Blacks A Fake to miss Victoria Cup

Champion pacer Blacks A Fake will miss Saturday’s Victoria Cup with trainer Natalie Rasmussen preferring to concentrate on a fifth Inter Dominion early next year.

Blacks A Fake posted yet another win at Albion Park in Brisbane on Saturday night but Rasmussen cited his slow recovery rate as the reason not to head to Melbourne on a seven-day back-up.

“He’s just a little bit tired and I thought if I brought him down he’s guaranteed a really hard run,” Rasmussen told Harness Racing Victoria.

“When I put him out for a break before the Inter (Dominion) I don’t want him to be a tired horse.

“And I just thought that by the time I get him to Melbourne and give him a gut-busting run he’ll end up at the end of his tether, which I just don’t want with the Inter Dominion still his main goal in March.”

The highest prizemoney winner in the world, Blacks A Fake will have just one more run in Queensland before a short break.

The 10-year-old will return in the new year for what is almost certain to be his final campaign with the Inter Dominion in Christchurch in March-April his main aim.

“We’ll give him one more run up here and then give him about a fortnight off,” Rasmussen said.

“Ideally I’d like to have him racing up here by February again before a crack at our fifth (Inter Dominion win).

“What happens after that I couldn’t tell you if I tried.”

The Victoria Cup line-up boasts local champion Smoken Up who denied Blacks A Fake victory in last month’s Miracle Mile and 2009 Inter Dominion winner Mr Feelgood.