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Overseas campaign may be on the cards for Swiss Ace


Trainer Mick Mair hasn’t ruled out an international campaign next season for Oakleigh Plate winner Swiss Ace.

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Swiss Ace gave Mair his first Group One winner in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield in February before Brisbane winter plans aimed at the Group One Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicaps were washed away by wet tracks.
Mair is now aiming Swiss Ace for the Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in September and expects the rising five-year-old entire to race on for at least another season.
Owners Daryl and Karen Rogers, who paid $5,000 for Swiss Ace as a yearling, have fielded a number of stud offers for the son of Secret Savings.
"There’s been a couple of offers for him to go to stud but I suspect his owners want to race him for another year," Mair said.
"If he can win another Group One it would drastically increase his stud value."
Mair sent Swiss Ace to the paddock when it became apparent the $1 million Stradbroke (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 6 would be run on a heavy track.
Rain previously prevented Swiss Ace from starting in the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in May.
"He’ll have another two weeks in the paddock before he comes back into work for Melbourne," Mair said.
"There’s three or four races I’ve got in mind in the spring and the Manikato is the first.
"He’ll only have a handful of runs in Melbourne and I’m not sure after that but I haven’t ruled out an overseas trip.
"There’s Hong Kong, Dubai and England we could consider and I haven’t ruled out any of them."
Mair, who admitted he dislikes travelling, rated Swiss Ace’s performance when runner-up to Perth star Scenic Blast in the Group One Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March as the sprinter’s best autumn showing.
"He won the Oakleigh Plate from the outside gate but his Newmarket run was his best down there," Mair said.
"He would have beaten Scenic Blast in another 50 metres and we’ve seen what the Perth horse has done since in England."
Scenic Blast travelled to England following his Newmarket Handicap success and claimed the Group One King’s Stand Stakes (1006m) at Royal Ascot on June 16.
He now has a mortgage on favouritism for the forthcoming July Cup at Newmarket.
Swiss Ace has not started since finishing a disappointing last of nine to Sydney sprinter Duporth in the Group One BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 9.
Mair knew before the race, when Swiss Ace played up in the enclosure, that a bad run was looming.
"He was in a piggish mood that day and had his mind on other things," he said.
"I worked him in blinkers from then on and we were raring to go for the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke but then the rain came."