TAKEDOWN begins his journey to The Everest when he resumes in the Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
“I’m planning to give Takedown four runs this autumn and then hopefully get a call up for The Everest,’’ trainer Gary Moore said. “There has been a bit of interest in him so far for that race but I would say everyone wants to see how he races — but I can say he is going very well.’’
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The inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) will be run at Royal Randwick on October 14 and Moore is so intent on giving his stable star every chance to run in the world’s richest race on turf, he is prepared to bypass the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane later this season.
“I am only going to give Takedown four runs this campaign because I want to give him a break before The Everest,’’ Moore said. “After Randwick (Saturday) he will go to Brisbane for the Victory Stakes, BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000.’’
Takedown, winner of the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes earlier this season, will resume on a heavy track and carry 60kg — but Moore has boundless confidence in the gelding.
“I feel the only thing that can beat him is the heavy ground,’’ Moore said. “He is definitely better on top of the ground as he is a big-shouldered horse but he does get through the going.
“He goes well fresh and his trials and trackwork have been super. He has done a lot of work for this race and, although his body weight is higher for this race, he is an older horse now. He is ready to go.’’
Moore is hopeful the rain-affected going will bring Kunming in with a competitive chance for the Group 3 $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m).
Originally published as Everest high on Moore’s wishlist
SOURCE: newsnow sport