be well suited in Sydney now and a race like the Skyline that is coming up in a couple of weeks looks quite ideal for him.”
“With only three runs under his belt he looks like he still has a bit of upside.”
“We will reflect on the rating of the race and I will talk to Dominic about it and I will talk to the boys on Monday but I think the Skyline sets up rally nicely, 1200m should be within his reach.”
“Now he can embark on a Sydney campaign.”
Cummings already has the top two in the betting for the Golden Slipper at Ladbrokes.com.au with Tassort at $5 and Exhilarates at $9 while Microphone is now a $17 chance.